I have chosen this “T” because it is multi-faceted like Business Owners and Leaders have to be to succeed.
So, as we get into a new week, this week’s thought is all about ….
T for Taking Action and Initiative, and
T for Training and Development
You know that successful people get things done, otherwise, they wouldn’t be very successful …
When taking action, often the first step is the hardest one. This is when fear, doubt and worry can take over. Even despite all your preparation up to this point, those voices still silently ask, “What if it doesn’t work?”
Take heart – you are not alone.
The most successful people who have gone before you felt the very same doubts, worries and fears. But despite their uncertainties, they still took action.
So, no matter what, just get started and don’t wait for the “perfect” time as there is no perfect time!
Make your first steps small so that you can get into the habit of action, get some successes under your belt, and build your “action taking muscle.”
Out of all of the A to Z’s of Success, there is no principle more critical to your success than the principle of TAKING ACTION.
Calvin Coolidge said it best when he said …
“Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence.
Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent.
Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb.
Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts.
Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.”
To be successful in life, we don’t have to be the smartest, most educated or talented, we just need to take action, and act with determination and an expectation to succeed.
You have everything you need at your disposal to be successful right now. Don’t delay another minute. You KNOW that success is MORE about taking action and LESS about having the best education, skills, smarts, money or looks.
“I had to make my own living and my own opportunity! But I made it! Don’t sit down and wait for the opportunities to come. Get up and make them!”
-Madam C.J. Walker-
(Creator of beauty products and the first female self-made millionaire)
“The critical ingredient is getting off your butt and doing something. It’s as simple as that. A lot of people have ideas, but there are few who decide to do something about them now. Not tomorrow. Not next week. But today. The true entrepreneur is a doer, not a dreamer.”
-Nolan Bushnell, founder of Atari & Chuck E. Cheese-
“The key is to just get on the bike, and the key to getting on the bike …
is to stop thinking about ‘there are a bunch of reasons I might fall off’
and just hop on and peddle the damned thing. You can pick up a map,
a tyre pump, and better footwear along the way.”
-Dick Costolo, founder of Feedburner.com-
“The important thing is not being afraid to take a chance.
Remember, the greatest failure is to not try.”
-Debbi Fields, founder of Mrs. Fields Cookies-
The thing is, how we learned at school is so different to how we learn out here in the real world right?
Business Owners and Leaders all have to think entrepreneurially …
Entrepreneurial education and training provides individuals with the ability to recognise commercial opportunities, self-esteem, knowledge and skills to act on them and to commercialise a concept, manage resources, and initiate a business venture.
The Challenges of the Global Economy …
Discoveries and inventions, revolutions and social movements have been the triggers of progress throughout history. Mankind has to face new challenges in the 21st century such as …
- the rapid pace of innovation
- the fast spread of technology and its high-speed adoption in our lives.
These factors and many others are changing not only how businesses and economies are functioning, but also the job market landscape.
The knowledge and skills required by the present and future jobs are changing and consequently the education system at all levels has to respond and adapt to the new challenges.
Did you know that up to 85 percent of the jobs that today’s college students will have in 11 years haven’t been invented yet?
That’s according to a panel of experts assembled by the Institute for the Future, although an exact percentage is impossible to predict.
Business owners and leaders have to take action and initiative to help them grow.
But one size does not fit all.
Policymakers can achieve greater impact by better targeting their training interventions. If you want to help micro and small businesses survive, grow and create employment, building their marketing skills may be a good place to start
Roughly 2 billion people in the world live on $2 a day or less.
Of these, 50% are estimated to be micro entrepreneurs, running a small business to make ends meet but employing only a handful of people. If just a small proportion of these entrepreneurs were encouraged to grow and invest in their business, and hire more employees, it could transform the fortunes of developing economies, and billions of people living in poverty.
On that note, I am privileged to work with the Focus Youth Forum in Uganda who are training young people to become entrepreneurs. They have 85% unemployment in Uganda and I am truly moved and inspired to see what they are achieving through Taking Action, Initiative and Training.
I hope you have enjoyed this “Thought for the Week” and it has sparked some creativity for you!
And if you haven’t already, remember that I would love to help you to explore you own hopes, dreams and challenges and create a roadmap to success with you. You can book your Free Clarity Session
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And this week on June 24th and 25th I am co-hosting a Virtual Conference all about Social Enterprise Success with a focus on Africa. It FREE TO ATTEND and you can reserve your place via one of these links:
I will be speaking on Thursday June 24th about “What is Your Purpose and Big Why?” and would love to see you there!
Have a great week!
Very best wishes for your success.
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