01 September 2015
The Super Successful on How to Succeed
The best path to success is through learning; mining those around you for knowledge and making use of their experience. Everybody starts out not knowing what it takes to get them where they want. But you aren’t alone. Hundreds of people have done it before you, and they’re always willing to give you their advice and share their knowledge. Make use of that by being attentive and listening to what they have to say.
Let’s look at what some of the most successful businesspeople have had to say about business, work and success.
“Don’t try to be original, just try to be good.” – Paul Rand, revolutionary graphic designer.
Sharing knowledge is the most powerful way of improving. If you can see that a certain method is worked for somebody else, the best option is to adopt that practice. Not every business decision you make needs to be revolutionary. Most of the time, proven success will do the best for you.
“Ideas are easy. Implementation is hard.” – Guy Kawasaki, entrepreneur.
Big ideas are great, and they can be the difference between a good business and a great one. But ideas form only a very, very small portion of the work that is required to take you through to profit and success. One good idea needs to be followed by a hundred perfect ones to ensure that the implementation is carried out correctly and effectively.
“I knew if I failed I wouldn’t regret that, but I knew the one thing I might regret is not trying.” – Jeff Bezo, Founder of Amazon.
All business decisions come down to an analysis of risk and reward. You need to weigh these against each other; how bad could failure be and how great could success feel. In many cases you’ll find that failure might not be so bad, and that the potential risk is far outweighed by the possible benefits.
“No matter how brilliant, if you’re playing a solo game, you’ll always lose out to a team.” – Reid Hoffman, Founder of LinkedIn.
Being a leader is more than being a hard-working lone wolf. Doing things all alone is not the best way to succeed. A good support team will help you get through problems. This doesn’t only mean employees, but also people who you can turn to for advice. You can be the only person if your business, but you can’t be the only one contributing to your business.
“Always deliver more than expected.” – Larry Page, Google.
Great service is about out-doing your customer’s expectations. People expect a certain level of service, and what ends up being delivered to them is measured against this expectation. If you can outdo somebody’s expectations, you can ensure they end up being a satisfied customer.
Always be attentive to the lessons learned by others. This information is extremely valuable; always open yourself up to the knowledge around you in order to succeed and grow or start your business.