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Secrets Every Successful Business Owner Must Learn

In life, “success” has many definitions and, as a result, a wide range of means by which to achieve it.
Some may define success as making a great deal of money. Others define success as being surrounded by
loving friends and family. Still others may see success as achieving education and securing a dream job.
In business, the definition of success is slightly more quantifiable. Success in business is usually viewed as,
creating something of value, making ends meet, running your company at a profit,
and providing income for yourself and your employees, thereby improving the lives of others.
To be successful, it is usually necessary for people to fight beliefs about how to achieve
it which limit our potential. These beliefs are often deeply rooted in our educational system,
our faith or religious values, cultural norms by which we find ourselves restrained,
and even the thoughts and opinions of our own family.

If anyone is to achieve success by any definition, especially in business,
there are some secrets that business owners must learn,
and many of these ideas will you push against the boundaries of their commonly held beliefs.
Knowledge is important, but it is not everything, and it is not absolute.
Anyone who wants to be successful must be knowledgeable, but more importantly,
they must be willing to challenge that knowledge.
Knowledge is not as static and predetermined as we may believe,
and those who cling to current knowledge as if it were an absolute truth miss the clarity,
provided by considering options. Believing that there is only one right answer to any given
question can be the seed of failure that is planted in the otherwise fertile soil of the mind, specifically
the power of the mind that generates possibilities.

People who are innovative are divergent thinkers. They reinterpret the reality of truth by considering an
idea from all vantage points. An easy way to do this is to turn a conventional idea on its head by asking
yourself what would something be or look like if it were not the way that it (supposedly) is.
While looking to books or resources that explain ways in which success was achieved or a problem solved
can be useful, one should never dismiss uncharted territory or refuse to consider alternatives to traditional
ways of doing things. Challenging conventional wisdom and going against the flow of popular opinion on the
way things should be if often the only way to move forward. One can change the world by asking the question,
“What if?”
Solving one problem well can be the impetus for overall success.
Solving one problem is better than solving none, and, in fact, could lead to solving them all.
Sometimes a state of affairs, especially in business, can become so difficult that all we can see are problems
everywhere. People can become paralyzed by their fear of making more mistakes or choosing the
wrong solution to a problem. When this problem arises, it is best to look at one problem in isolation and
work to solve it, without becoming distracted by all the other balls we are attempting to juggle.
It is often true that resolving a single conflict can, by extension,
solve many of the others based on systemic connections and solution outcomes.

Our weaknesses can also be our greatest strengths. Stevie Wonder once stated,
“Just because a man lacks the use of his eyes doesn’t mean he lacks vision.” Inability or disability never
excludes one from achievement or attainment of success. In truth, human weaknesses are the seeds of
our greatest strengths. Sometimes the very thing we are lacking provides us with
opportunities to explore the strengthening effects of fighting and then working in concert with,
a weakness. Not having wings but desiring to fly led humans to explore a myriad of inventions
that eventually resulted in heavier than air flight once believed to be impossible.

Recognizing our weaknesses and working with them means that we find ourselves in tune with our own needs,
more likely to surround ourselves with individuals who help us compensate for our weakness,
and explore an endless range of possibilities.
The opposite side of this coin is that unrestrained strengths often become weaknesses.
Confidence, for example, once amplified can become arrogance.
Arrogance results in weakness as the person descends into the belief that he does not need the
assistance or advice of others. The greatest human strengths flourish in the soil of weakness.

What are some secrets you believe will lead to successful business operations? Feel free to share here.

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