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Looking for Success? Don't Do This!

Thursday, February 12, 2015

by Kelly Weaver, Small Business Development Center Regional Director


While there are many steps one can take to be successful in business, we can also get in our own way by not paying attention to certain unhelpful habits.  Below is a discussion of things that will NOT bring you success in operating a business and life in general.


Poor Me Attitudes - Being jealous, dwelling on past mistakes and making excuses are things that take energy away from pursuing your success.  Use the success of others as a motivator for yourself.  Their success doesn’t have to take away from yours.    Don’t make excuses about mistakes but rather use them as an opportunity for improvement.  Own what went wrong and figure out what needs to change so it does not happen again.   


Being a Know-it-All – While entrepreneurs are seen as bold individuals with a unique view of the world, successful ones often have a team around them.  If you rely solely on your own intellect, you will have a limited view of your business/product/services.  You will miss the important 360 degree viewpoint which can reveal both deficiencies and opportunities.   Keep learning new information and skills, avoid negative people and be open to making changes and adjustments from your initial plan as you learn more about your business and your customers.


Be all Blow and No Go - You must do more than just verbalize your ideas, you must be able to make plans and execute them.  Don’t let the fear of failure keep you from taking that first step. If it doesn’t work out the first time, pick yourself up and take another run at it, implementing your new found ‘experience’.    Rarely does anyone get it right the first time.  If you look closely, most successful business people have experienced their share of failures which in many ways becomes the foundation for their success.


Put Your Focus on the Money – While a business needs to make money to stick around and you need to understand the financial functions of your business that is not where your focus should be.  If you focus on providing a product or service that meets the needs of your customers and sets your business apart, money and success will follow. 


There is rarely only one right way to attack an opportunity.  While you cannot control what happens in the world, you can control how you react it.  Don’t let outside forces keep you from getting back up when things don’t go your way.  If you can avoid these pitfalls, you can be well on your way to finding your path to success. 


Kelly Weaver is the Regional Director of the Small Business Development Center in Aberdeen which offers free, confidential business consulting to start up and existing businesses.  She can be reached at (605) 626-2565 or  The Center is hosted by GROW South Dakota (also known as Northeast South Dakota Community Action Program).

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