How to be a successful businessman
How to be a successful businessman is not an easy question to answer, because in order to be successful you must first define what success means to you. One thing that many successful businessmen have in common is their drive and ability to set goals, but no two goals are the same. In order to achieve your own definition of success, it’s helpful to start by setting SMART goals . . .
It is well worth investing time in preparing for success. The process of preparation begins with clearly defining your objectives and setting out what needs to be done to achieve them. There are no short cuts, and any attempt at seeking such short cuts will inevitably mean that you don’t achieve your full potential. Get involved in groups that promote professional networking: these can include industry association groups, chamber of commerce events or non-profit community boards or charities. As you network, you’ll meet other business people who can offer advice, insight and support as well as being able to draw on their expertise for future collaboration or referrals.
The execution of your business plan is often just as important as writing it. Now that you have some things written down and confirmed, it’s time to follow through with your plan. Even if you don’t have tons of capital, look at every situation with an entrepreneur’s mindset. Your brain will probably try telling you why certain aspects of starting a business are hard—but remember that every new company was once just an idea in someone’s head (and executed successfully). If you stick with it and make smart decisions, then your odds of success go up significantly. There are no guarantees in business, but perseverance is always rewarded. Before starting any big project, ask yourself: Why won’t I succeed?
Ask yourself if you need it before buying it
Asking yourself if you need something before you buy it is an easy way to stay away from impulse buys, which can often lead to wasting money. While it’s certainly good to treat yourself and reward yourself for your hard work, limiting your spending can ultimately save you more money in the long run. If you’re not sure whether or not you really need something, ask yourself what your intentions are for buying it and how soon you’ll get use out of it. For example, if there’s a high-end item that has been on sale but has never caught your eye before—but now suddenly seems appealing—you might want to consider waiting before getting it; otherwise, that sale may end up just being tempting.
Learn from your mistakes
Mistakes are learning experiences, says Larry Winget, author of The Pit Bull Solution: Why Some Businesses Never Give Up and Others Don’t Even Try. Every time you make one, that’s an opportunity for growth. When you don’t recognize and learn from your mistakes, it holds you back. You become delusional in thinking that every time something goes wrong, it has nothing to do with you. You think there must be some force out there working against you or making these things happen. That would explain why bad things keep happening over and over again to [you]. But they don’t happen to other people like they do [to] me! No one else seems to have as many problems as I do.
Stay calm and never give up
If you give up, then you’re not going to accomplish anything. You need to keep trying even when people say it can’t be done, or that you aren’t good enough. These are just obstacles that everyone goes through but with effort and determination these obstacles will turn into opportunities for success. When you lose focus on what you need to do, take a step back and think about why your doing it. Is it because of fame or money? Don’t fall into these traps; instead try taking pride in your workmanship and results rather than how much money they make, as long as they profit then it doesn’t matter how big or small they are as long as they stay afloat.