5 Attitudes That Will Make you Incredibly Successful

5 Attitudes That Will Make you Incredibly Successful

You could be a finance wiz. You could have that genius idea that makes Einstein turn green with envy. Even so, without the right attitude, you’ll get nowhere. Granted, you probably aren’t a stubborn curmudgeon telling children to get off your lawn. But everyone can benefit from a fresh attitude, one that really drives them forward. So whether your entrepreneurial journey is winding up, cruising right along, or at a dead standstill, take inspiration from these attitudes, and see where they will take you this year. You’ll be amazed at the results. “It’s not too late” Think you need to be young, rich, or on a path of victory to start a successful business? Think again. Look no further than Ray Crock, who at the ripe age of 52, was selling paper cups and milkshake mixers for a living – that is until he went on to found McDonald’s. Lest you think this is just an outlier, take a look at studies by The Kauffman Foundation, which found that most entrepreneurs are 40 years of age on average, and more than 60 percent of them are married and have a child. Realize that no matter what the circumstances are; your age, the amount of money you have, or even if you’re just getting started, there will always be an excuse, but it’s never too late (or to early) to make a positive change.  “I’ll try again” Part of being successful in business is knowing your burn rate and when to say “when”. But an even bigger part is realizing that failure is an often big part of the success equation....

9 Bad Leadership Habits That Undermine Female Leaders

If you want to be a female leader, there are certain habits that might hold you back, and you probably don’t even notice you’re doing them. Ditch the following bad leadership habits to see you success soar. Question: What is one bad leadership habit you are actively trying to overcome, and why? Doing Things Because I “Should” ELIZABETH SAUNDERS Real Life E® I’m generally good at setting boundaries, but as my business grows, I have to be even more selective. This includes cutting down on things that I sometimes feel I “should” do but aren’t always the best use of my time, such as coffee meetings and responding to unsolicited requests. I still do these, but within bounds that work with my goals. Downplaying My Accomplishments TAMARA NALL The Leading Niche When I speak to customers, vendors, employees or mentees, people have researched my background and often mention my accomplishments during the conversation. Rather than appreciate these acknowledgements, I often downplay them or change the subject. As an entrepreneur,  I’m now trying to sit back and appreciate my success — something that many entrepreneurs don’t often do, but should. Seeing Criticism as a Bad Thing MAREN HOGAN Red Branch Media So many women want to be liked, so we avoid giving criticism that needs to be given. Instead, we send our employees and direct reports out into the world ill-equipped for the criticism they will face when they turn in substandard work. Criticism doesn’t mean tearing people down; it means pruning their skills until they’re better than ever. I try to remove the negative stereotype of criticism every day. Being Too Idealistic SOUNY WEST Collabz I...
3 Business Obstacles Overcome By Highly Successful Entrepreneurs

3 Business Obstacles Overcome By Highly Successful Entrepreneurs

This week we’re uncovering the truth about three business obstacles that highly successful entrepreneurs managed to overcome on their journeys toward success.   Entrepreneurship can be a tough mountain to climb. But you can take comfort in knowing there are thousands of entrepreneurs who have come before you who have encountered the same treacherous adventures and hazardous business obstacles, and succeeded. Just think of these entrepreneurs as your Sherpas in your climb up Mt. Entrepreneur, and your climb will become a whole lot easier.   Your Age Ray Crock claimed “When you’re green, you’re growing. When you’re ripe, you rot.” At the ripe age of 52, Kroc was selling paper cups and milkshake mixers for a living – that is until he founded McDonald’s. Unfortunately, age always comes with a gigantic slew of misconceptions and biases. With the new tech boom, there is the delusion that every new entrepreneur must be a baby-faced Mark Zuckerberg, and that anyone older is befuddled on how to send an email. On the other hand, the Millennial Generation doesn’t have it easy – a quick Google search will reveal thousands of articles berating their work attitude. To be successful you should follow Crock’s approach, and view age for what it is, just a number and not a business obstacle– it’s not about how old you are, but the progress you are making that determines your stage in life. No matter your age, it’s never too late (or too early) to start the next mega-billion dollar business. You may have to work harder to shake off some misconceptions, but in the end it will only...

3 Ways to Network the Right Way

There’s a definite right way and wrong way to network: avoid the faux pas and network the right way with these easy tips.   Networking is becoming a requirement for landing a dream job – but unfortunately, it’s not a skill they teach in business school. Just like with anything else, there’s a right way and a wrong way to network – and requesting thousands of LinkedIn connections from complete strangers is about as effective as  having too many drinks at a party. In both cases, you’re not that fun to be around. Networking can be incredibly rich and rewarding. It can lead you to connect with entrepreneurs who have succeeded in their own businesses, boost you up the career ladder, or help you launch the business of your dreams. You just have to know how to network the right way – and for many people, it’s not a walk in the park. That’s why I’ve come up with some guidelines for effective networking.   Want to be friends?” Rule number one of business: don’t hire your BFF. Or your BF (or GF, for that matter). When it comes to work, I make it a rule of mine to leave those I love out of the equation. That way, when you have to make some tough calls (and inevitably, you will), you won’t have to tread lightly. The reason for this rule is clear: you can’t stay friends after a break-up, and you probably won’t be able to salvage a friendship with someone you’ve gone into business with if things go sour. The camaraderie that was once there in...

4 Attitudes of Successful Entrepreneurs

Take on these 4 attitudes of successful entrepreneurs and start making your way to the top of the game.   Whether your entrepreneurial journey is just starting up, cruising right along or at a dead standstill, you can take inspiration from these attitudes of successful entrepreneurs, and see where they will take you. “I’ll learn it” Elon Musk didn’t study rocket science – but he is technically a rocket scientist. With only a Bachelor’s degree in physics, he taught himself rocket science to form Space X – a company that’s now revolutionizing space travel. The only way to do new things is to learn new things. Ultra-successful people embrace the unknown, and you can, too. “It’s not too late” Think you need to be a baby-faced Mark Zuckerberg (sorry, Mark) to start a successful business? Think again. Look no further than Ray Crock, who at the ripe age of 52, was selling paper cups and milkshake mixers for a living – that is until he went on to found McDonald’s. Lest you think this is just an outlier, take a look at studies by The Kauffman Foundation, which found that most entrepreneurs are 40 years of age on average, and more than 60 percent of them are married and have a child. We’re all about reinvention – and you need to realize that no matter what the circumstances are, it’s never too late to make a positive change. “I’ll try again” Part of being successful in business is knowing your burn rate and when to say “when”. But another part that many ignore is that failure is an often big...

3 Critical Steps to Adapt as an Entrepreneur

The ability to adapt as an entrepreneur is a key success factor, but it isn’t always easy. To help you stay agile, here are 3 lessons in adaptability.   Of all the characteristics that are touted as the cornerstone of success in entrepreneurship (financial management, time management, passion, work ethic, etc.), adaptability is the one that is the least discussed and understood. Adaptability is defined as the ability to adjust oneself readily to different conditions. These different conditions are most commonly assumed to originate from changes in the economy, market conditions or even disruptive technologies that change the industry landscape entirely. While these changes are things that every business — startup or established — has to deal with, there is a greater adaptability issue that entrepreneurs have to face, and that is adapting to their evolving business idea. When starting a new business, founders will have certain ideas about their target market, the projected use of their product or service, and even the pricing classification that they anticipate offering. However, within the first 365 days of starting a new business, every entrepreneur learns many things they did not know about before they began. Entrepreneurs learn lessons that help to speed up their time to market and increase revenue, as well as face numerous expenses that they did not anticipate. Many times, the same entrepreneurs face the harsh reality that their plan was insufficient in understanding the intensity of the competitive landscape, the size of the available market or the sales cycle and their respective times to close. These are all things the entrepreneur will have to understand, and, if they...