I love being an entrepreneur and running my own business! I am one of those people whose brain never stops. I’m always coming up with new ideas, new strategies and new ways to increase sales, productivity, motivation, etc. I have notebooks upon notebooks of my notes on what works and what doesn’t and I’ve managed to grow a business using only word-of-mouth marketing and online networking.
The key is to learn from your mistakes, embrace them and then don’t make them again. Sometimes in business there may be something that just is NOT working, however, some of us feel the need to continue to do that thing because that’s all we know. Well it’s time to learn a new way of doing things. A way that will produce sales, a way to grow your reach and a way to achieve your goals. Spinning your wheels isn’t fun and it’s certainly not productive so why do so many of us do it? Because we don’t know how to embrace our failures and we don’t know where to go for help. Some of the most successful people in the world didn’t get where they are today until they started embracing their failures and asking for help. Asking for help doesn’t make you weak or unknowledgeable, asking for help means you want to continue to grow.
We all must continue to grow. I sure as heck don’t know everything about running a business but I know a lot. And I keep learning and growing and asking. I am also, by nature, a very curious person. I’m curious about marketing, technology and how to build a better business. I read Entrepreneur magazine and follow some of the most influential marketers out there. It’s fun to learn from them and to learn from their mistakes. I’ve found that a lot of people are very willing to share their successes as well as their failures.
Failure makes us stronger, failure makes us wiser and failure makes us more successful! The easiest thing to do is to look at your business and ask yourself “Is this working?” Are you happy with your business? Are you achieving the outcomes you were hoping for? If not, how can you change what you are doing? Look to others in your industry to see what they are doing that is successful. Competition is healthy. There is plenty of business to go around and in some industries there will be several people willing to help you out!
I’ve realized that transparency, excellent customer service and communication are key. Admit when you are wrong, take responsibility for your actions and you may just get a second chance to prove yourself! Everyone makes mistakes and if you own up to them you are far better off. I’ve also learned that it’s impossible to make everyone happy. There are a lot of different personalities in this world and you will exhaust yourself trying to cater to every one of them. Do your best and stick with what you are successful at – even the most successful companies out there have a person or two that didn’t really care for their products or services.
The truth is everyone must fail at something in order to succeed. Well, at least normal people must. So embrace your failures, be inspired by them and then use them to become the person you always wanted to be!