Sometimes, it can be hard to remain positive, enthusiastic and motivated towards your future business success, can’t it? There are times when sales are down, your energy levels are low and the world seems to be conspiring against you.
During the 30 years that I have been running my own business, I have seen many ups and downs. Booms and busts, low and high interest rates, dramatic changes in technology, people joining and leaving my team and rising and falling customer confidence.
Every working day, I stick to the basics. I deal with email; accept or decline opportunities as they come my way; write books and blog entries; arrive on time for meetings and talks; look after private clients and members; and answer the phone (or Skype call!)
I am continually learning about people, business and technology – by reading books and articles, attending seminars and engaging with online learning. I show up and do my best, no matter how I am feeling.
I probably fail more than most people. On the other hand, I am continually trying new ideas and approaches and experimenting with products, services and marketing techniques. In business, the answer always lies with the customer and their reaction.
I do my best to be supportive of people who are currently having a hard time. I have been there and I know that it won’t last.
I keep fit as I have found that, when you are responsible for a business, you need a sound mind in a sound body. Keeping fit helps me to improve how I feel about life in general.
I also laugh a lot – especially at my own mistakes.
Above all, through three decades, I have kept working, regardless of what the media or current opinion says. When success arrives I celebrate. However, I return to the tasks at hand as swiftly as possible, as action is where the next success lies.
Finally, I have adopted creativity as a way of life. In times of constant change, the future belongs to those who can adapt.
Thanks Nigel. Dogged determination is often under rated. Running a good business often requires relentless perseverance in doing the right things right most of the time along with self belief.