This post was originally published on June 27th, 2016. It was updated on July 13th, 2018.
Whether you’re just starting out or you’ve been at it for a while, there are a few things you should keep in mind if you want to find success in business.
And no, these aren’t tips about building your email list or finding your next high-paying client.
These are the secrets that every successful business owner knows. And they should be at the very core of your business as well.
5 Secrets to Finding Success in Business
No matter what kind of business you’re running, this is going to apply to you. So, what are these five secrets to finding success in business? Well, here’s what you need to know:
1. Follow Your Passion
This should come as no surprise, but the number one secret to finding success in business is having passion for what you do. That passion is going to be the driving force behind everything you do. If you don’t have passion for your work, well, it’s going to start feeling like a chore real fast.
And when that happens, you’ll dread working on your business.
What many people fail to realize before they get started is just how much hard work goes into building a business. It takes time and hard work to make something that’s actually profitable. And in the early days, you may wind up putting in a lot of extra hours to make your dream a reality. But if you aren’t passionate and you aren’t willing to put in the work, everything is going to fall apart right before your eyes.
2. Always Put in Your Best Work
Nothing is ever going to be perfect in your business. You aren’t going to get things right the first time around. Nor will everything always go to plan. Sometimes that blog post you worked so hard on won’t get the rave comments you hoped for. And you might experience a failed launch where only a couple of people (or no one) buys your offering.
What’s important is that you always put in your best work. That way, you can be proud of what you’ve been able to create. And when you’re happy with the work you’ve done, you won’t be afraid to put yourself out there and share it with the world. Do your absolute best every time and continue to learn and get better.
3. Create a Plan, But Remain Open
I’m a firm believer that having a plan is a must if you want to achieve success in business. Having a plan helps you set goals and then create a roadmap that will get you from where you are now to where you want to be. And that’s important because you want to ensure you’re staying on track and actually making progress within your business.
However, you should keep in mind that things do change. Sometimes your priorities shift. And that’s absolutely okay! You just have to be able to adapt. So, don’t fall into this trap of thinking the plan you’ve created is set in stone. You can always make adjustments along the way to make things work best for you. After all, it’s your business and you’re the one in control here.
4. Don’t Allow Yourself to Get Burnt Out
This is often easier said than done, especially since so many people glorify the “hustle.” Now, don’t get me wrong… I do believe that you have to be willing to put in some hard work to build your business. You can’t just sit back and wait for things to happen. But that doesn’t mean you need to work 24/7 and get only a couple hours of sleep a night.
You see, I changed the name of my business to “Define Your Hustle” for a reason. I wanted entrepreneurs to define what the hustle means for themselves. I believe we should be able to run our businesses in a way that’s fulfilling and works for us, not based on anyone else’s standards. And that’s what Define Your Hustle means.
But these days, it’s easy to go on social media and see tons of other people who seem to be working on their businesses all the time. And to be honest, that can sometimes make you feel guilty if you feel like you aren’t working as much as them. If those people can hustle 24/7 without getting burnt out, that’s great for them. Maybe they’re robots.
But if you’re like me, you know you need to take time off to recharge, otherwise you’ll crash and burn. While the perfect work-life balance doesn’t exist, you still need to make time for yourself. Each week, block off some time in your calendar to do something that’s going to help you relax and unwind. If you don’t, you’ll risk burning out.
5. Ask For Help When You Need It
There are a lot of stubborn business owners in the world, myself included. In the early days, I was determined to do everything by myself with no help from anyone else. I preferred to spend my time learning how to do something, as opposed to hiring someone else to do it for me. That can be a great habit to have. However, the problem is, sometimes we have to realize where our strengths lie and recognize that we aren’t cut out for certain tasks. Someone else out there can do it better and faster than we can.
If there’s something you know you aren’t great at, don’t afraid to reach out for help. Hire someone to help you get the job done so you can eliminate that stress for yourself.