You may never become a CEO of a major company and have the worth of millions on your shoulders. On the other hand, this may be precisely what you’ve been dreaming of ever since you started your company. Either way, these people who got into the business world and succeeded are sure to have lessons to share with the rest of us.
What motivated us to write this is the new book by Mark Zuckerberg. If you want to read more about it, check out this review on DaniWeb. But if you are too busy to read, here’s a short list of advice that will improve every business, no matter its size and aspirations.
Know Your Limits
This one is crucial, especially in times when you’re developing. Unfortunately, sometimes your ego can take the best of you, and you end up taking too much on your own back. You may be saying to yourself that such actions are necessary if you want to succeed. But that doesn’t mean that you have to do it all yourself.
Instead, delegate. If you’re not proficient in a field, hire an advisor who is. Get an assistant – get five assistants if need be. What is necessary is that you remain functional as that is the only way your business can thrive. Get help if you need it.
Ditch Instant Gratification
We mean professionally, not personally. Instant gratification can be an excellent tool for keeping you motivated, but it can do more harm than good to your business. Create a ‘business mode’ and maintain that state of mind for private affairs.
When it comes to your company, you need to think about the future. Do not chase small, meaningless successes and primarily, do not chase after money. Look for investment and improvement, and a long-term gratification will come after a while. When it does, it will make the self-control and tactical development well worth it.
You probably read many exciting stories about people pushing through against the doubt of others. It’s not very likely that business of making carriages for horses will thrive in the 21st century. However, a reasonable amount of risk can put you ahead. If you go with the flow and follow the most recent trends, you won’t be able to stand out from the crowd.
Instead, try to revive a trend that’s been dead in your city for some time. If you provide a mundane service, try to personalize it. Don’t worry about seeming ‘weird’ or like you’re ‘trying too hard.’ A bit of courage may pay up big time – and even if it doesn’t, you will have a new set of experiences to draw from.
Your words have an impact on everything and everyone around you, as do your thoughts. When it comes to your mind, try to keep a positive attitude, and preserve your mental health. Otherwise, everything you achieve won’t be worth it.
When it comes to your relationship with your employees – be ready, prepare what to say, and do not allow yourself to snap. You have to stay fair and respectful. Earning respect and love of your coworkers and subordinates is crucial for any good CEO. It makes people want to work hard to ensure your company’s success.
Every great CEO comes up with their philosophy to success. You may already be aware that there’s no universal path towards it. But these little pieces of advice are sure to help both on a personal and professional level. Even if you’re not a business owner, you could benefit from them!