Keys to Entrepreneurial Success

I ran across a great article recently … great in all respects except it’s title. The title is actually a question that was posed on Quora, the Q&A website. The question was “What is the most effective yet efficient way to get rich?” The answer was, in my humble opinion, outstanding. I just wish the question had been “What is the most effective yet efficient was to be succcessful at whatever is important to you?” I think the answer would have been basically the same, and wouldn’t have sounded quite so shallow or limited in scope.

Highlights of the advice given were:

  1. Networking is an extremely valuable skill, especially in today’s “find anything, anywhere” world.   Having personal relationships with the people you work, play and live with are extremely important.
  2. People skills are essential if you’re going to achieve item #1 above (networking).    See Dale Carnegie’s “How to Win Friends and Influence People.”
  3. Learn, learn, learn.   The days of attending 12 years of school, 4 years of college and then never opening a book are gone, at least if you want to make your mark in the world.   Today’s successful person is continually learning, and reading books is the first place to start.   I know, everything is on the web, but the quality of material in a best selling book is generally far superior to a random blog post or editorial.
  4. Work hard.   Work ethic is the one thing that anyone can excel at if they choose to, and it’s such a huge differentiator.   Rarely do people get fired from jobs when they bring a great attitude and a great work ethic.  Those people generally end up running the business.

I’ll let you read the rest of the article for yourself, it’s well worth the time.   Enjoy!

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