“Working hard becomes a habit, a serious kind of fun. You get self-satisfaction from pushing your self to the limit, knowing that all the effort is going to pay off.” – Mary Lou Retton
… now, who are you working with?
We now live in a world where many of us are motivated to follow our dreams, where opportunities are limitless and everything is possible because of the power of the internet. At the click of a mouse … and boom! you're in business.
Eyes wide open
Whether starting a blog, publishing a book, signing up in network marketing, starting a non-profit organization, etc, remember that the odds of "pulling it off" successfully long-term are really against the average person. Statistics show that 97% will not achieve major success as entrepreneurs.
This may be contrary to promises made to us along the lines of "all you have to do is just start, and watch your empire grow", or glamorous success stories of high achievers such as the Steve Jobs, Oprahs, Lebron James, and more. While we can do it too, such success requires many years of hard work and sacrifice to achieve.
Success stories are important because they inspire us to embrace endless possibilities, but let's always remember to keep our feet on the ground and go in with eyes wide open. What I mean is, as entrepreneurs, we should be prepared to do THE WORK, recognising that it will not be easy, while also believing that we can do this!
Create a winning team
There is an African proverb which states, "If you want to go fast go alone, if you want to go far go together." … and in order to go far, invite persons with the stamina to go all the way. You will need to create a winning core team.
At the heart of growing a successful business is working with individuals who understand the importance of the project and are able to commit to it. This snowballs into attracting more like-minded leaders along the way.
Experience teaches that one cannot build a house on shifting sands … i.e. with core team members who are half-in, half-out, driven by personal motives that are not in-line with the goals of the group, or who are unwilling/unable to make necessary sacrifices.
Organizations grow because they are led by individuals who themselves understand that success does not happen overnight, it requires hard work with each member doing their part.
A leader learns through experience that the work ethic must match the dream, i.e. the greater the challenge in the task, the more we are called to expand our abilities and capabilities. So don't quit, grow.
Are you a leader at the helm of an important project? Attract winners to your inner circle. Start by focusing on creating a core team of champions who expect only the best from themselves and from each other, so that everyone wins and the hard-work pays off.
Putting together a winning team is the foundation. It is not going to be easy, but it's an aspect of the business plan a leader SHOULD NOT compromise on, regardless of how long it takes to find the right people. Progress will largely depend on the core group, those driving progress. They should be able to handle and stay with the process as momentum grows.
Individual core team members should personally hold themselves accountable and understand that excuses do not get the work done.
This morning, I was very much inspired by Paula White's words in the video posted here on Blog Face2Face last week. She says, "There is a point where a person has to grow up and you don't do all the work for them … there's a place where everybody's got to step up. It might not be equal giving, but it will be equal sacrifice. We will possess the promised land because everybody does their part and there will not be anyone that is serving God or possessing the land out of convenience."
In other words, winning team members who go on to possess the land (i.e. become successful) will have to step up and will not expect others to do all the hard work. There is no babysitting in the circle of champions, neither should we expect success without sacrifice.
The vision of a company only comes alive when it brings together a team of winners strong enough to build it. Focus on the positive and connect with like minded partners. Always remember that iron sharpens iron … successful people will help you become more successful. The bible says in Proverbs 27:17: "As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another."
Cheers to your success.