It’s the last week of April already. Wherever did the time go?! As we traverse this week, let’s make it count as we reflect on our triumphs and lessons.
There’s been a lot of advice on this next topic over the years, but we at T&T’s Entrepreneurs strive to carve our own path for success based on personal experience. Here’s our Monday Ritual blogger’s advice:
Whatever you’re doing make it your own
There’s a saying that goes a little something like this, “No one can do you, quite like you can.” Not sure about the origins, but it’s message is eternal. It’s vital to put your stamp on whatever you do.
There may be 10 gazillion other people out there offering baking or architecture or photography services. What makes your product or service unique is the pride and confidence you take in infusing your own creativity and talent that sets it apart from the crowd.
Telling yourself things like, “I am just another bakery or cook or artist” means that you have already accepted defeat and not offering anything special to the paying public. What you’re doing is offering yourself up on a silver platter to be eaten alive by the competition.
If you have no ‘fight’ in you, that means you have no passion for what you do and not doing it to win or make profits. Be still and consider this for a moment. If this is indeed true, then you may as well throw in the towel and go back to your 8-4 rat race working for da man.
You are missing a key ingredient to success – a winner’s mindset. It’s all or nothing at all. Ensure that you are operating on all cylinders and giving more than 100% if humanly possible.
You must be in business to win, period.
Don’t measure your success by the standards of others
The true pioneers and trailblazers are fully aware of what the competition offers, but do not constantly focus on that. They work on knowing their product or service inside out and improving it each day. Whether it’s by training or technology they aim to please.
A big part of being successful is finding a niche that is needed, knowing who your customers are and knowing how to reach them and where to reach them. If you’re busy comparing your business to the competition, you are taking away precious time and energy from making yours the best.
Don’t let failure or criticism define you
Failure is a matter of perception. It all depends on the goals you set for yourself and your business. My idea of success may be very different from yours or the next person, so never lose sight of what’s important to you.
Criticism too is a matter of opinion and it only serves to allow us to grow and improve our offering. Take from it what you can and throw out the rest without letting it break your spirit.
Failure and criticism is a good catalyst to reinvent yourself or your business with the tools and wisdom of the past. Without it we can become complacent and stagnant. The world’s best success stories have arisen from the worst, gut wrenching failures and criticisms.
Albert Einstein, Oprah Winfrey, Richard Branson, Walt Disney have all been there and look at how their story turned out.
Never ever give up
I’ll end with another famous saying, “Quitters never win and winners never quit.” Don’t ever forget that. If you think something (or someone) is worth the sacrifice and sweat, then follow your gut. It will all pay off in the long run.
You don’t want to look back on your life 20 years from now with all kinds of regret. You don’t want to die with passion and talent trapped within your soul. So fight the good fight, sacrifice, sweat, toil and enjoy the rewards.
Live to celebrate and tell your grandkids or grandnieces and nephews about it. The famous saying by author Gordon B. Hinckley is also a beacon that lights the way for business and personal life, “Life is to be enjoyed, not just endured.”
Hope you find this blog post useful. As usual, please shoot us a comment and share if you do!
Until next time…
T&T’s Entrepreneurs Team