There are quite a good number of people looking for those simple guides to success. It is also possible that there are definitive one-size-fits-all answers but, you are likely to find many similarities in any tips you come across.
Below are 5 similarities:
1. Know Who You Are. This means you should take time to understand yourself first and foremost before you venture to provide any solution, goods or services to your market. What are your strengths, weaknesses, likes or dislikes? Are you okay dealing with people on a face-to-face basis? What about your ability to take criticism? Do you like taking time to deal with the nitty gritty or you just prefer to direct and let others implement?
You get the gist. It cannot be over-emphasised; get to know YOU! It will help you plan the best strategy on how to harness your capabilities and profit from them.
2. Overcome Your Identity Crisis. Once you know who you are, it should be easy to avoid the temptation to want to become like the ‘other man’. Many newbies are anxious to start a business that people they admire or are inspired by have started. The problem starts very quickly if you don’t have the same gift or passion or even vision or inspiration as such a person. It is also at this point you realise that you are unable to sustain the venture.
3. Aim to be unique. It is also a good idea to try and be innovative in what you aim to offer customers. Try going for that extra ‘bit’ in your offering to your customers to differentiate your goods or service to make you ‘unique’.
4. Prepare for Copycats. If your business idea is unique and has promise, rest assured that many will certainly want to jump on your train. Prepare for them by constantly innovating and being a step ahead. It is therefore a good tip not to start at all until you are ready to deal with copycat competition.
5. Be humble and ready to learn from your mistakes. No need to over brood and depressed over mistakes – which invariably will come. Use them as launchpads for innovation or at the very least, recognise them as learning curves. Then pick up the pieces and follow the hopefully now strengthened goal and vision.