The road to success often brings about learning experiences from those who have achieved or met their targets. Having a mentor can be a blessing to an entrepreneur, however, not everyone is blessed with that opportunity. If you haven’t found your guru yet, here are 10 tips for the young and aspiring entrepreneur from successful entrepreneurs.
1. Challenge yourself
The biggest motivation for Richard Branson was that he kept challenging himself. He challenged himself to learn everyday and you can too!
2. Do work that you care about
Running a business takes time – no doubt! Steve Jobs stated that the only way to be satisfied in life is to do something you really believe in.
3. Believe in yourself
“Whether you think you can, or think you can’t, you’re right.” – Henry Ford.
Believe that you can succeed, and you’ll find ways through different obstacles. If you don’t, you’ll just find excuses.
4. Find good people
Who you’re with is who you become, don’t you think so? Reid Hoffman, the co-founder of LinkedIn noted that the fastest way to change yourself is to hang with people who are already the way you want to become.
5. Face your fears
Overcoming one’s fear is never easy but it should be done.
“Fearlessness is like a muscle — the more I exercise it, the stronger it becomes.” – Arianna Huffington
6. Take action
The world is full of great ideas but success only comes when you take action or make a move. Walt Disney quoted that the easiest way to get something done is to quit talking and start doing. We could not agree more.
7. Manage energy and not time
Your energy limits what you can do with time so manage it wisely.
8. Learn from your mistakes
Mistakes can be your best teacher so learn from it. Learning from your mistakes inches you one step closer to success.
9. Learn from your customers
Bill Gates once said that your most unhappy customers are your greatest source of learning. Let those unhappy customers teach you where the problems in your service are.
10. Deliver more than expected
Larry Page, the co-founder for Google encourages entrepreneurs to deliver more than is expected by the customers. By doing so, you pave a way in getting noticed in your industry and build a loyal following of customers.
The road to becoming a successful entrepreneur takes a lot of hard work, dedication, vision and perseverance. These 10 tips will help you navigate the path with ease.