Ten secrets from a former England athlete on how to make it big in business

All business owners can achieve their dreams if they set clear goals and remain focused on success. By adopting the mind set of an athlete and concentrating on key tasks, business owners can learn a lot about success.

Building your own business is hard work but if you stay focused and want to succeed then it can turn into something great.

Here are my ten top tips.

(1) Believe that your business will succeed

At nearly 60 years old, I had a new business with no clients but had to pay the bills. I started a painting and decorating company on the side so I could keep up with the mortgage whilst also marketing JD Mindcoach across the East Midlands. I would decorate in the day and speak in the evenings, always believing that one day the business would grow and that I wouldn’t need to decorate any more.

(2) Be passionate about your business

If you want your company to thrive, you have to enjoy what you do. If the thought of working on it makes you dread getting up in the morning you’re going to struggle to get it off the ground. If it’s not your passion then rethink your business plan to revolve around what you’re interested in.

(3) Become known

Getting your name out there is an important step when beginning a business. You can’t expect people to be interested straight away, which means putting in a lot of hard work. I started attending networking events and doing motivational speaking opportunities free of charge as a way of getting my name out there. I also contacted companies, sending out packs and emails, and slowly my name became a little more known.

(4) Embrace bad experiences and learn from them

I had many disheartening experiences when I was first starting out. I would often be driving home late at night having spoken at a Rotary Club meeting where only eight members would turn up and it felt like a total waste of time. It felt as though I was a comedian at the workingmen’s clubs and it can be hard to motivate yourself to continue. However, this is the very experience that helps the performer grow and get better.

(5) Have an end goal 

It doesn’t matter how far away or impossible it seems, it’s important to have something specific to aim for. I’ve always planned on being able build my own charitable foundation and having this image in my mind keeps my motivation high and reminds me of why I’m doing the work. If you don’t have a goal your business may go off course.

Becoming successful takes hard work – it is important to never give up. Continue reading on the next page to discover more of John Dabrowski’s top tips on how to make it big. 

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