I recently attended an event where there was a panel of entrepreneurs talking about their businesses. What I noticed was that each one of them had a very unique and different story to tell about how they started and became successful. As I listened I found it very refreshing that even through tough times when they had barriers and impossible tasks to complete they stayed positive and still considered those times to be successful.
Each defined success in a different way. Whether it had to do with the number of employees they had, how many years they had been in business, how much cash they made or the fact that they made it through their first or current year of operation.
The important question to ask is: “Do you let others define what success means to you?” Whether it is a small or huge success – it is still a success. Too many times I have observed when someone, not associated with a business, dictates a definition of success that impacts the one listening, even to the point where they change the way they do business. While it is important to listen to those around you, you need to recognize your own successes based on your own goals and strategies.
Don’t let others compare or define how you feel about yourself and your business. When you are discussing business in a group, don’t let anyone tell you that the person beside you is more successful. Success is defined by what you accomplish, achieve, attain or reach.
It’s worth remembering the advice Abraham Lincoln gave to a young man just starting out in his career: “Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any other one thing.”
Do not let others define your success! Set your own goals and make realistic plans to achieve and attain those goals. Recognize what success means and celebrate it.
The Halton Region’s Small Business Centre is here to help you work make plans and take steps towards gaining success in your business. One of the goals of the Centre is to empower small and medium-sized enterprises and give you the tools to achieve success. For more information about Halton Region’s Small Business Centre resources and services, and how we can help direct you to the right resources, contact us at 1-866-442-5866, www.haltonsmallbusiness.ca, firstname.lastname@example.org or visit us at 1151 Bronte Road, Oakville.