If you ask five different entrepreneurs their secrets of success, you’ll get five different answers–but all would be worth hearing. Learning from those who have gone before you should be on every small business owner’s “to-do” list. If you don’t have a mentor yet, make an appointment at your local Orange County SCORE office and get free expert advice.
Here are 75 Secrets of Success from the World’s Most Successful People, from Bill Gates to Tony Blair.
These principles of very successful business leaders have enabled them to achieve their highest career goals. Implement these into your life and you will see an improvement in your career.
1. Tackle your toughest task first thing in the morning. Instead of dreading the most difficult task you need to do, try working on this task when you arrive at the office in the morning. This will take the pressure off the rest of your day, making smaller tasks seem easier and more pleasurable to complete.
2. Learn from your failures. “It’s fine to celebrate success but it is more important to heed the lessons of failure.” –Bill Gates. The best way to learn is to try, and sometimes when you try you fail. This is not necessarily a bad thing and you should not be afraid to try just because you might fail. In fact, learning from your failures is the best way to improve your work.
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