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What Does One Need To Make It In Business?

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The most successful people in any company and in industry in general are not the A-students, the Boss-Pleasers, or the people who work the hardest.

Paint-your-own-pathThe way to be successful in business and in life is to make your own path and follow it wherever it leads. You have to know what’s important to you, and to create a vision for your life into which your career can fit.

The business world is changing, and that means we, as business owners and people, need to adapt. But we don’t just want to react to a changing world; we want to shape it and be out in front, leading the field.

Here are a hand full of competencies needed to thrive in business.

Critical thinking.
Critical thinking is fundamental to smart decision making; and is key to being successful at just about anything.
Question those posts and soundbites you take as fact. So many are someone else’s assumptions, claims, and viewpoints. Just because it is online, doesn’t make it true.

Focus and discipline.
Focus and discipline have always been critical to success in just about any field, but these days, managing distraction has become harder

for even the most disciplined. If you can’t get things done, somebody else will.

Being human.
Give up the virtual world for the real world, where successful businesses are built on real communication and real relationships. Every business transaction ultimately has a human being at both ends. Being human allows you top listen to people and be in touch with your instincts.

Getting things done.
Successful entrepreneurs have a strong sense of personal responsibility, accountability, and work ethic; and have the ability to focus and motivate people to work together toward a common goal. They know what their goals and priorities are, and what they want to get done.

Competitive spirit.
The relentless drive to win, is a critical success factor.

You can learn to adapt and develop these abilities through experience.

With that all said and done, one also needs a business that has structure, is self sufficient, and is scalable.

Your best chance to make it in business is to stop worrying about what other people think of you, and focus on your own goals. Plenty of people will tell you that it’s crazy to shoot for the stars. Give yourself permission to dream big!