What Does It Take To Be Successful?
I have tried and failed many times in business and I can tell you that not everyone has what it takes to succeed. Sure, there are many people that have been given business opportunities and made the most of it. They had an advantage because they were likely trained and groomed prior to making the plunge. They were not required to pick a niche, develop the plan, invest the capital, and then see it through. Instead, they were simply given the idea, the working concept, the training, and slowly groomed for success.
When I think of someone who is successful I mean those people who strike out on their own and create a business. The business niche they choose is irrelevant, but it must be something they had no connections or advantages in. It must be a business where they had to create their own destiny and take their own risk.
There’s a lot of people out there who would rather work for someone else and get a steady paycheck. They don’t mind the fact their job is a dead end and they have no room for growth. To them, the important part is that they have safety and security. Then there is a group of people who despise this life with a passion. They would rather strike out on their own and fail over and over before they would suck it up and work for someone else. I mean if you think about it from a logical perspective you are essentially making someone else wealthy.
By making the choice to work for someone else you are building their life, their future, and their dreams. The brave souls who instead decide to “go it alone” and create the life of their dreams are the real risk takers. Now the point of this blog is not to put down anyone who chooses to work for someone else. For most, they know no other life and wouldn’t know the first thing about running their own business. If you are this kind of person then I would suggest you close out this blog now because there is nothing left for us to talk about. If your the type of person who hears the words 9-5 job and cringes then I”m talking to you.
It takes a certain breed of person to want to risk it all. For some of us, this comes very naturally. In my case I came from a family of risk takers who opened a small chain of convenience stores and eventually sold it as a million dollar business. This venture did not come without risk and on many occasions I remember my family almost losing it all, but even with the financial swings, we still felt more comfort and security in the fact we owned our own business. In fact, I believe that business owners have much more job security than people who work for another company will.
There is some argument out there that you would be better off if you work for the Government and in a lot of ways I tend to agree with that. Studies show that Government jobs are both higher paying and have easier job duties. Sure, one could envision a future where the Government collapsed and even these jobs because risky, but that has a very lower probability of happening. So after full analysis I would say the most risk-free career would be one involving a Government agency. Plus, it’s much harder to get fired from a Government Job.
Now with that said, not everyone has the testicular fortitude to go ahead and throw caution to the wind. So here is my criteria in going into business for yourself. You must have a very high degree of confidence, even to the point your not afraid of failure. If you are afraid to fail at life then you should avoid starting a business at all costs. If you don’t have extra reserve money in your bank account then you should avoid starting a business. Business ventures take a lot more time to become successful then one might think, so it’s always good to have extras. The other thing to think about is your personality type.
If your the type of person who is scared of change and likes things the same day in and day out then don’t start a business. On the other hand, if your the type of person who embraces change and likes variety in your life then I highly suggest becoming a small business owner.
One thing that I used to further my confidence as well as my business was coaching and training. Some of the best I have ever gotten was from Bob Proctor. He just released a program called Magic In Your Mind, you can check it out here: http://www.magicinyourmind.net. Bob has never let me down. You can also watch their introductory video below: