Many entrepreneurs struggle. Some fail, yet some entrepreneurs succeed beyond their wildest dreams. What is the difference? What is the one key success factor that separates the winners from the losers? The winners are almost always great communicators.
Whether you are standing onstage in an auditorium speaking to an audience of 1000 or meeting a new client for the very first time, you will not succeed in influencing others unless you are able to connect with them first. Connection is absolutely essential to communication, especially if the message is important to you and to your audience. Connection is absolutely essential if you are going to persuade and to influence others.
Whether you are creating a business or creating an amazing life, you can benefit from thinking like an entrepreneur and by taking leadership.
Unfortunately, some of the most fundamental assumptions that we make about leadership may be wrong or over-glorified. A leader is just a lonely nutcase without followers. The first followers, not the leader, are the ones who take the greatest risk yet get the least praise and recognition. The first followers are the ones that teach other followers how to follow. How often do discussions about leading fail to discuss how to follow?
Why do so many early-stage technology companies struggle? One reason is that they fall in love with their technology. Don’t fall in love with your technology. Fall in love with your market. Your market will last for many years. Technologies just come and go.
Something that all entrepreneurs will face sooner or later are setbacks, delays and rejection. It goes with the territory, yet one of the hardest things is keeping faith and energy in your project, regardless what comes your way. How do others do it? How do they keep their belief in spite of resistance?
An abnormally high percentage of entrepreneurs are dyslexics. Does the struggle that is required to overcome dyslexi prepare dyslexics to become great entrepreneurs? And if so, what are these traits?
Be yourself. Sometimes we are so intent on pleasing the people we meet that we forget to be who we are. Good networking skills involve being very specific, clear and intentional in how you present yourself or your business, but mostly it involves being yourself.
As an Entrepreneur you must make many tough decisions and assumptions about your future. The problem is that you can only connect the dots looking backward, not looking forward. Steve Jobs gives valuable advice.
I woke up this morning and my first thought was that “I am crazy”! A crazy entrepreneur is one who holds onto the dream too long.
The problem with change is that changing just a little is often harder than changing a lot.