Here are a few realistic points about being a successful entrepreneur. There may be exceptions, but by and large, these are tips that most highly successful entrepreneurs have followed or demonstrated.
Work a lot
Let’s do some simple math. Assuming that work output remains fairly constant, a person who can work 80 hours a week will do in 6 months what it takes another person to do in one year. While there is nothing glamorous about this statement, it is a simple truth, but can only be done if you follow the next tip.
Manage your energy
In order to work long weeks, you need to know how to take care of your body and mind. Whether it is a certain amount of sleep, a specific diet, a ritual that helps you stay centred or something else, you have to know how to maintain your energy levels, otherwise, you will not be able to put in the long hours.
Do something that you want to do all day anyways
One of the most effective ways to manage your energy is by spending time doing something you would want to do all the time anyway. And this is one of the pros of being an entrepreneur, you get to choose what your enterprise is.
Relationships are everything
If you know what you can spend all of your time doing you will get good at it, but to make it in business it is all about who you have standing on your side. Fortunately, being super interested in something makes it easy to meet other people who are also interested in the same thing. Just be sure to also form relationships with people with different passions and skills. And when you “network,” don’t go to make a contact, that usually does not work. Go to make a new friend.
What it’s all about
Always remember the sole reason that all businesses exist is to provide a great product or service. As you move along your entrepreneurial journey don’t forget that the customer is who you are doing this for. If you can delight them with your offering, you stand a good chance at avoiding being a startup crash statistic.
As you can see, there is synergy among these tips. Doing what you like spending time doing will give you the energy to put in long workweeks and connect you with people who have similar interests, and the more time you spend working on something, the better it likely will be.