There are a growing number of articles on the web promoting the illusion of quick and easy success, giving entrepreneurs the idea that a well thought out game plan, focus, and hard work is not necessary. This illusion often gives entrepreneurs a negative and unrealistic view on what it takes to create a successful business, leaving them with a failed business, a bad taste in their mouth, and the mind to pursue other directions.
The most important part about creating a new business is to be prepared to weather the storm. While it may seem like any decent idea can be a major success, that does not mean the journey will be easy. There are hundreds of roadblocks that you may find along the way, but it’s absolutely necessary to work past them in order to find success.
The first step is to be prepared for the worst part – the failure. Failure is nearly always required for a startup to succeed. Find the mistakes early, fix them, and move on, then rinse and repeat as many times as necessary. It is important to have the mindset to accept these early failures as keys to growing your business and not to let it discourage you from continuing.
Keeping things positive is perhaps the best way to see your startup succeed. Take any punishment that comes with it early on, absorb it, and remember that every entrepreneur you look up to went through the same process. This is a feeling you will look back on and cherish when you have made it.
In addition, it’s important to never rely on luck, but put luck in your favor. Play your cards right, network, make the proper connections, and lay down a game plan that will increase the chances of growth. Never be afraid to take a chance; if you have a gut feeling about a decision, go with it, and control the destiny of your startup as much as you can. It is your
When your startup gets moving, your business will likely intersect with other startups that will solicit their services to you. It is important to develop a habit of engaging these situations in a kind manner, as you would like to expect the same treatment from those that you reach out to yourself. Build a friendly relation with as many contacts as possible. Kindness will not have a negative impact on your business.
Finally, trust and respect are critical factors in creating a team around you. Having a team that shares the same vision as you do could be the difference in whether your startup succeeds or fails. There is only so much you can do on your own, it’s important to make sure your team members around you want to be there rather than “need” to be there. Loyalty pays off in the long run, and trust with your team is something that can help ease your mind through the storm of the startup phase of your business.