If you want to run a successful business, it’s a good idea to learn from those who have gone before you and look at the skills and traits that they have (or had).
Look to your role models… what made them successful? What traits are common amongst successful people and high-achievers?
One thing that I picked up on a few years ago was this:
“Successful people make decisions quickly and change them slowly if and when at all.”
Napoleon Hill, Author of Think and Grow Rich
This quote is from Napoleon Hill, but I’ve heard similar sayings from many successful people, including Donald Trump.
From my experience as an online business mentor, this certainly seems to be the case. I’ve found that one of the biggest things that holds back would-be business owners is their own over-analysis or inability to make decisions. Either that, or they make decisions then change them every five minutes.
Sometimes we’re afraid of making the wrong decision, but think of it this way … not making a decision at all can be worse than making the wrong decision.
Once you’re aware of traits like this, it’s much easier to keep them in mind in your own life. When I first heard this saying about making decisions quickly I was one of those who took forever to make up my mind. But by being aware that I needed to make decisions quicker if I wanted to be successful I was able to consciously apply that to my own business, and life.
While this is still may take a conscious effort from me, I’ve noticed that it’s gradually becoming a natural part of who I am and how I behave.
What other traits do you think are common for successful entrepreneurs?
I’d love to hear your comments on this.
Something to think about:
“My mother drew a distinction between achievement and success. She said that achievement is the knowledge that you have studied and worked hard and done the best that is in you. Success is being praised by others. That is nice but not as important or satisfying. Always aim for achievement – success will follow.”
Helen Hayes (1900-1993, Award Winning Actress)