Entrepreneurs Share 5 Business Secrets [The Next Web]

Whether you just dove into a new venture or you’re a serial entrepreneur, there are always challenges. Some obstacles are part of the system, while others just involve treading water. Some challenges may even make you question why you’re doing what you’re doing at all. Lucky for you, you are not alone. There are centuries of people who have stood in your shoes. Some rose and some failed, but all learned something valuable—and those lessons are what you need to know. Not the glossy stuff from the seminars and conferences, but the not-so-pretty stuff you only learn from experience.

Read on, dear entrepreneur. Take it. Apply it. Grow.

  1. Get some heart-pumping exercise in during the day as well. Whatever you love to do—run, bike, lift weights, play tennis—schedule it into your day like a meeting. Treat it like an important obligation and it will show in your renewed vitality.
  2. One of the most important resources in your growing business will be the people you surround yourself with. Identify people that will push you to reach your goals… Communicate and collaborate with these people.
  3. Along with great successes, there will be grand failures. They will knock you when you’re down and it will feel like you may never get back up. This is part of the beauty of owning something. Don’t let the fear of failure keep you from playing the incredibly competitive game.
  4. As an entrepreneur you are going to run into rejection, less than generous financial times, and naysayers. Even the most confident people can get the wind knocked out of them when that happens.
  5. Branson has maintained that leading by listening—getting feedback from staff and customers on a regular basis—is one of the five core guidelines for any business.

Curated from: Entrepreneurs’ secrets: business leaders share insights you’d never glean from a seminar [The Next Web]


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