Every successful entrepreneur today started from somewhere and his or her business has also gone through transition from the scratch to where it is now. During this transition period, the entrepreneurs had his ups and downs and made some mistakes which he also learnt from that propelled him to the height he is today.
As an aspiring entrepreneur or a starting entrepreneur, you need to study the experiences of these successful entrepreneurs to be able to surmount to a large extent what slacked their progress at first.
To have a mentor or forerunner is a good step to avoid a repeated error in your own journey.
If you wish to avoid making drastic mistakes and having setbacks in your journey as an entrepreneur then read on as I give you more hint on how to learn from the mistakes of successful entrepreneurs.
Some key points to consider are:
Make a Research on your Proposed Business
Making a mistake in a business is something that is evitable but to lessen the number and height of the mistake you will make in the business as a starter, you will need to make a proper research into the line of business and also understudy the entrepreneurs already in the business.
Find out all that you need to know about it in order to strive and succeed. If you have knowledge of how the business runs, the season, challenges, etc, that will guide you. Don’t start a business based on assumptions.
Start a Business Considering your Passion
One thing that does lead to the failure of most business is lack of passion. This is one mistake some successful entrepreneurs made at first when they started. A passion driven business will stand test of time and no matter the mistake, you will find strength to hold on and burst your fear and win.
If you start a business on your passion, you will be willing to improve, strive to be outstanding and no matter how big your fall, as an entrepreneur, you will sure rise and keep on with the business. Don’t stay in what you don’t like because of the immediate income flow, rather push your passion up.
Don’t do it all Alone
To learn from successful entrepreneurs, you have to embrace the fact that you can’t do it alone and accept your failures. See mistakes and failures as a friend to building your business into a highly appreciated brand. You don’t count yourself successful when you push your failures and weaknesses away.
Accept them and above all, seek for help from someone more knowledgeable in that area. For instance, if you are into media, and with no knowledge of finance, why struggle and keep making blunders? Partner with someone that it is his specialty to help you out.
Act Swiftly but Wisely
As an entrepreneur, you should know that the successful entrepreneurs today made mistakes of acting without thinking and most procrastinated and it cost them a lot. Many lost golden opportunity while taking a decade to reason over an idea or analysis a situation.
Don’t be like that. I will advice you think deep over anything thing but act swiftly to grab opportunity and abate costly mistakes. If an employee is not performing, find out what could be the cause and don’t be quick to fire.
The fellow may be working so hard in an area he isn’t vastly experienced in but a change to another sector or office could be a great help and yield increase to the company.
Have a Simple Solution
As an entrepreneur, you may know how to do many things and be good at a few but it will be safe to concentrate your energy in providing a simple solution at a time and be an expert in that. This is better seen in your simple mission statement.
Don’t also go handling plenty projects same time. Take them bit by bit. Just take as little as you can handle and deliver excellence. Whatever you want to do as an entrepreneur will be effectively executed if focus is applied. Your result will therefore stand and boost your credibility.
Failure is Normal
Making mistakes or failing in a particular venture is normal as an entrepreneur. Many of us have held the belief that it is bad to fail and failure is the end and a show that you won’t succeed in a particular line of business, against the belief, I think failure should be a welcomed development.
The important thing is to be able to understand and learn the lesson in the failure so as not to repeat same mistake another time. The more failures and more trials to get it right, the more better you become and fully aware of a way not to fail but win in that.
Don’t be scared of failing but be scared of not failing at all. I said that to mean that , if there is no challenge and prompted idea as a solution, there won’t be success stories and wins, neither will there be experience and need to be ascribe expert in that field.
Having said these, I believe that mistakes helps an entrepreneur in his journey of being a successful entrepreneur only if he will not be afraid of making one, learning from them, be open to seek for help, being patient, not letting others opinion to form you and more.