David Gilmour, one of the world’s biggest entrepreneurs, shares his secrets to become successful in business and entrepreneurship in this short interview.
The success stories of most entrepreneurs have lessons that one could apply in real life. If it made a business earn millions in profit, it should render priceless success for your own life as well. Here are three entrepreneur learnings that could make life worth living.
- The Customer is Not Always Right
Human dignity is not a price to pay for money. You, as a person, have the right to refuse any person the right to buy items or get services from your business. The customer is not always right; no person has a right to tread on you, even if you are providing services and raising your brand. No business could please every person or customer they have.
- Time is Gold
Life is too short for you to hate your work and love your life. Making yourself love your work is impossible, so it is important to find work that you love. Jump around jobs and do not let yourself be abused by rough and tough employers; find something you know how to do best and find people who could fill in other essential areas that you are not good at.
- There Will Always be Someone Smarter
Regardless of how intelligent you might think yourself as, acknowledging that people smarter than you exist in real life helps in lowering your pride and accepting them to work for your business. This also helps you recognise that co-existence is important in building something and that patience is crucial.
No one may know their own selves completely, but remaining honest to yourself will make you a person that is certain of their actions, strengths and weaknesses. The world lacks individuals who can remain true to themselves. Instead of exposing the negative aspects of their lives to themselves, they systematically deny their weaknesses, which make them dishonest with themselves. They also force themselves to live up to expectations that would be virtually impossible if they do not give it enough attention.
Being honest is not always telling the truth, rather, it is acknowledging and accepting the fact that you can lie. When you lie, you know that you do it for a reason and you also accept these reasons as an extension of yourself. These reasons are usually attached to your objective at that time, possibly due to practicality, or the necessity that your image is positive to get what you want.
In other words, to be honest to one’s self is to recognise the good and evil inside of you, and acknowledge these two things as facts that exist inside of you. Regardless how morals and values dictate one’s value as a person, no one can perfectly follow one’s values without accepting their body’s limitations.
Remember the mind can dream up many things, but the body performs. A compromise in the middle will always make the best of things for both sides.
Fear is the enemy of any entrepreneur, or dreamer for that matter. One’s priorities in life are dictated by his or her experiences. The word “ambitious” came into fruition because people have found a balance between reality and dreams, and an ambition is something that can be absurd, but is truly possible, if one exerts an effort. A person becomes cynical when all their efforts have been done, but instead, they ended up with failure.
Cynicism prevents people from seeing a bigger picture that humans are cursed or graced with the capability of dreams and passion. Cynicism helps people become wary of situations dangerous to themselves and minimise risks. In today’s corporate world, cynicism helps because it uses mathematical data to prove that a product could fail in the third quarter, or that a procedure done before that failed, could never change its results.
However, the human’s dreaming capabilities are manifested in movies, which majority label as impossible or unlikely to happen at present. But in reality, these movies, book stories, comics and other forms of media could likely materialise, if they were not meant to be just for profit.
Cynicism breeds a need for security, hence disillusion, or the passion to live the torment because it is real. People turn selfish because of this, and they abandon their dreams behind. Anything impossible or absurd as an idea is immediately labelled as ambitious, preventing the dreamer, and other persons to try.
Never fail to dream, because being human is to have dreams, goals and aspirations. Avoid having cynicism and the reality of the situation only grip you in the past failures you had. You have all the time in the world to fall down, and stand back up, however long it takes until you reach your goal.
Entrepreneurship is becoming the key to raise personal finances, and many start-ups are taking advantage of the technology available to create their businesses. But sometimes, starting entrepreneurs may get things way above their heads. Here are some common mistakes entrepreneurs make. Avoiding them is imperative.
1. Financial Records
Financial records are very important if you plan to take out financing for your business. Entrepreneurs, overwhelmed by their profits more than their organisation, often forget about making their financial records accurate. Taking time to dissect financial records and cash flow every single day is a must.
2. Measuring Business Insights Properly
You are still starting, and your business is probably still at its first month to its fourth month. Some entrepreneurs take their teams, discuss the yearly budget, and base their forecasts on information that has not lasted for more than 10 months. Skipping this, and using market trends and research to measure business forecasts, is more feasible at this stage.
Not getting an accounting professional means the business is missing out on tax reductions and may have possible accounting inconsistencies. Without a professional accountant, businesses do not realize their financial standing with banks and other lenders, whom they will heavily depend upon.
Business incorporation is important because of taxes. An accountant can brief you on which incorporation will best suit your company, especially in terms of reducing expenses.
Working on a career is crucial if you want to strike it rich and live a life of financial freedom. To become a millionaire, you must earn it through hard work, a great mind set and the improvement of your personal capabilities. Here are a few things to put your mind and soul to the task.
Poverty is the result of a shortage of people who think correctly about money. End the thinking of poverty and that money is not circulating enough in the world. Thinking that you must not waste anything, or think about people who have not the privilege you have.
2. Your Personal Worth
You are not worth less than the money you earn. You are worth more than the money you earn, and the money you will be gaining. It is important to consider yourself highly important and valuable, but you will have to earn this personal worth of yours.
Rich people do not spend money, they invest money on valuable things. Spending is paying for something not worth the product or service. With wise decisions, finding valuable items, products and deals, will make you grow rich in no time.
4. Contribute To Your Potential
Raise expectations from yourself and contribute consistent to your potential as a person. Driving yourself to improve will not only reflect in the amount of money you earn, but will also form your discipline and capability in the process.
According to the Financial Ombudsman Chief Tony Boorman, the 190,000 in the second half of 2013 was a great improvement compared to the over 260,000 payment protection insurance complaints received by the Ombudsman in early 2014. However, Boorman said that the numbers are still “depressingly high.”
FSCS Chief Executive Mark Neale said that PPI still has not reached its peak and it may take a few years until it does. Neale said that the FSCS, which also handles recompensing consumers mis sold PPI and addressing other troubles concerning financial products, had increased the number of PPI complaints it receives by 21%.
PPI or payment protection insurance helps consumers repay loans, mortgages and credit cards in case they get sick, have an accident or get unemployed. An average PPI costs £2750.
Citizens Advice condemns that claims management companies had pocketed £5 billion from persuading consumers to have them reclaim their refunds under a no win no fee* basis. Their research indicated that some claims handlers do not make clear the fee structure of their service. However, reputable claims management companies, such as Payment Protection Insurance Claims Co, said that all MOJ-regulated companies follow the contingency fee arrangement.
The MOJ had recently laid off 200 rogue claims management companies suspected of cold-calling and unsolicited text message sending.
At 50, I can say that I’m still looking forward for the changes the remaining 10 years can bring me in my career. But along the way, I’ve been battling countless hours of lacking sleep, abusive and sometimes troublesome superiors and impossible, herculean tasks.
Yet here I am. I’ve made myself a senior officer of this company. One of the things that kept me going was that I was supposed to be fair to other people.
Fairness means knowing when to get something for yourself and to stop being too greedy for yourself. When you become fair, you recognize that not every competition needs to be won. In particular, you understand that every person has a chance to gain success out of an opportunity.
In the corporate world, choosing your own battles vmight seem impossible, but for me, it meant that I should know the responsibilities I have at work and how I could fulfil them. To be fair to yourself, avoid adding more responsibilities that another person should have fulfilled. To be fair to others, pull your own weight.
Choosing your battles also means avoiding manipulation by other people to do their own bidding, and stopping yourself from manipulating others to what you want as well. Manipulation serves a fake and dishonest result, which can only hurt people and even your career. Always get your As in the best way possible; through your own efforts.
Only concern yourself with the responsibilities you need, not those that you want. That is the secret to reaching 50 on a normal job, but one that you can perform with passion and excellence.
One thing most people tend to forget is that they have a choice to become who they are and what they need to do. Some people continue to develop their careers and actually get good at it. Professionals normally disregard anything for the sake of their personal achievement and sense of accomplishment. However, sometimes taking a break is important.
A person could get so lost in everything they are doing but they are on their way to their objective. Despite their accomplishments, they still continue to push their passions into their job. However, at one point, any person can burn out and lose perspective during their long breaks.
Think of it as the regular rest phases in a physical exercise. When you continuously do the routines, you will feel tired, but you will feel stronger when you accomplish them. Then the trainers introduce breaks to ensure your body and muscles recover. If you do not take breaks, you could introduce muscle atrophy or even injure yourself.
With regular rests, you enhance your capability to solidify the vision of your objective in your head. Working continuously, you might lose sight of the prize.
You could compare breaks as small adjustments to ensure that you are still going the right path. Driving without looking where you are headed is a disaster, so take a break and put things in perspective before you proceed into another day of pushing.
We’ve heard of many industry leaders today such as Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, Mark Zuckerberg and others who had begun their careers doing the things they were passionate about in high school or college. It was during this time they saw the potential of their personal projects and their world-changing capabilities. Most of them were also school dropouts in pursuing their dreams.
I’ve seen many websites and internet jokes or memes talking about the trend of dropouts and successful people in the industry. Mind you, even if these people were dropouts, they knew what they wanted. You finish college because you want companies to hire you because of your specific skillset expertise and school performance. These people proved their intelligence by proving their ideas can be successful in a realistic market.
I believe that we could only get ideas only if someone planted the ideas in our heads, or at least we are very observant with our surroundings. Google’s founders saw that the early internet websites were very scattered and disorganized, limiting traffic to only a few friends or related websites. They became pioneers in search engine technologies, which are now popular with many businesses. Google’s founders found the idea through observing the surroundings.
Research, definition, organisation and discipline are the key things we learn from school, not the complicated mathematics and logic of everything thrown at us. Art also gave us some consciousness with society and our surroundings. These four things make education still a valuable part of being successful in any industry and career your pursue because they can engage your imagination and turn them into reality.