After working with many different entrepreneurs from around the globe, I have come to find that there are really just two skills that will be able to determine your success and, thereby, the success of your business.
Yes, you have to be willing to be uncomfortable, have a great marketing plan, and learn to promote yourself. But, once you’ve mastered these hurdles, the skills of resilience and resourcefulness (and how often you practice them) are what will truly determine your success.
SKILL #1 — RESILIENCE
Resilience is the ?ability to get knocked down, get back up, and continue to push forward.
While we all wish we could predict the success of our business, it’s impossible to accurately forecast the seemingly random twists and turns you’ll encounter along your entrepreneurial journey.
Some days you’ll be on the top of the world and feel like you’ve got it all figured out.
Then, the next day, you’ll find out that you don’t know as much as you thought you did and get knocked down.
It’s how you deal with the emotional roller coaster and your willingness to get back up after you fail that will ultimately determine your success.
Your Entrepreneurial journey really has three distinct options:
1. You’re successful. – This is what we all want.
2. You fail, but you get back. – This is where resilience comes into play.
3. You fail and you quit. – You never hear about these people, but they do exist.
Sure, there are life situations that may set you back due to lack of planning or financial resources – which is typically caused by lack of planning – but, unless you throw in the towel and say, “Hey, this roller coaster isn’t for me,” then it isn’t over yet; you haven’t really given yourself the opportunity to succeed and you should keep on going.
SKILL #2 — RESOURCEFULNESS
Resourcefulness is your ability to see where you are and take the first step towards your goal.
Sure, the path may not always be clear but, by simply taking the first step, you’ll have a different vantage point which will allow you to see if the destination you are heading towards is really the one you want. Within five minutes of talking with most entrepreneurs, I can usually tell how resourceful they are just by the things that they choose to talk about.
Do they focus on the opportunities in front of them? Or do they talk about the setbacks and/or their past successes?
It’s the ones who keep their eye on where they are NOW and where they want to go, and their willingness to take the first step, that are inevitably going to be successful.
You can’t win a race by talking about the last gold medal you won…. or should have won. If you focus on where you are now and where you want to go, you’ll be at your destination in no time.
“If you don’t drive your business, you will be driven out of business”
I’ve benefited enormously from the personal mentorship of several quite extraordinary individuals, each one a self-made billionaire, people whose practical knowledge and experience made their advice simply priceless. Occasionally they would encourage me to study a new and unfamiliar area, to open my mind to completely new disciplines, to give my mind some resistance training, to look for patterns around me that were often reflected in the subjects that I was urged to absorb. The reality is that we never stop learning. Your mind is one of the most powerful assets that you possess.
So put it to work. Give it some push-ups. Give it some weight-training. Make it a little more flexible.
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