When many business professionals decide that corporate life is no longer a benefit to them, they often plan to go to work for themselves. Here in Atlanta, there are many small business and solo professional networks that support start-ups and business people seeking different directions.
Entrepreneurship is never easy. From a Dale Carnegie prospectus, it takes core principles to succeed. These values are often as individualized as the people themselves, specific to the type of business or organization that is created. In a recent poll, small business owners were asked just want is needed for success as new careers and businesses get started. Knowing it was for this Dale Carnegie Training article, here are their interesting responses:
The 12 ingredients for entrepreneurial excellence:
- Organization: Having a plan is essential. Make sure everything is definable and measureable to track both opportunity and achievement.
- Passion: Desire means everything. Success often comes when passion is tied to making a living.
- Diligence: It takes time. Much like a 401k, growth can take a while. Patience is a key partner.
- Honesty: Truth is often the easiest ingredient to manage. It never changes and always stays the same.
- Genuineness: Be yourself. People like that.
- Resiliency: In the early “tough time” stages of a business or solo career, it can often take the ability to bounce back and move forward when the challenges are at their roughest.
- Perseverance: Steady we all go into the unknown of opportunity. Just keep going.
- Integrity: Much like honesty, this interpersonal ingredient makes a huge difference when building a client base.
- Risk taker: Keep taking chances and never look back.
- Vision: The ability to see the big picture as it grows keeps things in focus and egos in check.
- Interpersonal skills: The ability to communicate with anyone and everyone is essential.
- Creativity: When plans go awry, shift gears and head in another direction until the goal or objective is completed.
As we look at the challenges of going out and building a new career or business here in Atlanta, it is important to note that we never do it by ourselves. Only through the support and help of others, from mentors to clients, can we indeed grow in success.
Mr. Dale Carnegie used the theme of friends and influence to grow from a small business owner to a global organizational CEO who helped build success for others. The common sense ingredients discussed here will certainly give any professional the foundation to prosper and achieve. Hard work will make it happen. Count on the people around you.
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