Think you’ve got what it takes to make it in the world of big business? Check out these 7 qualities shared by the world’s most successful business people.
They are extremely focused.
In the world of big business, always remember to keep your eyes on the prize. Highly successful people always know how to focus on what matters at the right time. Doing this will help you stay organized; prioritizing the things that need to get done now is critical for lining up the future developments that will make or break your business. Focus and foresight are guaranteed paths to fortune.
They’re powerful communicators.
If you want to realize your dream of making it big in the business world, you have to sell yourself to the people you need to work with, and to the people you want to be your customers. Develop a strong brand and stick to it, and turn your product into a household name. Oprah Winfrey and Martha Stewart are masters of strong brand communication, with personal brands that translate flawlessly into great products that people adore.
They’re really big readers.
If you want to be successful, read, read, and read some more. Studies of the world’s richest people show that they all share something in common: a lifelong love of learning from books. Warren Buffett reads 8 hours a day and he’s worth $67 billion. Take note.
Online e-books services like Playster offer huge digital catalogs of business books written by some of the world’s savviest entrepreneurs. Store them on your smartphone or tablet and read them anywhere. With audiobooks, you don’t even have to take the time out to read: just led the wisdom flow into your ears while you work, work, work.
They know when they’re wrong and learn from their mistakes.
If at first you don’t succeed… admit you messed up and attack the problem with renewed gusto. You have to acknowledge mistakes to learn from them, and there’s little point in desperately slugging away at something that’s never going to work. Look at Google: the Google Glass totally flopped, and Google+ isn’t exactly the hottest social media network, but the company is the most powerful in the world.
They’re self-reliant team players.
If you want something done right… Show your executive team how it’s done and work with them to see your vision through to completion. It’s important to be driven and a self-starter, but don’t forget that micromanaging the people you hired to help you will totally demotivate them. Remember, you’re in it together—have faith that they can do the jobs you hired them for!
They’re highly ethical with a strong moral compass.
Big business people often get a bad rap for being unscrupulous, but the best ones win the respect of their peers and colleagues by being honest. If you want to be truly successful, you have to earn the trust of customers and employees. If your customers don’t feel they can rely on you, your product will fail, and if your employees don’t respect you, your company will fall apart like a house of cards. Taking the ethically ambiguous shortcut might seem like a more practical option, but it’s a slippery slope. Conducting ethical business might present a few more obstacles at first, but the dividends are well worth it.
They’re highly organized.
Maybe you’ve checked off every other box on our list, but if you lack organizational skills, you’ll never make it into the big leagues. It takes brains and creativity to envision a brand with huge success potential, but it takes hard work and elbow grease to pull everything together and execute your plans successfully.
Interested in learning more about how to develop the rising top CEO within? Check out the large selection of biz books and audiobooks available online. Along with these tips, you’ll be ready to be a highly effective business person.
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