Entrepreneurship Journey: A-Z (Part 3).
According to a survey, the majority start a business for some specific reasons such as:
To Earn a lot of money.
The flexibility of being their own boss.
The control over decision making.
To pick the team they want to work with.
To solve their own problems & others.
Know your WHY.
Listen! This is very important. Before starting your adventure, you have to know your WHY, why are you doing this? Who are you doing it all for? Is it for yourself to make you happy? Is it for your loved ones? Are you doing this to help save humanity or the society you are living in? Whatever it may be just make sure you love doing what you are about to do, because your WHY and the LOVE you have will keep you going. No matter the struggles, the failures, the pains, the obstacles, the setbacks, haters, naysayers whatever. If you have a passion for what you do, nothing will stop you.
Do what you believe is great work, not what your parents say, or your society says. Follow your heart your mind is designed to keep you safe, only your heart can take you out of your comfort zone. One last thing, whatever you are doing make sure it will benefit others, not just yourself.
Entrepreneurship is not about having a big business; entrepreneurship is about solving problems that affect yourself and others, at the same time creating opportunities.
Entrepreneurship is not about getting rich quick, it’s about how you can make life better for everyone. Focus on adding value, because value attracts capital.
Build a Great Team
Make your staffs your top Priority.
Most business owners think their clients are their top priority which is very wrong, because as the CEO you may have little or no time to interact with your clients, because you are busy taking care of the top priorities, and delegating tasks. Your staffs are the people that are responsible to take care of your clients, and you are the one responsible to take care of your staffs. Your focus is to make your staffs happy, be friendly to them, say nice words to them, and motivate them.
Your staffs spend most of their time on your business, so you have to make the working environment very friendly, and welcoming, not as hell. Let them feel at home, see them as your family, let the love flows. If you can make your staffs happy, they will make your clients happy.
The reality is if you train your staffs well, they will leave you, I mean, they got better skills now, so why not apply for that dream job, at that dream company that pays the highest salaries they ever wanted? However, if you treat your staffs well, they will have a reason to stay.
I see a lot of business owners acting super hard on their staffs (like my high school teacher did) thinking being hard on their staffs is what makes them take your business seriously. No, they will never take your business seriously, they are only going to grow to hate you, and all that tension you give them, guess who’s going to end up having it? Don’t you get it? Your staffs will act the same way towards your clients. Just like in school, some teachers tend to be hard on their students, thinking it will make their students take their schoolwork seriously, but the reality is, they will only end up hating school, and hate that teacher in particular. You can`t make people do what you want, they will if they choose to. The more you continue bossing around, acting superior the more you will push them away. The best way to make people do things is to give them a reason to, encourage them, be open up to them, have them understand what your business means to you, and how it will benefit lives. Don’t give them a reason to stay only for the paycheque, give them a reason to stay because they believe in your idea.
Many of you will say, well I am the boss, and that’s why I am paying them. No, that’s not why you are paying them. Paying them for their favour doesn`t mean you should try to control their lives. Yes, you read that right, they are doing you a favour. Honestly, the majority of your staffs have an idea of starting their own business, so if they suppress their heart burning desire, and choose to work for you, they are doing you a favour. Have you ever asked yourself why entrepreneurship is 0n the increase? Some of the reasons are because most business owners suck, they take advantage of people, try to control their lives, and the truth is, no normal human being wants that. No amount of money gives you the right to make people do what`s against their will, and if you think I am wrong let me give you a shocking reality.
God created you, he gave you everything, and you have no idea how he created everything that he gave to you. You gave him nothing in return for what he did for you, but yet he wholeheartedly gave you something you feel so superior to give to others just because you think you are the boss. Theirs’s no amount of superiority in any human being that gives them the right to hold on to the FREE WILL God gave to all of his creations. If God can give free will to every human being, after all, he did for us, who are you to deny that right to humanity?
Build a friendly relationship with your staffs.
There are times you will give your staffs some tasks to do and some of them have no idea how to go about what you have given them. They will be so scared that they can’t tell you that they don’t know how to do it, because you may shout at them or in the worst case fired them. Therefore, the best thing they could do is spend hours doing it the wrong way, and you will be up there thinking everything is fine which they are not. To avoid such, you have to build a friendly relationship with your staffs so they can walk to you whenever they have problem with the task you gave them, Make them feel comfortable talking to you, asking you for help whenever they need it. Create an atmosphere for your staffs wherein they will feel safe to talk, ask, and do things. Let them know it’s fine not to know everything and it’s fine to ask for help when they need one. Be a leader, not just a boss. Give your staffs the confidence to stand in front of you and say, Sir! You gave me a task to do and I have no idea how to go about it. That will not only make them honest with you, but it will allow you to save your company from dying, and give you the time and opportunity to look for the person that can do it better.
Lastly, when you find that someone, the best thing you can do is let them teach the staff that was unable to carry on with the task, and don`t fire them just because they were bold enough to be honest with you. Instead, encourage them to learn more, that’s what leaders do.
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