The Habits You Should Give Up to Improve Your Business
If you are not ashamed of how you were a year ago, you have not improved. " - Alain de Botton. Don't Forget Your Past Achievements. Stop Thinking "How". Stop working alone
It takes great courage to progress in business life. There are many lessons to learn, many opportunities to seize, and many problems to solve. More importantly, there are many things you have to give up in order to be successful.
According to Newtonian physics, every effect has a counter-reaction, and this is true not only in physics but also in life.
There is a section like this in Benjamin Hardy's book "Willpower Doesn’t Work":
“Everything in your life is energy. This shows that every effect has a reaction. For example, if you have dozens of clothes in your wardrobe, these clothes take up a lot of space in the wardrobe. Not only that, every morning, "What shall I wear today?" makes you think for minutes. So these clothes also take up space in your mind. "
So in summary, if you want to gain a certain momentum in your life, you have to give up some things.
These are material (clothing) and spiritual (repressed emotions) things.
In order to move on to the next stage in business life, you have to give up some things and give up some habits.
So your habits that make you successful in high school may not work in your university life.
Habits you have while waiting become invalid when you marry.
When you start your own business, the habits-skills you gain from working on salary may become useless.
These are all things that bring you to the present, but it is extremely important to get rid of old-fashioned, outdated habits and make way for new opportunities.
In this issue, we will look at what you have to give up in order to be successful in life and especially in business life.
1. Don't Forget Your Past Achievements
"The further you step back, the wider area you will see." -Winston Churchill
It's easy to forget your past achievements as an entrepreneur.
However, when you think about what you have achieved in the past, you act more confidently and the people around you are positively affected by this self-confidence.
Self-confidence is not gained passively. Self-confidence is achieved through your own efforts, and past achievements are instrumental in gaining self-confidence.
2. Stop Thinking "How"
"I cannot change the world alone, but I can create a lot of waves with the stone I throw in the water." -Sister Teresa
There is a book co-authored by Dan Sullivan and Benjamin Hardy: "Who, Not How".
Dan Sullivan, one of the authors of the book, came to the following conclusion as a result of his interviews with 20,000 entrepreneurs: "Millionaires ask themselves 'how', billionaires ask 'who'."
The lesson that can be learned here is this: You can work individually until you reach a certain level in your job. You can focus on your own abilities to find an answer to the "how" question. However, when you expand your business and hire new employees, you may find that these people still ask you "how" to do it.
If you really want to grow your business, it would be useful to heed Dan Sullivan's advice:
"You should stop being the person who tells you how to do everything, focus on identifying who the people who know how to do it."
3. Stop working alone
“Establish the link between individual tasks and the company's goals. People hang on to what they see this link in a more motivated way to their work. Thinking that their work contributes greatly to the company, they gain motivation and happiness. " - Scott Blanchard
As you grow your business, your fields of activity and issues you need to be interested in will diversify. At this point, instead of doing each job alone, you should leave each subject to your staff who are experts in that field. If you cannot see the general picture going on in the company, you cannot work at maximum efficiency.
In this context, do not try to solve all problems alone.
Do not let your employees work without knowing each other and the company. Try to create a corporate culture where solidarity and communication are strong.
4. Don't Think Others as Yourself
“When you receive investment from someone, that person expects a financial gain. When he gets an emotional investment from someone, that person wants to contribute. " - Simon Sinek
As a business owner, you have to think differently from your employees. The more you invest in your business over time, the more financial gain you expect.
Your employees are different. Demand an emotional investment from them as they do not make a financial contribution to your company's success.
5. Don't Be Reactive
"Heroes are people who act noblely and do not hurt others while doing so." - Philip Zimbardo
The moment you start to feel hopeless, you forget everything you learned from the books and your professors and start to act with your instincts. Your employees do that too.
The problem is, you can't apply the instincts you developed when your company was small while trying to develop your company. Past solutions will not solve today's problems.
6. Don't See Money as a Motivation Source
"Passion cannot be bought with money." -Brad Federman
It is very dangerous to see money as a source of motivation. In his book Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us, money is an effective source of motivation for routine things, but money negatively affects motivation when thought and creativity are involved.
In other words, factors such as self-sacrifice, determination and dedication for a job do not create motivation when needed.
7. Give Up Doubts
"When you begin to doubt a person's actions, everything that person does begins to appear flawed." - Mahatma Gandhi
It is natural to doubt the intentions of others when in a leadership position. This thought prevents you from establishing a healthy communication with your employees. When you look at your own business as a leader instead of condemning and criticizing other people's behavior, you produce more.
So when you guess that people have a different intention, they start to think the same way about you. When you teach your employees your vision and mission, do so with a sincere approach. Whenever a problem arises, your sincerity and honesty are appreciated by your employees.
8. Stop feeling alone
"Most people live in quiet despair." -Henry David Thoreau
As you grow and your responsibilities increase, you may feel lonely as an entrepreneur and fall into loneliness as a leader.
The best remedy against this loneliness is to expand your circle. If you don't have a circle of friends with the same goals and motivation as you, change your circle of friends. Make friends with entrepreneurs like you.
9. Don't Use Others For Your Own Purposes
"We see people either as ourselves or as objects." -The Arbinger Institute
Most entrepreneurs in the startup phase are everything in their own company. The first person you hire joins your company to improve the quality of your service. So this person is a tool you use to increase your productivity.
In the next stage, employees no longer become tools but people who can take initiative. In other words, as your company grows, you should look at your employees as responsible people, not as tools as they were at the beginning.
10. Stop being fixed minded
"The skills that worked yesterday are not enough to meet today's requirements." - Dan Sullivan
To go from where you are now to where you want to be, you have to stop being fixed minded. Carol Dweck, a prominent author on motivation, says: “People with a fixed mind think that their abilities are also fixed.”
If you're a small business, you have to stop being fixed minded to grow. The things that made you grow up to this stage will not benefit you in the next period. You have to find new strategies, new methods.