Social media can level the playing field between industry leaders and upstarts, between multinational corporation executives and small-business owners, making peers of all participants. Yet appearances can be deceiving. To borrow from George Orwell’s Animal Farm, all social-media users are equal, but some are more equal than others.
The stereotypical entrepreneur talks to everyone easily, but introverts need not be discouraged. Reticence does not doom you to failure.
Social science finds at least a third, and maybe half, the population is introverted. Successful entrepreneurs who are introverts make their personalities work for them. With less interest in the spotlight than accomplishing goals, introverts are inclined to let talented employees run with their ideas. Here are five strategies for making introversion an asset.
Regardless of your definition of success, there are, oddly enough, a great number of common characteristics that are shared by successful businesspeople. You can place a check beside each characteristic that you feel that you possess. This way, you can see how you stack up. Even if you don’t have all of these characteristics, don’t fret. Most can be learned with practice and by developing a winning attitude, especially if you set goals and apply yourself, through strategic planning, to reach those goals in incremental and measurable stages.
“You were born to win, but to be a winner, you must plan to win, prepare to win and expect to win.” – Zig Ziglar
Looking to save some cash? With the end of the financial year fast approaching, it’s time to look at the business budget and work out where corners can be cut.
Nothing ventured, nothing gained is often the philosophy of very successful entrepreneurs. Calculated risk takes courage and intelligence, but it also requires an ability to welcome the uncertainty that comes along with it.
There was no real reason that justified why we were the right people to start this company together. We had never worked together before, started a company or even knew how a custom apparel shop functioned.
Neither of us had relevant experience or the complementary skills that all successful startup founders share. We just did it because we had an opportunity, and it sounded like a good idea at the time.
We all define success differently. For some, it might be the ability to purchase a nice car or take a fabulous vacation. For others, it might mean being able to provide for one’s family. I think it’s important to take the time to explicitly define what success means to you. And of course, you don’t have to settle on just one definition.
Teresa McDowell is the founder of organic skin care business, Hemp Hemp Hooray. In the early years of her business, Teresa sold her products at markets while raising a young family. In the past two years Teresa has re-branded her range, built a new website and implemented an online store which has seen global online sales exceed their sales to retail outlets.
So what exactly is the recipe to make you successful? It’s difficult to conclusively define […]