Ready to hustle your way to the top of the food chain?
Nearly 70% of entrepreneurs start their business from their own home. That goes to show the sacrifice and discipline that goes into being an entrepreneur. Becoming an entrepreneur can be a tough and sometimes even lonely road. The way to see yourself through is to pick up some tips and tricks that will serve you every step of the way. Luckily, we have just the thing.
Here are 10 essential entrepreneur tips every hustler needs to know.
1. The Labyrinth to Success
It’s a mistake to think that action leading to success is a matter of cause and effect.
The road to success may be long, winding, and full of dead ends. Success is a numbers game. The number of times you pick yourself up and carry on is the number of chances you have to succeed.
2. Time and Time Again
Only in rare cases does success happen overnight.
If you expect success overnight, you’ll be your own demotivator when success takes a long time and requires hard work. If your road is strewn with projects abandoned before you saw real results, then this may be your problem.
3. More Habits Than a Nunnery
Motivation is useless. It’s too flighty to rely on. The discipline of a habit is what will carry you through when you’re not feeling motivated.
Develop small, successful habits that will keep you on your A-game. These don’t even have to be a big deal. Eating right, getting exercise, and practicing mindfulness are all habits that can help an entrepreneur stay at the top of their game.
4. Narcissus Wasn’t So Bad
Mild narcissism is a trait associated with success.
It’s not a pretty fact, given many of the negative personality traits that go with narcissism. But if you can encourage yourself to put yourself first more often, to ignore hollow criticism, and to fight back when you need to, then you could start to see greater success.
You can learn from narcissistic people without becoming narcissistic yourself. Take note of some of the positive traits and apply them to what you do to see the results.
5. Risky Business
Do the same things you’ve always done, and you’ll have what you’ve always had. That’s why taking risks is always on the list of entrepreneurial tips.
Taking risks is also how you’ll break new ground. New business ideas and opportunities evolve from those who take risks with the old.
Of course, risks are a double-edged sword. But without them, it’s hard to stand out from all the other entrepreneurs out there trying to achieve the same thing. That’s a tightrope you just have to walk as an entrepreneur.
6. Listen, Grasshopper
Notice how we specified “hollow” criticism above? That’s because criticism can still have its place.
Constructive criticism can give you the info you need to grow and develop your idea. But here’s the rub: you’ll never know which advice is right. Even the most experienced entrepreneurs can give bad advice.
That’s why you should listen as much as possible. You can then take all the advice you’re given in aggregate and decide for yourself how to use it.
7. Fractal Facts
There are no big tasks in the world. Fact. That’s why you don’t see ambitious buildings constructed overnight.
Every task, no matter how big it looks, is a series of smaller ones — like the fractal shape of a snowflake. But here’s the trick: every time you tackle one of those small tasks, you’re tackling the big one, too. Chipping away at something every day is the surest way to see it give way to over a month, a year or a decade.
Look, we’ll let the Doctor show you how it’s done. Become the “hell of a bird” and keep pecking at whatever stands in your way.
8. Back Scratching For All
“You don’t ask, you don’t get” is a maxim that entrepreneurs should live by.
We’ve already mentioned that a minor bit of narcissism can help you achieve your goals. Trying to squash your shame about asking for help, freebies, or even a favor can open doors and net you opportunities that you’d otherwise lose out on, like securing funding.
Other people aren’t as bothered by our asking as we sometimes think. And when the worst that can happen is they tell you “no”, then you have nothing to lose. But the returns from just asking for something at the right time can be huge.
Once you get used to asking, it’ll become a habit — yes, one of those helpful habits we mentioned earlier.
9. Express Yourself
While we’re disembarking the Shame Train, let’s cover self-promotion.
Self-promotion is great. Don’t feel ashamed of promoting your hard work. Shout it from the rooftops. Of course, avoid promotion where it’s not appropriate, but everywhere else is fair game.
You need eyes on what you do to find success. There’s no shame in self-promotion because you can’t succeed without it. Even the biggest companies in the world pay megabucks to stay relevant. What’s good for them is good for you. You can learn more here about one such entrepreneur who makes their presence known.
10. Mistakes to Take Away
You will trip up along the way. That’s the reality of being an entrepreneur. But you need to make like Spock and discard the emotions of failure in favor of logic.
Sulking and quitting guarantees you won’t find success. But if you can set emotion aside to analyze your mistake and learn from it, then you have a real chance of succeeding next time.
Mistakes are simply lessons in disguise. The man who makes no mistakes is simply the man who’s in for a shock when something finally does go wrong.
Entrepreneur Tips to Start You on the Road
It can be a long road to becoming an entrepreneur. These entrepreneur tips should start you down it, and aid you on your journey. When you do find success, don’t forget to pass your advice on to others!
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