10 phrases that distinguish a successful entrepreneur
Grow Your Business, Not Your Inbox
The biggest problem for an entrepreneur is not raising investment, growing his business, or avoiding being destroyed by the economy and competition. The real difficulty entrepreneurs face is their own mindset.
Today we have overwhelming access to knowledge, we know a lot about everything, but not enough to be experts in anything. We lack the right words.
The best words in the best order . The right words in your favorite song, in a poem, spoken by the person you love and with the right color when articulated, carry a deep and comprehensive meaning in very few characters.
If you communicate an idea in a way that stays in people's minds, change will happen, and then you can change the world. Words are stones that build a path to our destiny. From misunderstanding to overcoming indifference, words shape the way we think, what we know, and who we become.
But the right words can change your life and your story. Here are the words that have changed mine.
1. "Life is not about you," Rick Warren
It has helped me to be more humble and understand that my life is part of a bigger plan than mine. Usually we read the opposite: “you are the owner of your own destiny”, “you are the protagonist of your life”, “you are in control”.
Life is about being able to contribute something that I can give to others, being part of something bigger than myself, than my plans, than even my own ability.
Even if you can invent the greatest thing, or give freedom to all the slaves of the world or solve the hunger of the world, life is not about what you can do or achieve, it is something much greater still.
2. "Never get so busy making a living that you forget to live life", Dolly Parton
It taught me that trying to do something you love can often lose you. We live in a culture that measures success by how much money you make rather than how much satisfaction there is in our life. In the last 10 years, I have learned that the months where you feel "very busy" can be months where, in reality, I have not experienced anything.
3. “Tell people what they need to hear, not what you want to tell them”, Andy Stanley
Empathy is a very difficult skill to achieve. As an entrepreneur, the best business is done by those who can solve a pain in the life of their consumer. Putting words with emotions and creating products that solve your problems.
As a leader, don't forget that consideration is the most effective form of communication.
4. "Your greatest weakness can be your greatest strength", Pablo De Tarso
I am a born teacher. Explaining something, talking, selling and convincing others is something practically "natural" for me. But many times my words have hurt people. So my greatest strength may be my greatest weakness. But what I think is my weakness has been a great strength.
A weakness of mine is that I am very anti-social. What has given me a particular vision of life, has allowed me to learn, analyze things before saying them.
5. “Less is more”, Mies Van Der Rohe, Architect
A designer is someone who, unlike someone else, can make something beautiful with the same tools and at the same cost. But the more practical the design, I realize that its purpose is not to look at many things, but at just one. A designer is not happy when he adds more things, but when he takes away. Designing a beautiful life does not imply adding things, it implies taking away.
6. "When you argue something the objective is to win the heart of the other, not to be right", Matthew L. Jacobson
Arguing, debating, and marketing are very important pieces of persuasion. And persuasion is a skill that every entrepreneur must have. In my experience, the secret to taking away your fear of direct confrontation is to re-establish your respect for the other.
Our thoughts are connected to our hearts. Do not debate to be right, you can have it and be left alone. Being right and losing the heart of the other is a failure. Your company will be built by the effort and unity of your people.
Remember, people don't care what you want to do until they realize that they are important to you.
7. “It is impossible to be spiritually mature while we are emotionally immature”, Peter Scazzero
I cannot be rationally mature if I am emotionally immature. Emotion and reason are not opposites that I choose one or the other. We all tend towards one. But as I integrate them, I am a more mature person in reality, with myself and with others.
8. "We change when the pain of being the same is stronger than the pain involved in changing" , Dr. Henry Cloud
The old saying, "no pain, no growth" is true. But in life, pain doesn't always mean bad. I have learned to associate the word pain with growth or new beginnings. It has helped me not to spend my life avoiding pain but instead to identify that certain pains are good for my growth. Pain makes me grow, changes me and forms the person I want to be.
9. "Who you listen to determines who you become" , John C Maxwell
A different version says, you will become the 5 people with whom you surround yourself the most. I do not give my eyes or ears to many. Because my story tells me that those whom I give permission to speak in my life determine the course of my actions, define the life that I will end up having and the changes in behavior that will adjust my current state of existence. Be cautious who you listen to. If you let the wrong person speak into your ears, you could end up in a place far away from where you wanted to go.
10. "Success will happen to you when you turn your effort from making a million dollars to helping a million people," Dharmesh Shah.
I have spent many years trying to make money make more money. And it feels somewhat shallow and empty. And surprisingly… I didn't make a lot of money. It wasn't until I had a genuine heart to help others that I saw a significant jump in my income. Success is counter-intuitive. What seems like a common response for everyone is often a path to mediocrity. Instead, the hardest path is the right path.
One more phrase: "If you don't build your dream, someone else will hire you to build theirs."
I wanted to end this post with a little motivation. It's tough, but it's real.
You can use your resources (time, energy, passion) to build the life that you want or you can use them to build the life that the owner of the company where you work wants. For me, these words have motivated me to be a creator rather than a support for another.