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21 Feb, 2010

The Top 10 Secrets to Entrepreneurial Success

Posted by: Bev James In: Business Tips|Expert Articles|Mentor Articles|Millionaire Mentors|Tips For Success

Top 10 Secrets to Entrepreneurial Success by Steve Clarke

Steve Clarke, an EBA Millionaire Mentor, shares his top 10 secrets to entrepreneurial success.

1. Self-help. Successful entrepreneurs continually gather information, they show resourcefulness, they refuse to accept “no”, “cant” and “impossible”. Versus – waiting for others, waiting for resources, waiting on circumstances to change.

2. Superiority. Successful entrepreneurs have an air of superiority about them – not to be confused with arrogance or complacency.

3. Speed. Successful entrepreneurs have a sense of urgency, they are decisive. Many people are slowed down by the belief that things need to be in order of 1, 2, 3, and 4. This is precisely how not to get big things done. Successful entrepreneurs learn to juggle. They work fast and smart… not just fast.

4. Change. Successful entrepreneurs expect, anticipate and create change. Woolworth didn’t embrace change! Successful entrepreneurs are always thinking what’s next? What opportunities exist to…“sell to someone different”, “sell something different” or “sell differently”?

5. Intellectual curiosity. Successful entrepreneurs always want to know more and so they read the right books. They listen and they learn. They attend useful meetings and seminars; they do everything they can to gain a slight edge and competitive advantage.

6. Intolerance. Successful entrepreneurs are tough on themselves and others. They will not tolerate a negative attitude that could sabotage success.

7. Work. Contrary to popular belief successful entrepreneurs work hard to get things done. The difference is… they work on the right things. They will often do the work others refuse to do. They turn up their sleeves and get on with things where other’s turn up their nose at the task or worse – don’t turn up at all.

8. Selling. Successful entrepreneurs have learnt to become masters of sales and marketing.

9. Pragmatism. Successful entrepreneurs firmly believe that good enough is not good enough. Yet perfection is never worth the effort. They are focused on results rather than theories and principles.

10. Follow-up. Successful entrepreneurs, always follow-up and follow-through. This alone could increase your sales success by 98%!

How many of these 10 secrets to entrepreneurial success do you practice or adhere to? If you want to see your results start to sky rocket, you need to take action, it’s all down to you. Print out this post and stick it above your desk. Review them daily as your 10 commandments. Above all else – take action.

By Steve Clarke, an EBA Millionaire Mentor. If you have a question for Steve, send it to experts@the-eba.com

8 Responses to "The Top 10 Secrets to Entrepreneurial Success"

1 | Sanda Ionescu

February 23rd, 2010 at 11:42

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Great advice! I’m just writing an article on different cultural approaches towards time and what I am struck with is that successful entrepreneurs have the ability to juggle both the long-term and short-term perspectives (plan for the future but also the immediate next steps). They seem able to focus on the most important few things and do them well and in sequence (the monochronic approach to time according to Edward Hall), yet also handle multiple simultaneous commitments (be polychronic). So perhaps we should say that good entrepreneurs are not limited by their cultures or beliefs, but have a ‘pick and mix’ approach, i.e. will use anything that works and keeps their business running successfully.

2 | David Kirrage

March 1st, 2010 at 01:01

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fine wise words. if you can practice and perfect those 10 tips then you can only succeed. Persistance is also key. persist in your own schedules, taking the knocks and getting on with your goals. Sell yourself to your clients and be passionate about what you do and what you have to offer.
Belief in yourself and what you offer is the key to personal and commercial success.
But be prepared to embrace change,

3 | Arjumand Sheikh

March 3rd, 2010 at 16:57

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Thank you for your wisdom. The sectres are encouraging and motivating……

My aim is to practice and master all 10 secrets as soon as possible.
After all, its a matter of achieving YOUR goals and YOUR success….no one else’s!

4 | anon

March 5th, 2010 at 12:31

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i Think in people are masters of overcomplecating projects, at the end of the the day business is money trading hands and if your good at ‘business’ it’s trading into your hands, sucsess is getting up once more than youve fallen down and i think to keep your head clear of jeramiahs and inactive brain activity is a key

5 | Skott Bentley

March 21st, 2010 at 16:03

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I have been in business over 7 years and i still don’t practice a few of those! great advice steve and thanks. It seems blindingly obvious now but yes the “follow up” may covert 98% is definatley true! I have now printed them out.

6 | Adeel

April 3rd, 2010 at 13:40

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Absolutely fantastic !!!!! Agree on all of them and may be some more as well.

Entrepreneurs is the mechanics to set of behaviours, concrete passion, brilliant exposure of commercialisation and profound strength of being good learner.

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8 | Wendy Ager

December 28th, 2010 at 13:12

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What an inspiring post. I wouldn’t have classed myself as an entrepreneur and it makes me feel entrepreneurial as I’m hot on all these things!

I want to share them with others, who are starting and running their own small businesses so they can learn to grow themselves and their businesses too.

Thanks so much for sharing this post, it has motivated me to do even more!

Wendy Ager

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