Who doesn’t want to get better every day? I bet no one. Nobody wants to remain the same for their entire life. We all have in mind that one friend who wasn’t as smart as we were but overtook us in terms of success in life. It isn’t because they became smarter overnight. It is because they improved themselves daily. You can improve yourself as well if you strictly follow these 6 tested and proven secrets used by outstanding entrepreneurs.
1. Develop Some Optimal Levels of Anxiety
Without anxiety, you’ll just become bored and fall asleep. You need to get a little bit anxious to proceed in life. However, you need to regulate your anxiety levels because too much of it can significantly hinder your performance. Excessive anxiety will cause you to over-think and overreact.
What you should do is to have regulated levels of stress, adequate to keep you active and alert but not too much to interfere with your performance. Get out of your comfort zone and try to discover new things. This will not only teach you more but also improve your performance significantly. To become a better entrepreneur, you must break out of your comfort zone and become comfortable with the unknown and the unfamiliar.
2. Build a Strong Network
Successful startups for instance Twitter, Facebook, Uber, Airbnb… weren’t build by single individuals but by a strong team of talented and passionate individuals. To be an influential entrepreneur, look for talented and passionate people who share the same vision with you.
3. Keep Unnecessary Interferences at Bay While Working
While at work, make sure you lock your door and allow no distraction. You can put up a “Do Not Disturb” sign on the door of your office to keep of unnecessary interferences. In addition, put your phone off, on flight or silent mode.
4. Plan Using a Calender
Recently, to-do-lists have been converted into tools of postponement. With a to-do-list, most people tend to attend to the easiest tasks and postpone the most challenging ones.
To-do-lists are structured to make you want to tick off tasks. They do not differentiate between low priority and high priority tasks.
Outstanding entrepreneurs use a calender. Everything you write on your to-do-list should be transferred to your calender as events. Put tasks that require mental effort first then physical later. This will help you to manage your time well and to have some free time left for re-invention.
5. Monitor Your Progress
The problem with majority people is failure to review their progress. They just pan out a strategy and then blindly execute it without reviewing whether the plan is effective or not. If you want to be an outstanding entrepreneur, review your progress at least once every week or month. Examine the data to determine whether you are getting the expected results or not. Thereafter, adjust your sails and keep working accordingly.
6. Outsource Outsource Outsource
Having a team doesn’t mean you should do everything on your own. Even the best teams cannot do everything on their own. Tasks like legal services, branding and copy-writing need outsourcing. With the world wide web, it is a walk in the park to find cheap freelancers. When there is something out of your scope, just outsource and leave your team to concentrate on what they are good at.
To become an outstanding entrepreneurs, you should not only learn from your mistakes, but also from the mistakes that other people make. You cannot afford to make every mistake in your life because time is limited. Do not fear mistakes but learn from those you already know. Benjamin Franklin once said, “Do not fear mistakes. You will know failure. Continue to reach out.”
Do you want to discover more ways of becoming an outstanding entrepreneurs? Check out my book, “The M.E.T.H. Cycle” and graduate from being just a reader to an action taker. This is the time to improve yourself and get better in a world where most people do not walk their talk.