Winning in small business is as hard as running a race in the Olympics, actually, I think harder, but the interesting fact is that the traits to succeed in small business are the same ones athletes use to succeed in any sport. Essentially the ten traits small business owners must have to succeed are the same ones we all must have if we ever think that we will achieve something in our lives.
Trait 1: Know Your Purpose
The first trait all small business owners must have is to know their purpose. First and foremost what is it that you want? What is it that you want to achieve? Once you know what your purpose is then this will be the force and motive behind you taking this journey.
Trait 2: Have a Desire to Succeed
How many people do you know want to win Lotto? Probably a lot Did you know that most people who win the lotto actually spend every cent of it in the first 12 months? Why, because they have not got a desire to use this money to succeed. To be truly successful you must have the desire to want it so bad that you will do anything to achieve your objectives
Trait 3: Have Faith That You Can Achieve What You Want
Just like an athlete, you must have faith that you can and will achieve your objective. If you do not have faith that you can achieve success in your business, then you will simply give up when the things get tough and let me assure you as a 10 year veteran in small business, things at some point will get tough and you will skate along the edges of losing everything. You may even fall over the cliff, but you have to have faith to climb up the cliff and continue on your journey.
Trait 4: Have a Clear Plan
Without a clear plan, you will simply be like a lost animal in the wilderness. Let me ask you this, do you go on holiday without a plan of what you want to do and where you want to go? Absolutely not, because you would simply be lost and would probably see and do nothing. It amazes me though how many small business owners plan their holidays more rigorously than they plan their small business. Remember the old cliché, “If You Fail to Plan, You Plan To Fail”
Trait 5: Have the Knowledge
If you do not have the knowledge to enact your plans, then you are in trouble before you begin. You must have the knowledge that the plan you are implementing will in fact give you the desired results. If you do not know that, then how can you move forward.
Trait 6: Be Prepared to Co-Operate
Small business is not like any other business you can enter into. In small business, you simply do not have the resources or the money to hire a plethora of staff or advisors so it is essential that you learn to co-operate with others to help you in your desire to succeed. You will need to co-operate with other small business owners, your clients, your friends and family and also your band of mastermind business advisers in your path to success.
Trait 7: Have the Will Power to Go On
Without will power, you cannot succeed in a small business because you are the boss and there is no driving factor behind you. If you do not have the will-power to keep going even in the midst of adversity then your business is doomed because the bottom line is this, small business is tough. Things do go wrong and when you get knocked down, you have to pick yourself up and keep going. You have to keep going to the office each day, even if all seems lost.
One of the books I consider my bible to success is called Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill. In the first chapter, he tells the story in his first secret of 13 in the path to success about an uncle called RU Darby who went west to Colorado to dig for Gold. After investing a lot of money, his gold mine was up and running. After a period of time, the gold was no longer found in the mine and after lots of drilling he simply gave up. In the end, he sold the equipment for the mine to a Junk Man. The Junk Man being a shrewd operator hired an engineer to find the gold and in the end, it turns out that RU Darby was just 3 FEET Short from where one of the largest gold deposits could be found in Colorado. In fact, that mine is one of the richest mines in Colorado.
What this illustrates though is that you must never give up because you could be just 3 FEET from success.
Trait 8: Be Habitual in All You Need to Do
Getting into a habit of doing your daily tasks every single day is one of the most important aspects of success and is the basis of the tenth trait, persistence. When people get out of the habit of doing certain things that are when a small business goes wrong, like getting the books done weekly, answering the phone within three rings, getting quotes out within 24 hours of a request, these are all habits you must stick to and being habitual will lead you to success.
Trait 9: Maintain the Quality
Maintaining the quality of your business is paramount. Quality covers every aspect of your business from the way you answer the phone to the way you present your products and services to your clients. If you do not maintain the quality in your business then there is no way that your customers and staff will stay with you.
Trait 10: Be 100% Persistent
In Trait 7 I talked about how RU Darby was just 3 FEET from successfully finding one of the largest Gold Deposits in Colorado but simply was not persistent enough to continue on.
All of the ten traits lead to one thing, being persistent and fighting on even when success is only a small spark of light a million miles away. You will be surprised how quickly success will sneak up on you when you stick with your game plan and maintain your persistence.
Let me take a few moments to simply refresh your mind of the ten traits all small business owners must have to succeed:
- Know Your Purpose
- Have a Desire To Succeed
- Have Faith that you can achieve what you want
- Have a Clear Plan
- Have the Knowledge
- Be Prepared to Co-operate
- Have the Will-Power to Go On
- Be habitual in all you need to do
- Maintain the Quality
- Be 100% Persistent
Also read the article 20 Qualities of Successful Entrepreneurs
Recommended Books on Successful Small Business Owners:
- The Intelligent Entrepreneur: How Three Harvard Business School Graduates Learned the 10 Rules of Successful Entrepreneurship
- How to Succeed as a Small Business Owner … and Still Have a Life
- The 7 Irrefutable Rules of Small Business Growth
- Lessons from the Top: The 50 Most Successful Business Leaders in America–and What You Can Learn From Them
- The Most Successful Small Business in The World: The Ten Principles
- Start Your Own Gold Buying and Selling Business
- How to Live Up to Your Greatest Potential
- What are the Secrets of Successful Entrepreneurs?
- Achieving Success: Faith Versus Fear Mindset
- 10 Secrets of Successful Entrepreneurs