If there’s any group that needs to be constantly motivated; if there’s any group that needs constant self improvement the most, that group should be entrepreneurs because they play a vital role in the society.
Why do entrepreneurs need self improvement the most? Is sustained motivation a key to helping entrepreneurs stay on course in the entrepreneurial process? Is sustained motivation and entrepreneurial self improvement critical to building a successful business? This article is going to lay all these questions to rest.
“People who are unable to motivate themselves must be content with mediocrity, no matter how impressive their other talents." – Andrew Carnegie
From personal experience, I have come to observe that the need for self improvement is usually driven by pain and humiliation. Pain may sometimes be the major reason why people especially entrepreneurs change. Getting flunked grades make us realize that we need to study and improve ourselves. Debts remind us of our inability to look for an extra source of income. Being humiliated gives us the ‘push’ to speak up and fight for ourselves to save our face from the next embarrassments. It may be a bitter experience, a friend’s tragic story, a great movie, or an inspiring book that will help us get up and get just the right amount of motivation we need in order to improve ourselves.
“My first-grade teacher told me I was the dumbest student she ever had. She did me a favor. If she told me I was very smart, I wouldn’t have tried to improve.” – Ernest Gallo
I have seen first handedly how pain and humiliation propelled entrepreneurs from grass to grace. I have seen entrepreneurs who were called useless and failure bound rise to the pinnacle of success. I have seen lonely geeks who were rejected by girls and friends in high school rise to become outstanding entrepreneurs. What’s the major ingredient for this dramatic change or self improvement? You are going to find out.
Now take a look at this. Thomas Edison was called a dumb by his school teachers and he was heavily criticized by intellects because he failed 10,000 times in his light bulb experiment. Ernest Gallo was called a dumb by his school teacher; Richard Branson was told he would end up in jail by his headmaster. Henry Ford was called an ignorant man by intellects; Ted Turner and Larry Ellison were told they would never amount to anything. These successful entrepreneurs and drop out billionaires used the pain and humiliation they received to improve and motivate themselves to success.
“Like success, failure is many things to many people. With positive mental attitude, failure is a learning experience, a rung on the ladder, and a plateau at which to get your thoughts in order to prepare to try again.” – W. Clement Stone
I hope these few illustrations have made you see the importance of self improvement and sustained motivation for entrepreneurs and small business owners. Now with the countless negativity the world brings about, how do we keep ourselves motivated in business? How can entrepreneurs stay motivated in the face of business challenges and environmental negativity? Well, I have prepared a compilation of A – Z tips for self improvement and sustained motivation tailored for entrepreneurs. If you are ready to learn how to improve your entrepreneurial life and personality, then read on.
A – Z of Self Improvement and Sustained Motivation for Entrepreneurs
A – Achieve your dreams. Avoid negative people, things and places. Eleanor Roosevelt once said, “The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.”
“No matter how carefully you plan your goals, they will never be more than pipe dreams unless you pursue them with gusto.” – W. Clement Stone
B – Believe in your self, and in what you can do.
"Some people intertwine self belief and faith but I stand to say they are not the same. Faith is not self belief. While faith says it can be done, self belief says 'I can do it.' While faith says there is possibility, Self belief says 'I am the possibility.' Faith without self belief is vain.” – Ajaero Tony Martins
C – Consider things on every angle and aspect. Motivation comes from determination. To be able to understand life, you should feel the sun from both sides.
“Before making an important decision, get as much as you can of the best information available and review it carefully, analyze it and draw up worst case scenarios. Add up the plus or minus factors, discuss it with your team and do what your guts tell you to do.” – The Mafia Manager
D – Don’t give up and don’t give in. Thomas Edison failed once, twice, more than thrice before he came up with his invention and perfected the incandescent light bulb. Make motivation your steering wheel.
“I have taken more than 9000 shots in my career. I have lost almost 300 games. Twenty six times I have been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I have failed over and over again in my life; and that is why I succeed.” – Michael Jordan
E – Enjoy. Work as if you don’t need money. Dance as if nobody’s watching. Love as if you never cried. Learn as if you’ll live forever. Motivation takes place when people are happy.
“Work hard, have fun; make history.” – Jeff Bezos
F – Family and Friends – are life’s greatest ‘F’ treasures. Don’t loose sight of them.
G – Give more than what is enough. Where does motivation and self improvement take place at work? At home? At school? When you exert extra effort in doing things.
H – Hang on to your dreams. They may dangle in there for a moment, but these little stars will be your driving force.
"What's the worst that could happen? Everyone turned me down; big deal." – J. K. Rowling
I – Ignore those who try to destroy you. Don’t let other people to get the best of you. Stay out of toxic people – the kind of friends who hates to hear about your success.
“Be careful of the environment you choose for it will shape you. Be careful the friends you choose for you will become like them.” – W. Clement Stone
J – Just be yourself. The key to success is to be yourself. And the key to failure is to try to please everyone.
“Remain true to yourself and your philosophy.” – Giorgio Armani
K – Keep trying no matter how hard life may seem. When a person is motivated, eventually he sees a harsh life finally clearing out, paving the way to self improvement.
"Be the one thing you think you cannot do. Fail at it. Try again. Do better the second time. The only people who never tumble are those who never mount the high wire. This is your moment, own it." – Oprah Winfrey
L – Learn to love yourself. Now isn’t that easy?
M – Make things happen. Motivation is when your dreams are put into work clothes.
N – Never lie, cheat or steal. Always play a fair game.
"It takes 20 years to build a reputation and only five Minutes to ruin it. If you think about that, you will do things differently." – Warren Buffet
O – Open your eyes. People should learn the horse attitude and horse sense. They see things in 2 ways – how they want things to be, and how they should be.
“There is little difference in people but that little difference makes big difference. The little difference is attitude. The big difference is whether it is positive or negative.” – W. Clement Stone
P – Practice makes perfect. Practice is about motivation. It lets us learn repertoire and ways on how can we recover from our mistakes.
"Dream more than others. Think practical." – Howard Schultz
Q – Quitters never win. And winners never quit. So, choose your fate – are you going to be a quitter? Or a winner?
"Losers quit when they fail. Winners fail until they succeed." – Robert Kiyosaki
R – Ready yourself. Motivation is also about preparation. We must hear the little voice within us telling us to get started before others will get on their feet and try to push us around. Remember, it wasn’t raining when Noah build the ark.
"I feel that luck is preparation meeting opportunity." – Oprah Winfrey
S – Stop procrastinating.
"The most life destroying word of all is the word tomorrow." – Rich Dad
T – Take control of your life. Discipline or self control jives synonymously with motivation. Both are key factors in self improvement.
"Control your destiny or someone else will." – Jack Welch
U – Understand others. If you know very well how to talk, you should also learn how to listen. Yearn to understand first, and to be understood the second.
“It takes character and control to be understanding and forgiving.” – Dale Carnegie
V – Visualize it. Motivation without vision is like a boat on a dry land.
"If you want to be rich, you need to develop your vision. You must be standing on the edge of time gazing into the future." – Rich Dad
W – Want it more than anything. Dreaming means believing. And to believe is something that is rooted out from the roots of motivation and self improvement.
"You are nuts and you should be proud of it. Stick with what you believe in." – Trip Hawkins
X – X Factor is what will make you different from the others. When you are motivated, you tend to put on “extras” on your life like extra time for family, extra help at work, extra care for friends, and so on.
“Dare to risk public criticism; dare to be different.” – Mary Kay Ash
Y – You are unique. No one in this world looks, acts, or talks like you. Value your life and existence, because you’re just going to spend it once.
“God didn’t have time to create a nobody, just a somebody. I believe that each of us has God given talents within us waiting to be brought to fruition. Each person is unique and special.” – Mary Kay Ash
Z – Zero in on your dreams and go for it!!!
“You have to act and act now.” – Larry Ellison
“Screw it, let’s do it.” – Richard Branson