5 of the Best Pieces of Advice I Ever Read From Successful Entrepreneurs
In just a few days 2013 will come to an end. I'm excited to see what 2014 will bring however there is of course that twing(is that even a word?) of nervousness. 2014 marks my 3rd year in business. On one hand I am proud of the fact that I made it this far without really any help. I have had a couple people volunteer time, maybe some insight on things but for the most part I have been solo. One thing I try really hard at is not looking at others successes as my failures. Meaning, every time I read about some up and coming small business owner who has "hit it big" I try not to constantly think " what am I doing wrong?" The fact is I don't think I am actually doing anything wrong per say, but I don't know what I don't know right?
Here are my goals for 2014. I'm putting them out there because I am one of those people that believes if you put it all out there, the universe, the good juju, whatever you want to call it, will make it happen.
3. Sell to 80 maternity or mastectomy boutiques in the US
4. Triple my sales
5. not starve
I have read a lot over the past few years about successful and not so successful business leaders, entrepreneurs, advisors and Investors. As I have said in past posts, when I feel defeated or not know where or who to turn to I like to read about others who have walked in my shoes...and survived. Here are just a few of the best pieces of advice I have read.
1. "Only have enough cash on hand to barely survive; never so much that you are comfortable. It's important to stay scared in the beginning. While I prefer to describe that feeling as staying hungry rather than scared, she says. "I have found this hunger to be an incredibly important motivator during my entire career. Being comfortable is the enemy. Staying hungry forces you to push yourself to continue to survive, grow, and evolve."- Sara Rotman, CEO of MODCo
2. "Do the work. Out-work. Out-think. Out-sell your expectations. There are no shortcuts."- Mark Cuban Owner of Dallas Mavericks
3.You’re the average of the five people you associate with the most," -Tim Ferris, Author of The 4-Hour Workweek
4."It took me a long time to understand it, but it's ok to ask for help and that I don't know it all. People love to help. I don't have to be insecure and know it all." - Chip Wilson, Founder of Lululemon
5.'We all only have 24 hours a day. It's what we choose to do with that time that defines us,"- David Lai ,CEO of Hello Design
My own piece of advice kind of goes along with what Chip Wilson said. I think it is crucial when starting a business that you ask for help. There is no way you, the entrepreneur can know everything. I also have noticed that the bigger or more successful someone is, the more they are willing to help you" Thats my two cents. Good night friends.