8 Important Lessons From Leading Entrepreneurs The secret to success in entrepreneurship is discipline.

By Ferrat Destine

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It's no secret that starting a business is hard work. If you want to start a business, you should be prepared to work harder than you ever have before. But what if you're not sure where to begin? If you're in this boat, don't worry — you're not alone. Below are some tips that might come in handy in helping you begin your entrepreneurial journey or improve your business.

1. Start a business to change the world

In business, it's prudent to ensure everything you do has a definite purpose. You can have the best intentions, but you'll never succeed if you don't take specific actions to make your goals a reality. Your business needs to have a definite purpose that drives every decision. Every action you take should be in service of that purpose. If it's not, cut it out.

Before starting a business, you need to clearly understand why you want to start the business in the first place. What are your motivations? What problem are you looking to solve? Once you clearly understand your motivations, you can formulate a business plan.

Related: Giving Back Is How Your Startup Changes the World

2. The first step toward accomplishing your goals is to figure out what they are

Until clear goals have been defined, the entrepreneur has only one clear goal: to find a way to make money. It may well be that the entrepreneur is trying to land an opportunity offering elusive financial security that attracts people to the entrepreneurial path, but goals are vital to business success. The best decisions are usually made when the need is understood clearly, and a decision is made in that light. When the need is ambiguous or not clear, the entrepreneur should wait to make decisions until that need has been defined.

3. Entrepreneurship requires you to follow both scientific and artistic pathways

Entrepreneurship is a science that demands addressing the most vital questions at the most critical moments and looking for solutions as soon as possible. Searching for a product's market is the beginning of the science of business. They all make up the larger strategic planning business people use before launching their products and beginning their advertising campaigns.

4. If you have a new idea or can improve an existing one, make it happen

We all know that person who seems to be able to make things happen. They are always coming up with new ideas and improving existing ones. You may have even heard someone say they wish they could be more like that. The truth is, anyone can be.

Many people never get their ideas off the ground because they think they don't have what it takes. They think you need a certain talent or skill to make it happen. The truth is, you don't need either of those things. All you need is an idea and the willingness to work hard.

We all have ideas. Some are good, some are bad, and some have the potential to change the world. The problem is that most people never do anything with their ideas. They either don't think they're good enough or are too afraid of failure.

5. Get the ball rolling and keep it moving

To get the ball rolling, you need to start somewhere. To scale your business, you have to have a plan and put that plan into action. In this modern era, with many innovations and advancements in technology, staying ahead of competitors is a vital tool in surviving in any industry hence the need to observe market trends to be timely.

6. As time goes by, add more goals and dreams as they become more concrete

Adding more goals as they become more concrete will help you stay on track and ensure your business fulfills its purpose. Adding more goals to a business can be important for several reasons. It can help to increase profits, increase customer satisfaction and make the company more visible to potential employees.

7. Don't wait to start making progress. Make a plan and get going

Making a plan and getting started are the first steps to success. Once you have a plan, you can start taking specific actions to move your business forward. Waiting to make progress to take further action in business may mean missing out on opportunities. Taking risks can help you learn and grow as an entrepreneur.

Related: Your Odds of Succeeding Improve When You Create a Success Plan

8. Find an audience

The most difficult part of starting a business is often finding an audience. A common mistake many entrepreneurs make is assuming that everyone is a potential customer. The truth is, not everyone is interested in what you're selling. The key is to focus on your target market. An audience can be found in many different ways, but the most important way is by creating a product that people want and employing viable marketing strategies.

Related: How to Find Your Purpose, Your Audience and Your Voice


Let's face it: no one gets to the top without a fair amount of work and dedication. If you're looking for a shortcut, you will be sorely disappointed. The secret to success in entrepreneurship is hard work and self-discipline. You must be willing to put in the hours, stay focused and never give up.

If you want to be successful as an entrepreneur, you need to have a disciplined mind. You can stay positive and focused when you're constantly thinking about how to succeed. The key to success is to make conscious decisions and never to allow your thoughts to wander off course. By staying focused, you'll be able to achieve your goals.

Ferrat Destine

Entrepreneur Leadership Network Contributor

CEO at Impress Service

Ferrat Destine is the founder and CEO of Impress Service, one of the leading cleaning companies in New Jersey today. His actions are driven by his belief in the possibility of a better society and future.

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