Keep the big vision in sight.
A big vision will take you far. When things go wrong on the path to your success, and they will, keeping the big vision in mind will enable you to steer your way back to a successful course. It may not always be the course you imagined, but your big vision becomes your north star, which in turn helps you navigate and orient yourself through the darkness.
Fuel your vision with perseverance.
What should go hand-in-hand with a big vision is the perseverance you'll need to keep moving forward. Sometimes, when things get challenging on your path as an entrepreneur, you have to commit yourself to moving forward, regardless of the discomfort and fear surrounding the next steps.
Make a plan, but be flexible.
You need a few sets of plans, even if each is only a few pages. A business plan, with an accompanying marketing outline, are important blueprints for success. They help you map out the major landmarks of the road ahead, define your success and break the journey into important metrics you can track your progress against.
Embrace your expertise.
If you're already innately good at something, or have a skill set, embrace it. Don't try to be all things for all aspects of your business. Hire out or sign contracts with agencies for the things you can't do, and focus on your strengths as quickly and often as possible.
Don't reinvent the wheel.
What is already working in other people's business models, in your industry, in software applications and other business operations that you can emulate instead of re-create? Don't waste your time trying to set up systems when you can simply purchase and install one, saving precious time and spending little money.
Don't burn out.
This isn't just a stale piece of advice: Your health is literally the most important thing in your life. When your body gives out, you're done. You will burn out if you sacrifice your physical and mental health on the altar of your business. So, take care of yourself.
Life hacks may seem like just viral fodder on the internet, but they can teach an important mini-lesson in leverage. When you use leverage to your advantage in every aspect of your life, you go further, faster.
Keep your sense of humor.
If you can't laugh at yourself, you're missing out. Laughing is a good cure to diffuse stress, infuse some lightheartedness into life and get some perspective on the fact that, hey, this is only life after all - you don't have to take it so seriously.
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