Attitude is everything. Entrepreneurs who want to see themselves at the top must take time to work on their attitude. These are examples to live by:
1. Passion: Passion is a driving force. You can get clients and partners along your idea with your passion. It is fueled by both the tangible and intangible reasons why you start any venture. In difficult times when it starts waning off, concentrate on the tangible reasons to revive it. Move along with people who will criticize you constructively and will praise you also at your little victories. Consistently affirm positively.

2. God-consciousness: Natural activities are controlled by spiritual elements. The highest of all spiritual elements is God. He is the giver of ideas and the ability to make wealth. This means that your association with him is key to your success and to a new world of possibilities and achievements.

3. People-consciousness: All the ideas that goes into the production of your product comes from the people and the product will end with the people. This is because it is them you have in mind. Entrepreneurs who are not people conscious are easily overridden by exploitation. If you are people-conscious you design products that meet their needs. When you meet their needs, your wealth is inevitable.

4. Integrity: Your integrity is as important as your business. Integrity gives life and future to your business. Keeping your promise, delivering on time, being at the meeting and abiding by high level moral standards. Companies, celebrities, and high profile leaders have always guarded their integrity due to the repercussions it has on the future of their career and business, if tainted. Clients develop relationship with companies and people they have built trust with, over time. You can’t therefore choose to down-play the power of your integrity. Don’t say Yes when you must say No, know that you have a limit so don’t choose to do all when you can’t, learn to delegate and refuse bribes.

5. Money-consciousness: Money forms part of the component that keeps a business or an idea running. At the growing or grown stage, money is inevitable. By money consciousness I mean being financially literate. Spendthrifts have not always succeeded with business. They spend their profits and capital as well. Many people have voids in their life and need to buy things to make them happy- keeping up with the Joneses. This drains wealth. Know how much you are investing into a venture at any particular time and how much revenue it will yield. This involves proper financial planning. Don’t be a victim of impulse buying and don’t jump on any idea suggested to you-you may end up throwing away lots of bucks.

6. Ability to deal with fear: Fear really sucks. No one can live without experiencing fear. Knowing this truth will enable you deal with fear. Going for loan, trying out a new idea or even dismissing a non-performing employee. All these pose challenges and the challenges instill fear into you. Know that there is always a way out and that a ‘can do’ spirit will always defeat fear. Learn to say ‘all is well”- that will calm you down when you are overwhelmed by circumstances. You need to feel the fear and do it anyway.

7. Self-motivation: One of the best and crucial things you can do for yourself is to motivate yourself. Your colleagues, families and friends and motivational speakers will not be with you forever. When you are hit by the ups and downs of your business you need to find a way of motivating yourself. You know and understand yourself better than anybody else.

8. Love for work: No lazy entrepreneur has ever survived the test of time. Laziness is an enemy of progress. It inhibits innovation and growth. I share the same view with Martin Luther King Jr, “All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance and should be undertaken with painstaking excellence”.

9. Curiosity: The environment has a lot of information for those who will listen and for the curious minds. You must seek to know what is happening in your environment and your sphere of business. Knowing what is new about your business and which new competitors are there, how you can improve and differentiate your product, or even locating a funding source. It is disturbing to come across entrepreneurs who have not read enough or enquired about their business. Read, ask questions and do your research so you can be in the know.
10. Ability to express yourself: No one can tell what you think until you say it. And nobody can explain your idea better than yourself. You need to express and explain your idea in your business plan. You need to constantly explain your idea to potential clients and partners and you need to make them buy into your idea the first time. This implies that your idea must be clear, consistently review it-especially if you are a beginner, use right dictions, aim for the heart and continue reading.

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Author and CEO of Info-Pro Africa