Many entrepreneurs face an unpleasant surprise as they keep searching for the “easy” button. The ones I’m referring to who sign up for every free teleclass and webinars for free, get free tickets to a variety of events, and sign up to every newsletter that is available but are trapped in their company.
The button ‘EASY’ isn’t there. It’s as simple as that. Business is similar to being in a relationship. It takes dedication!
I recently made a trip to California’s California Redwood Forest and was stunned by the sheer dimensions and the height of the tree. I was in the area with my best friend Katie, who was with me on my trip to California and came from Alberta, Canada. We’re having a celebration of 40 years together. The experience of being within the Redwood Forest with all those fantastic trees and sharing the moment with my most beloved friend for 40 years has made me think about how to be successful in business.
1) PLANT THE SEED.
There is no way to guarantee that something will happen overnight. There is nothing of value, or long-term sustainability is, in any way. The same is valid for business. It is essential to put seeds in the ground regarding the relationship with vendors, client relations, business coaches, business relationships, and much more. The seeds are planted, and then the harvest will follow.
2) NURTURE THAT COMMITMENT.
It is a lot of effort and dedication – to build an enterprise, every day as well as every single day. Many entrepreneurs think that once their business is in operation and they have reached an amount of success and then that’s it. The game is ended. The game is over. Done. This is not the case. It is the same for long-term friendships. It requires patience and nurturing for both parties. You must be dedicated. You’ll have to do whatever it requires.
3) RIDE THE WAVES.
Many entrepreneurs are on their way as they build their business, but once the hard stuff begins to take place, they quit. They abandon the plan. They abandon the vision. They give up. Take a moment to recognize that when the sun shines, it is the rain. It’s the same when it comes to business. Sometimes things don’t follow the plan. However, you must keep your dedication to the end final product. Don’t bail. It’s tempting, I am aware. I’ve been there, too. It’s worthwhile once you’ve made it out of the storm’.
4) HAVE A PLAN.
One of the main reasons that entrepreneurs fail is that they don’t have a strategy. The same is true of relationships. If you approach your business or any relationship with a ‘just do it approach, it will end up crumbling. They will. It is essential to have a plan and stick to sticking to it. The world will be changing to suit you later!
I find it fascinating today to witness an absence of dedication among individuals – be it in the workplace, career and family relationships, or even society in general. We live in an era of ‘throw away’; however, it is a bit depressing to observe the lack of dedication to a goal and a dream or a plan. It’s so easy to abandon or to walk away from the things that matter most, and it’s not as simple as it appears.
Being an entrepreneur isn’t for those with weak hearts – it requires dedication. This degree of commitment is rewarded at the end of the day!
What is one promise that you could renew this week that can make a significant difference to your company?
Pat Mussieux is fast becoming a highly sought-after Canadian guide for women entrepreneurs who took her own venture from nothing to a six-figure home-based enterprise in just four years. The majority of her success is attributable to her skills in the field of marketing, mentality, and finances!