Every entrepreneurs should know what they want in their life when they start a business. Building a business is not about one day job but efforts may take ages to work things out to the top. Entrepreneurship is a lifetime process. Projection becomes necessary. If you don't have one, let us see three facts how you develop yourself within 5 years from now.
1) 'A Good Leader is A Good Reader':
Ask yourself, what are the latest books you are reading now? And how much time you spend on reading? It is all about the quality content of reading material you read. Books, journals, periodicals or even digital media are sources of reading. Entrepreneurs should have the endless habit of reading. Reading is normally associated with knowledge. What you read is always what shape your mind, self-development and how you plan effectively your future business from the info digested. Reading sparks positive ideas, creativity and solution on business undertakings and forecasting. Doing business these days is a great challenge particularly everything changes rapidly in the market from technology, innovation, trends, economy, demands, concepts, and even the thinking of the world citizen at large. Globalization and business without borders have apparently conquering the way forward and lots of things entrepreneurs need to occupy themselves through info and knowledge. You will be left far behind if you underestimate the power of reading!
2) 'Who you are is whom you surrounded with':
To be successful you need to be in the correct circle of people. Actions are all started from the mind-set. If you are surrounded with the positive mind-set, you will be thinking, talking and taking action like the high achievers. Being with the right circle of individuals or group would assist you to develop on becoming a BETTER YOU whether in communication, values-oriented, self-confidence, knowledge, forte enhancement, personality building, networking etc. In some scenario, don't overdose yourself by being desperately as 'attention-seeker' running after popularity of someone else. That doesn't positively help at all. Develop yourself by being the Original You! Five years from now if you mix with the wrong attitude groupies, you can guess what the outcome would be. Building your positive character and personality are two toughest task if you position yourself in non-supportive environment. So, be wise, choose positive friends, surroundings and amazing people who can bring the best out of YOU!
3) 'Time is too precious':
Proverbs says, 'Time waits for no man'. Can anyone tell me if there is any record stating somebody can turn back the time? The answer is NO. So, check yourself what are you doing from the time you wake up at 6 or 7 o'clock in the morning until going back to sleep at night. What are the activities dominating your time? Playing PSP? Checking Facebook or 'spying' other people's Facebook and other social media, gossiping, non-stop complaining and criticising people the whole day? The majority time you spend is what your future will be. If you spend your time in productive way, you are actually building a blazing future ahead. Complaining unnecessarily doesn't improve you on anything. If you expect to build a business empire within a magical blink of time-span, you may be still 'sleeping' in the dark cave. Do remember ~ Great Wall of China doesn't built in a day to stand gloriously strong thousands of years until now. Spend your time on meaningful activities which can give you more life experience or skill in different aspects which later it benefits you in accelerating your business.
As to conclude, putting the blame on others is not the best policy when you know you are the one managing your life. If you want to excel and become a better person, you need to take control of your life and lead the positive way. Life is all about making choices. Your end result is what you are choosing 5 years from now!
By Sue Kamal
Entrepreneur Café City Mayor of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia