A lot of management textbooks are built around how to run a business, but there are some that have a different perspective that is applicable for the average person. One of the most important things that I have learned in the past few years is that business principles are just as applicable for the average person as they are for CEOs and executives.
Here’s a business principle that is applicable for anyone who wants to run a business: Don’t make mistakes. A lot of people say, “Oh, okay that’s something I’ve learned in business classes… but I’ll never do it.
This is a good one. And it’s not just for business people either. It applies to any type of business.
The business principle of saying things you can’t do is one of the most oft-used business pratices in the world. As it turns out, people are afraid of doing things they can’t do. In a word, they’re afraid of failure. The idea is that if you can’t do something, then you should think about why. That’s what drives me nuts too.
The idea of being afraid of doing something that you cant do is a pretty common one. However, I think it has become pretty common to apply this idea to work in the real world. Many people I know avoid starting a job because they feel that they cant possibly fail. One of the things I struggle with most in my life is the idea of something happening that I cant control. Something that I cant prevent, something that I cant stop.
It doesn’t help that many people are afraid to fail and be wrong. There are many reasons why people avoid starting a business because of this reason. There is something about the fear of failure that many people have that doesn’t make sense to me. The problem is that fear of failure is a really dangerous thing. I’ve experienced this first hand when I have made the decision to take a job without ever completing it.
If you are starting a business, then you have no choice but to hire people. It’s very easy to believe that you can be 100% sure you will have 100% success or success with a certain company. It’s very easy to take pride in that belief and to forget that there are things you can’t control and that you shouldnt rely on that. That’s why a lot of business owners fail.
The other side of the coin is that a business owner who fails, fails on a lot of levels. When you have a goal that youve set out to achieve (or even just in your mind) you have to know why. The things you have to do to do it.
The first is to be honest with yourself. We live in a society that promotes self-deception. We can live with the illusion that we can achieve things and we can live with the illusion that we can be successful. But you have to know why you are doing what you are doing. If you dont, it doesnt matter why you are doing it.
We all have goals for ourselves. But that doesnt mean that you have to be a self-deceived person. You can fail at the goal too. Maybe it just took too long to get there. The secret to achieving your goals is to start with the why before you start with the how.