If you are like most new entrepreneurs, you will most certainly make many mistakes in the process of building a successful business. You are human…and you will falter. Be ready to humble yourself, accept that you will fumble and fall, learn from your failures, pick yourself up, brush the dirt off your back, and continue to look in the only direction that will bring you success…Forward.

“Failure is the tuition you pay for success” ~ Walter Brunell

In the last 4 years I have surrounded myself with many successful small business owners. I have taken notes, asked questions, investigated their tactics, picked their brain, silently watched and have done everything humanly possible to follow in their footsteps. In the process I have discovered the key ingredients of creating a business that can, and will survive in any economy…online or offline.

Putting People First

Putting your needs aside and putting people first is the foundation of any successful business. Building concrete relationships with your customers will create trust. Once your customer trusts you, they will refer you to others, buy your products and continue using your services. Without trust and customer loyalty..businesses don’t have a fighting chance.

In the Internet Marketing arena, thanking people may be as simple as retweeting an article, commenting on a comrades blog, or sharing their post on Facebook.

Zig Ziglar said it best when he said:

“You will get all you want in life, if you help enough other people get what they want.”

Market Yourself, Not Your Business

Spamming and slamming everyone you encounter with a sales pitch about your new product or business is not only unattractive…it’s completely ineffective. People can smell the desperation all over you. Cold calling strangers, neighbors or old friends, and pitching your network marketing business opportunity to them in the first few sentences of a conversation, is not only self serving…it’s downright annoying. You may not realize this…not only are you wasting your time, you are also wasting their valuable time too.

The great leaders of the most successful businesses today didn’t get where they are by jamming the phone lines and filling people’s inboxes with useless and self serving sales pitches.

Remember what we all learned from our parents as a small child?

“You only get one chance to make a first impression” ~ Mom and Dad.

Learn the simple principles of Attraction Marketing. Not only will you see positive results in your business, but you will begin to see a difference in yourself as well.

Do Business With A Conscience

Your reputation as a person will become the fuel and driving force behind your business’s success. Be honest and forthright. If you lose the trust of one associate or customer, it can only take a few minutes, a few phone calls, or a few quick conversations…to lose them all.

One of my community’s most prominent and successful business owners has this sign in all of his stores.

“It can take weeks and months to gain a customer…but only seconds to lose them”

Self Education

Self education is inarguably one of the most effective tools in creating a successful business. Becoming a business owner puts you in the driver’s seat. You no longer have anyone leading the way. It’s up to you to seek out all of the quality information you can get your hands on to implement your business plan. Invest in yourself. It will prove to be the best investment you will ever make.

“Formal education will make you a living, self-education will make you a fortune” ~ Jim Rohn

In A Nutshell

The holy grail of running a successful business doesn’t lie in the product you are Marketing or the service you offer. Implementing these key elements and tweaking them as you go along, is what most successful business owners focus on.

Surround yourself with leaders, listen to leaders…and learn from leaders.

And at the end of the day, after you’ve learned how to implement these basic business building principles, chances are…

You will be able to sell pet rocks to the President…or ice to an Eskimo.

Ever wondered what factors contribute to catapulting a business firm to success? Success, as many people who are starting their business or have experienced the birth pains of a business venture can attest, does not happen overnight. Successful business people who have blazed trails and expanded into the global market share that foremost among the factors that contributed to their success is having incredible focus. Hard work and determination are also part of the equation for success. Then of course, the way business heads or company founders adopted to he changing business environment also played a vital role in their stories of survival and growth. The business entrepreneur’s mindset or positive outlook is likewise an instrument to success.

Fashion designer Anna Sui is perfect example of a famous business personality who, through her own efforts, attained a measure of success. There were moments, she once said in an interview, when she did not have money, but she did what she can, and even took extra design jobs, to keep her company going. She’s an entrepreneur who’s alert to opportunities, and that helped in a big way, too. Today, her fashion business is hugely successful and her creations are snapped up by satisfied clientele worldwide. Sam Walton, the founder of Walmart, started out in the retail business armed with nothing more than a dream. He put up a small shop, adopted a hands-on approach, and through perseverance, resilience and a far-thinking mind, steered his retail shop to success. There are many business entrepreneurs who have fumbled & lost their direction. The more courageous, however, hang on to their passion, plan again, and rely on faith and gumption to overcome obstacles and create a successful business.

Other established firms employ their own tactics and techniques to sustain the momentum of business success. Some companies, like Disney for example, use a tradition of legendary service and whimsical touches at every turn. Yet even highly successful firms need leaders that can breathe fresh air into their corporate culture. Leaders with strategic goals that can revamp the business, even use tools to be up-to-date with market trends and ways of doing business in the digital world in order to create new revenue streams are highly desired nowadays.

It can be noted that the tasks & challenges to ensure business success in the modern age are not as simple anymore as they may have been decades ago. Today, most companies need to concentrate on maintaining great customer experiences. Firms nowadays also need to show corporate social responsibility and environmental responsibility. In fact, many companies are getting a pat on the back – from both stockholders and the public-at-large – for their impressive eco efforts. Indeed, a focused approach to business; cultivating continuous efforts to improve it coupled with the ability to spot and seize opportunities & come up with out-of-the-box solutions to problems; being tenacious in pursuing goals; bouncing back from setbacks; and above all, having faith can lead to a successful business. So whether you’re an online entrepreneur who’s passionate about your products & services, or an employee who’s still honing skills, you can create a positive vibe with your prospective clients by embodying the traits and gleaning useful insights from the experiences of successful business entrepreneurs & leaders.

Successful business women know the importance of having mentors at various stages throughout their lives. Whether it was in school, sports teams, dance or other activities, who among us doesn’t remember having someone who offered the help, support and advice that helped us get some challenging times.

Business is tough enough for success business women so why not have some people you can count on for support. Many people will tell you what they think you want to hear, not enough will tell you what you should hear.

And receiving and accepting candid feedback is a main reason why successful business women get that way. They use it to avoid costly mistakes and make better decisions to achieve their business goals and professional aspirations.

Mentors are important to those who may be lacking the experience, knowledge or skills required in a certain task or position. Successful business women can leverage the capabilities of others to help them when their lack of experience could be a liability.

After all any stretch assignment has potential pitfalls where your lack of experience could cause you to fail. This is where a mentor can help. You learn from their mistakes, not just from yours.

But how do you know what type of mentor you need? Who would be the best person to help? How can successful business women find them?

The first step requires an objective self-assessment – You can’t find a mentor until you “find” (know) yourself. Only after you know what you need, can you find a mentor to help.

Ask yourself what do I really need in a mentor – if it’s for career then maybe you want to know what jobs you should be taking now. What course and/or training are needed? What assignments should successful business women be thinking about taking to give them the right experience given their career choices?

Or maybe you’re in a new role or stretch assignment. You might want to ask a mentor – What are the barriers to success? How do I get around them? Who should I involve? What other skills are needed? And so on. Determine and understand what you really want.

Step 2 – After you have answered these questions, ask yourself how a mentor can help you.

Mentors can help with a promotion, developing skills, identifying strengths, getting help with weakness and as well as business progress. They can also be business development sponsors for successful business women.

The right business related mentor is also someone who knows your field, can help you learn new things and is willing to give his or her time to help you. Often they have the knowledge and skills, open-mindedness, accessibility, trustworthiness and reliability.

Sometimes their great success comes with great egos which can be a problem. Just because someone has significant cache doesn’t mean they will help you. Successful business women will also need to determine the structure of the mentoring relationship – in person, virtual and global or network. And if the mentoring relationship is for long term or just for short period of time.

Successful business women may not find a mentor over night. They will need to continually be reaching out to people who they think could help. Meeting with them, sharing ideas and concerns. Over time you will determine if they are the right person for you: can they be the mentors that you need to help you and your business.

Successful business women know the importance of having mentors at various stages throughout their lives. Whether it was in school, sports teams, dance or other activities, who among us doesn’t remember having someone who offered the help, support and advice that helped us get some challenging times.

Business is tough enough for success business women so why not have some people you can count on for support. Many people will tell you what they think you want to hear, not enough will tell you what you should hear.

And receiving and accepting candid feedback is a main reason why successful business women get that way. They use it to avoid costly mistakes and make better decisions to achieve their business goals and professional aspirations.

Mentors are important to those who may be lacking the experience, knowledge or skills required in a certain task or position. Successful business women can leverage the capabilities of others to help them when their lack of experience could be a liability.

After all any stretch assignment has potential pitfalls where your lack of experience could cause you to fail. This is where a mentor can help. You learn from their mistakes, not just from yours.

But how do you know what type of mentor you need? Who would be the best person to help? How can successful business women find them?

The first step requires an objective self-assessment – You can’t find a mentor until you “find” (know) yourself. Only after you know what you need, can you find a mentor to help.

Ask yourself what do I really need in a mentor – if it’s for career then maybe you want to know what jobs you should be taking now. What course and/or training are needed? What assignments should successful business women be thinking about taking to give them the right experience given their career choices?

Or maybe you’re in a new role or stretch assignment. You might want to ask a mentor – What are the barriers to success? How do I get around them? Who should I involve? What other skills are needed? And so on. Determine and understand what you really want.

Step 2 – After you have answered these questions, ask yourself how a mentor can help you.

Mentors can help with a promotion, developing skills, identifying strengths, getting help with weakness and as well as business progress. They can also be business development sponsors for successful business women.

The right business related mentor is also someone who knows your field, can help you learn new things and is willing to give his or her time to help you. Often they have the knowledge and skills, open-mindedness, accessibility, trustworthiness and reliability.

Sometimes their great success comes with great egos which can be a problem. Just because someone has significant cache doesn’t mean they will help you. Successful business women will also need to determine the structure of the mentoring relationship – in person, virtual and global or network. And if the mentoring relationship is for long term or just for short period of time.

Successful business women may not find a mentor over night. They will need to continually be reaching out to people who they think could help. Meeting with them, sharing ideas and concerns. Over time you will determine if they are the right person for you: can they be the mentors that you need to help you and your business.

id you know that small successful businesses are on the increase? Many new home businesses are increasing every day. Why? Because now they can, since they discovered the crucial secret to a owning a home business.

Every day people enter into the world of small businesses by starting a kitchen table business expecting to rake in the cash, even while they sleep, and almost overnight.

Then reality sinks in. No immediate success and no overnight money.

Feeling disappointed they purchase one product after the next, in the hope that each product will give them the answer for owning a few small successful businesses from the comfort of their home. Soon after, they give up on their dream with no hope of living the lifestyle that they want.

If you can relate to this, relax. Here you will find 3 tips to owning a number of small successful businesses:

1. The role of your mind: your mind plays a vital role in the success of your businesses. It is your mind, or more specifically your subconscious mind, who brings about success or failure in your business endeavours.

When you have the right success mindset, you will automatically be propelled to take action, and you will attract opportunities and success to you with very little effort.

2. Decisions, decisions, decisions: now that you realise the vital role your mind plays in your home businesses, your next step is to make the decision that you will be committed to be successful. And your primary decision is now for you to decide to work on your subconscious mind; to programme it for success, to engage and align it in the direction of success.

It goes beyond than simply having wishful thoughts of having several small successful businesses: you will need to instill a successful mindset.

3. Set realistic goals: far too many people skip this step and they wonder why they have not been successful. Your subconscious mind is a goal-seeking mechanism. Without goals, it works on default, manifesting exactly what you’re aligned to receive – which is why you’re still stuck where you are at. Your subconscious mind must have a goal to work towards.

Rather than working on a few ideas you want to turn into small successful businesses, make it your goal to focus all your efforts on turning one small business into a success, and once you have fully initiated the successful mindset, you can move on to your second small business, and then your third.

Having a number of small successful businesses can be achieved, once you have programmed your mind for success.

Hani Al-Qasem is a published author, speaker, and Learning And Development Academy Facilitator. He is also a Certified EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques) Practitioner, and motivation specialist.

Do you know the secret of success? Do you know what to do to build a successful business? Do you know why many people out there fail to succeed in their businesses and in their life? One of the reasons is having a poor MIND coupled with lack of ENTHUSIASM. Your mind and your enthusiasm contribute 100% to the success of your business regardless of the level of your education.

The question now is “How do you use your mind to succeed in your business?” One thing you need to know is that everything you see around us had to be first an idea in the mind. Your mind is a storehouse of wisdom, understanding, intelligence and a source of ideas. What you store in your mind is what you get. If you practice success for your business, your mind will provide you with ways to succeed. It will give you ways to market your business to success.

If you think you can do your home business and succeed, then you can. That’s the principle you need to adopt. But if you think you can’t, the chances are that you cannot. We all have the same mind to start a business but the question is “How can we make full use of it to build successful businesses?” The answer is in having a lot of ENTHUSIASM to do our business. This is what separates winners from ordinary people.

ENTHUSIASM is the eagerness about doing or achieving something. It acts as a catalyst and motivator to do things. You MUST BE ENTHUSIASTIC about your business to get the energy and the wisdom to turn it into a successful business. Your mind is a success machine, which ordinary people never learn to use to succeed in their businesses. The day they learn to use it, they are no longer ordinary people and success becomes their trade name.

Whatever you program your mind to do, it will accomplish. Mentally think about your business succeeding, your mind will figure out ways for you to make it successful. Mentally think about your business failing, your mind will get for you a way to fail. This is why you need to be careful with what you set your heart on. It surely becomes yours.

Whatever the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can achieve. One famous criminologist stated that “When men first come into contact with crime, they abhor it (hate it). If they remain in contact with crime, they become accustomed to it, and endure it. If they remain in contact with it long enough, they finally embrace it, and become influenced by it”. This explains how the mind works.

If you want to do a successful business, spend your time working on it every day. Focus your mind to attain your desires through VISUALISATION, which is a practice of seeing your desires in your imagination day and night. Your subconscious mind works on your desires, picks facts and gives you answers through creativity.

As I conclude, I would like to remind you that enthusiasm is a key to building a successful business. Be enthusiastic about whatever task you do. Focus your mind on ideas and actions that will help you to succeed in your home business. You will obviously succeed and be counted among the highly successful people.

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Are you successful but feel burned out working 50-70 hours per weeks? Do you feel your business or company hitting the proverbial wall and plateauing in production overall? The most successful business leaders know working harder and longer hours are not the answer to overall business success and personal happiness. The following content is designed specifically to apply to multiple business industries, varied professional leadership positions and one’s own personal life. If these core concepts are learned and applied regularly in one’s own business and life, powerful positive results will result, and personal freedom and professional business success will be attainable again.

5 Secrets of the Top 1% Most Successful Business Leaders #1: Efficiency Does Not Equal Effectiveness.

Usually the most ‘busy” people in life are the least productive. Learn to live and work smartly. Time management is important – as a daily schedule. However, a daily schedule should only be a part of the long-term vision and planning formed in annual, monthly and weekly planners. Simply going to work and reacting to events that take place removes the control from your life and your business goals. It also adds extreme stress that can become unhealthy as it develops a vision that work and life circumstances are outside of our control. In fact, our circle of influence on areas of our life gives us as much control as we want. By using mental imagery and envisioning tough situations in your day or week before the happen – and how you will want to act, can help you anticipate conflict and keep the stress-level down and more in control of your actions and emotions.

5 Secrets of the Top 1% Most Successful Business Leaders #2: People Are Your #1 Asset.

Spend 20% of your time listening to your people and teams. Notice I said listening, not talking. This is on purpose. Try to make sure you are spending informal time “touching” and relating to as many team members as possible. Cultivate a relationship so they know you care about them as people first, employees second. In turn, they will start to see you the same way. Set aside scheduled time weekly to informally stop by or “make the rounds” visibly with your teams. Do not talk about work until they bring up the topic. Keep it light and personal.

5 Secrets of the Top 1% Most Successful Business Leaders #3: Your 2nd Most Important Asset is Your SELF.

– As the most important investment in your business – take care of yourself first. Balance is the key to everything. Make sure you touch on the 4 major areas of life every week: Physical, Mental, Social, and Spiritual (PMSS).

Try this exercise first: brainstorm for 5 minutes all of the roles in your life. Clearly define them and place them under the 4 above life areas (PMSS) – and see if you can place at least one role under each of these umbrellas. If you can’t – you may have discovered a root problem to your stress and imbalance already.

Rank your roles in one life list- #1 being the most important. Once you have prioritized your roles – spend 80% of your time in the top 20%. Make sure you are spending time weekly in each of the four categories – Physical, Mental, Social, and Spiritual as closely as you can. Keep balance for personal and professional health.

5 Secrets of the Top 1% Most Successful Business Leaders #4: Lead Leaders Not Followers.

This concept may take some explaining, but there is a critical difference in the above sentence that may have the single most impact on your overall business success. You will grow as an organization in numbers only if you add followers, but you will multiply and exponentially increase your ROI through duplication if you grow leaders. The old adage, “Give a man a fish, feed him for a day; but teach him how to fish and he will eat for a lifetime,” applies in principle here. If we tend to micro-manage our teams and people – we will create a bottle-neck in work process and flow. Our employees will become frustrated in our lack of trust as leaders in their capabilities to perform the tasks and solve problems without us.

We need to nurture and grow – teach and trust our people we rely on the most for personal and business success. Developing the aforementioned relationships with your people and getting to know them better will allow you to grow and help them in their weaker areas and take advantage of their strengths. As a leader your goal should be to guide and develop all your people on your teams to reach their maximum leadership capabilities individually. As their talents grow – they will take on more responsibilities – in line with the company vision and mission – and most importantly free up your time to work on income-producing activities.

5 Secrets of the Top 1% Most Successful Business Leaders #5: System, Process, People = Automation

A well-known vision and mission for your company and a system of “how we get work accomplished here” are foundations of the most successful business leaders worldwide. Your employees should take an active role in the process of forming the company mission, vision, and system. As the leader you can guide them through the process of where you want to take them and still build the trust and empowerment. All people will believe in you as the leader if you believe in them first. The key is employee trust and buy-in that is developed over time by empowering them in their roles, trusting them with appropriate decisions without you, and allowing them to participate or “have a voice” when company decisions are made. This trust and empowerment will dramatically improve your company’s work culture, employee motivation will become internal instead of external, and your retention numbers will soar as a result. People will WANT TO work for you as a leader.

Everyone thought I was mad. Even my Grandmother looked up at me from her deathbed and said “Don’t do it!” the day that I announced that I was going to leave my well paid job as a gas service engineer to start my own business.

For years I had dreamed of starting my own business and now I had taken action (and a massive loan from the bank) and opened up a convenience store and post office. I figured that people always need to eat and therefore opening a shop selling food was a guarantee for success.

Did I enjoy overnight success? NO.

The reality was that I ended up working 18 hours a day, seven days a week for 9 months, sacrificing valuable time with my young family in the process, before finally things started to improve. I went on to open another two stores and won many national competitions including an all expenses paid trip to New York sponsored by Sir Richard Branson.

I thought that I had finally cracked it. Life was good, or so I thought. Then a Superstore opened up nearby and my landlord also opened up a convenience store next door to me. Suddenly my sales dropped.

How did I survive?

I looked for new ways to make money in my stores. I added new lines and introduced more promotions and slowly my customers returned to my store and life was good again.

I then decided to embark on a new adventure-namely building my dream home. I bought a field that had planning permission and split it into five plots.I sold four of the plots almost immediately and kept a plot for myself. The revenue that I made from selling the other plots paid for the infrastructure and towards the cost of building my dream home.

As I was fortunate enough to have good staff to run my stores for me whilst I project managed the building of my house, I was able to process my paperwork from my home office. I began to enjoy not having to travel daily back and forth to my businesses and this got me thinking about working from home permanently.

Not being one to drag my feet I sold my retail stores and started my own construction and development company that I ran from home. My business specialised in buying and selling land and project managing building dream homes for others. This became a successful business very quickly and again life was good. However just at that time the recession came and the demand for wanting to buy land and build houses decreased dramatically. This was a big shock and a massive worry for me as I still had outstanding business loans to pay, staff to provide work for as well as a family to feed. I needed to act fast. I desperately needed to find a way to make more money.

I quickly diversified my business to concentrate more on smaller building works like extensions, loft conversions and conservatories. This took a little time as I needed to rebrand the company to focus more on building works. However once I had tried and tested and found the best marketing methods my company went from strength to strength.

That was until three customers in succession took advantage of my good nature and did not pay for the work that I had carried out for them, due to them running out of money. This was a very stressful time as it resulted in lengthy, costly legal proceedings to recover monies due to me which caused massive cash flow problems within my business.

This is a major downfall for many bricks and mortar businesses especially as you have to outlay lots of capital for materials and labour before you receive payment from the customer. Many businesses have then sadly gone into administration when customers have then failed to pay for the goods and services provided.

Fortunately I was able to survive but it made be re evaluate what I wanted from life.

I knew for sure that I definitely wanted to still run a business. It was what I had done successfully for over twenty years, but I began to look into other opportunities. I still wanted to run a business from home, which in effect was what I was already doing with my construction company, but without the responsibility that the bricks and mortar business provided, namely having staff to find work for and customers delaying in paying for their goods.

That’s when I began to look into opportunities for online businesses. As an established successful businessman I quickly realised that this type of business could provide me with the perfect balance that I needed in my life.

I would still be my own boss, I could still work from home but with this type of business there was a huge global audience to market to and better still they would pay for their goods in advance and the only staff I needed to recruit was my wife.

Julie, my wife had never been that active in running my bricks and mortar businesses but she was very excited about embarking on an online business together especially as this meant that she could work from home around the needs of our young children…Something that she could not have done with our bricks and mortar businesses as the working hours were dictated by customer and supplier needs.

So have I finally found the best successful business? I will not lie, even online businesses have their trying times, especially with Google constantly changing the rules and with trying to keep up with the latest technology and marketing, but I have to say that, hand on heart,my online business has provided my wife and I with the best work/ life balance possible. It allows us to attend every school concert and sports day and every other special family event that we would otherwise have had to miss, if we were working for someone else. It has even enabled us to be able to have a gorgeous cockapoo puppy.

However, as with any business opportunity it is very important to research and find the best online businesses available. You will need to find a product that will be easy to market and sell and if you choose to become an affiliate you will need to ensure that you choose a company that will offer the highest rewards for your effort.

You do not need to have any exceptional qualities to create a successful business. I certainly had no business experience when I started out in business, but what I had was dream and a determination to provide the best that I could for myself and my family.

Even though I earned a good salary when I worked as a gas engineer, I l knew that the lifestyle that I could create for my family was governed by the capped salary that I could earn. I knew that if I wanted to fulfil my dreams and ambitions that I needed to take action and to take risks to earn more money.

I am so glad that I took action and that I did not quit when I encountered difficulties and hardships.

Any mistakes that I made along the way were merely treated as temporary hurdles on the road to success.

After all most successful people have encountered difficulties along the way including successful entrepreneurs like Sir Richard Branson and Simon Cowell. So I regard myself as being in good company with mistakes that I have made.

The setbacks that I did encounter have actually helped me enormously within my online business and have enabled me to share with others the best ways to start a business. People now actually appreciate my good nature with advice that I offer them to change their lives for the better, rather than taking advantage of it, as happened with my bricks and mortar business.

To close, even though my journey from gas engineer to successful business owner has been rocky I would not change a thing, as it has ultimately led to me creating the life of my dreams.

My name is Roy Derrick and I have over 20 years experience in running my own business. Over the years I have set up several successful businesses including a chain of retail stores and a construction company. My wife and I currently run a home based business that offers individuals easy ways to earn an extra income working from home.

This business, unlike my previous bricks and mortar businesses, provides us with the work/life balance that we have previously strived for, allowing us to spend valuable quality time with our children.

I currently use my experience to find the most up to date and effective ways for other individuals to make money from home without them having to dig too deep into their pockets to find start up costs.

One of the greatest secrets of successful people is their pattern of behavior. A little study of successful people will reveal that there are certain habits, patterns, regular or repetitive and predictable behaviors.

Just as successful people are men and women of habits, certain habits are also common with successful businesses.

Highly effective and prosperous business organizations have great relevance and impact on people because they have developed habits.

What is habit? Habit is an action or pattern of behavior that is repeated so often that it becomes typical of somebody, although he or she may be unaware of it; somebody’s attitude or general disposition.

Every business has several habits, but not all repeated behaviours are of equal value. Some habits are detrimental and pernicious. For instance, someone having a drug habit (the repeated use of harmful drugs).

Most businesses have a number of harmful and unfortunate habits. To avoid creating and engaging bad habits, we must be very conscious of what we do, when we do it, why we do it and the outcome of those actions.There are habits that are harmful to businesses. When you engage any of these habits, to experience progress in such a business becomes almost impossible. Some of these harmful habits can ultimately destroy your business.

There are four elements that make habits desirable:

Intentional behavior: Unintentional business activity is not worth doing unless we can justify its implementations. All business efforts should be intentional and well directed toward the actualization of the goal and vision of the organization.

Strategic behavior: A habit becomes strategic when it is done purposefully and in relation to a specified desirable outcome. All habits should be consistent with the vision and purpose of the business organization.

Productive behavior: A habit is productive if it moves us closer to our business goal. Every habit that is not productive is counterproductive and therefore bad for the business.

Biblical behavior: It is possible for habits to be intentional, strategic and productive but to be outside the boundaries of Scriptures. Every habit must align with the principles of God’s word.

Successful businesses have numerous habits, but these habits are intentional, strategic, productive and Biblical. Here are some habits of highly successful business organizations:

Operate in large markets: Successful businesses operate in large and growing markets. The number of people that will need your product will determine how many sales you’ll make. It is wisdom to operate in large market.

Have unique products: Businesses that are making impact in the market place don’t go around marketing “me too” products. Their products are unique.

Have systems: Successful business organizations are known for their great systems. They have great structures in place.

Customer service: The real battle in the business arena is the battle for customer. As never before customers are surrounded with dozens or alternatives to choose from. Organizations that please customer well have upper hands in this battle for customer.

Not dependent on one person: Great businesses are not built around a person or personality. And this is one of the importances of running the business on solid systems.

Have great marketing: Every business thrives on good marketing. Successful business organizations know the importance of marketing. As a result, they invest money and time in their marketing.

They add value to customers: the number one goal of every business organization is to win and keep customers. Not really about making profits. Making profits might be the entrepreneur’s goal. But the business organization as an entity has one major goal, and that is to attract and keep customers. And key to achieving that is by adding value to their customer. So that, the customers can keep coming back. And also to refer their friends and neighbors.

They come up with new products: Successful business organizations don’t rest on their successes. They know that the success of yesterday will stink today. It is said that every product has shelf life of six months before becoming obsolete.

They have a big customer database: successful businesses keep good customer database. They know the importance of their customers. They keep good records of the customers.

They have high margins. Because their products are unique and they operate in large market. They have high margins. They can afford to raise the prices of their products without the fear of losing customers.

Take a few minutes to identify some of the many habits that define your business. Let’s meet in the comments!

To Your Prosperity

Sharon akinoluwa

My name is Sharon Akinoluwa, a professional blogger, internet marketer, conference speaker, author, investor and gifted teacher of biblical principles of economics.

I founded Wealth and Riches; a Christian blog that is committed to solving business and financial problems for individuals and corporate organizations by making relevant and vital information available on wealth creation, peak performance and business success.

Start with Duplicating Human Excellence when Making a Successful Business…

Making a successful business these days has a lot to do with modeling after a successful personality. Successful people seem to have unconscious competence, a naturally successful personality, because getting dressed to impress just doesn’t do it anymore. People will see through the BS every time, and they want what’s real. Gone are the days of melodrama, and make room for a reality show on every celebrity out there! A true “successful personality” acts with unconscious competence.

But just how do you attain a “successful personality?”

The easiest way is to simply model after someone who is successful. Now, this is easier said than done. But I’ve laid out for you three easy steps to follow, once you find that successful personality you want to model after.

First, examine your successful personality model’s belief system…

And change your beliefs to match theirs. Most successful personally models out there have similar belief systems. Although they come from various religious backgrounds, the core belief is the same: the law of attraction. Almost every spiritual book out there has scriptures to back the law of attraction, so you can find a successful personality who may be Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Buddhist or other and they all tend to believe that they need to take on responsibility for their own actions. When you can assume responsibility for the things that have happened to you, and when you can admit that the life you’re living today was created as a result of your own actions, then that gives you extreme personal power to change the outcome of your life! Also, making a successful business has to do with believing that there is no such thing as failure. You may not always accomplish the goal you set out for on the first try, but you did succeed in creating a result. From that result, you can learn and try again. Colonel Sanders himself didn’t even set out to start his business until the age of 65, and he received 1009 “no way get out of here old man” responses to his attempt to sell his recipe before he received the first “yes, I’ll use your recipe”. See, he never failed; he only generated 1009 “results” to learn from to bring him his first open door for making a successful business. One thousand nine negative responses! Who has that kind of motivation? A successful personality does!

Second, examine your mentor’s syntax for making a successful business…

What do I mean by this? Syntax refers to the order of thinking and acting. For example, some people respond to a given stimulus without thinking, and others think it through first. Some people will never make a decision without “sleeping on it”. Others will go with their gut feeling. You can tell if a person is thinking or remembering by the body language and direction of the eyes as they contemplate a problem, create a story or try to remember something in their past. A successful personality will handle problems with ease, almost seemingly not getting at all upset, but rather embracing the problem as a challenge and a chance to learn, analyzing the problem logically so as to act in the best way possible.

Third, examine the physiology of your successful personality model….

This means the way they move, breath, act, their eating and sleeping habits. Increased physical energy alone can be attained simply by changing one’s personal dietary habits. Find out what your role model does to get the creative juices running.

Making a successful business has everything to do with taking action!

You have to stretch yourself. I’m sure you’re aware that, when working out or training to run, you can’t train yourself to run further until you make yourself go just a little bit past your comfort zone each time you run. When you get to the point of thinking you might collapse, but then you convince yourself to push on… that’s when you can train to go the extra mile. This it not only fact in physiology, it’s a metaphor for stretching yourself by getting past your comfort zone just a little bit to achieve higher chance of making a successful business.

“Making a successful business” can be achieved by absorbing your mentor’s successful personality…

It seems to work like osmosis, but the more you listen to audio recordings from a known successful personality, the more you become like that person. Over time, you begin to find yourself thinking, acting, and talking with the same confidence.