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6 Excuses You Can’t Hear From Any Successful Entrepreneurs

6 Excuses You Can’t Hear From Any Successful Entrepreneurs

There are a lot of excuses that could be made by almost everyone. The truth is that our minds are the greatest blocks in getting us started to pursuing the dreams and the life we want. It is not going to be easy. But if you want to be a successful entrepreneur, you surely will never say any of these things.

1. I don’t have enough capital

Many entrepreneurs start their journey to success even before they are ready to embrace the positive reactions they will receive. They know that what is important is taking action rather than sitting or waiting. A great idea and the right motivation push you to find and discover what will come out of your venture. You will never hear a successful entrepreneur say he doesn’t have the money to start out. Actually having enough capital sometimes could force you to be less creative and even nonchalant on what should be done right.

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2. I have to wait until…

This sounds boring. Being a successful entrepreneur is not about waiting or taking chances. It is an independent task and along the lines you have to accept responsibility for your destination and take charge of the situation. Most times those excuses you make are just a reason not to fulfill what you really want to go after. Successful entrepreneurs don’t procrastinate. They go after what they want because they know there will never be a perfect time to start what they want and to pursue their dreams. They know that the perfect time to start is now.

3. What if I fail?

Well what if you fail? Staying and waiting in the comfort zone of mediocrity and security is not an exact fit for an entrepreneur! They know the importance of taking chances and pursuing goals. Actually there is more thrill in the journey rather than in the rewards whether it is failure or success. Successful entrepreneurs love to take risk and try new things. They want to test waters first. With failure comes learning and experience. And this is vital to becoming the success they will certainly be.

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4. I am too old to start

Why this excuse is so terrible is that it doesn’t paint the real picture of those who started out late and still became success stories. Colonel Sanders started his journey to become the success story of KFC at age 60. Mary Kay started her success story to becoming the cosmetic giant of Mary Kay at age 45. This excuse can be so terrible because being late comes with its advantages. You have to be more creative, think faster and act better. Being late means working hard and going after your dreams with everything you have got. Because when you are late you have almost nothing to lose.

5. I don’t know the right people

Well this excuse will never be heard from a successful entrepreneur who was nurtured and grew into a digital age. No one started out knowing the right people. You had to start first and get noticed by the right people. If you sit down waiting for the right people to flock to you, you will never get started. Get on social media. There is Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn. Attend conferences, reach out and gain knowledge by attending seminars and workshops. Somewhere in between if you have the right energy and fire to keep on going, you will meet the right people.

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6. I don’t have enough time

When you hear this from anyone, he really doesn’t want to start out. There is never enough time. We all have 24 hours every day. And that is it. If that is not enough to start the journey and hit the right buttons, then you really don’t want to go anywhere. Most successful entrepreneurs are effective time managers. They get more done within the allotted time they have. They love what they are doing so much that they wake up as early as possible to get started.

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Last Updated on March 12, 2019

20 Inspiring Vision Statement Examples (2019 Updated)

20 Inspiring Vision Statement Examples (2019 Updated)

There is normally a lengthy list of things you need to consider when starting a business, and if you don’t manage them properly, your excitement can quickly turn into overwhelm. What can support you to stay inspired and on the right track when starting out? You guessed it: this is your vision statement.

What Is a Vision Statement?

A vision statement is like a photograph of your future business, which gives your business shape and direction.

A vision statement provides the direction and describes what the founder wants the organization to achieve in the future; it’s more about the “what” of a business. It is different from a mission statement, which describes the purpose of an organization and more about the “how” of a business.

If you were to take a photo of your future business now, what would it look like? What do you want your business to be recognized for one day?

You need to have a crystal clear vision when you start out, otherwise you can get easily lost in deciding the best way forward. When you are making strategic decisions for your business and even daily operation decisions, your vision statement will give you the inspiration and targeted direction you need.

The Importance of a Vision Statement

Without a vision statement, your business will lack motivation to keep going.

If you don’t aim for anything, you might not hit anything. The more specific and clear you are, the better your chances are at seeing your vision turn into reality.

The importance of a vision statement cannot be overlooked; not only does it provide long term direction and guidance, but it also gives you the inspiration and the necessary energy to keep going when you feel lost.

Always keep your vision statement alive by revisiting it regularly and communicating your vision with other members of the team, to inspire and motivate them as well.

How to Craft an Inspiring Vision Statement

1. Dream big and use clear language

An inspiring vision statement should inform a clear direction and priorities for the organization, while challenging all the team members to grow together. Based on our expert sources’ advice, we’ve got some great tips for you:

  • Imagine how you want the business to be like in five to ten years.
  • Infuse the business’ values in the statement.
  • Make sure that the statement is implying a clear focus for the business.
  • Write your vision statement in the present tense.
  • Use clear and concise language.
  • Ensure the statement is easily understood.

There are many different types of vision statements and there is no wrong or right way to do it. The most important thing is to resonate with it. It will always inspire you and give you a clear targeted direction.

2. Get inspirations from the successful companies.

Having researched on a number of successful companies’ vision statements, I’ve shortlisted 20 good examples for the new startups:

Short vision statements made up of a few words only:

1. Disney

To make people happy.

2. Oxfam

A just world without poverty.

3. Ikea

To create a better every day life for the many people.

Quantitative statements are based on numbers, quantities:

4. Microsoft

Empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more.

    5. Nike

    Bring inspiration and innovation to every athlete* in the world. (*If you have a body, you are an athlete.)

      Qualitative statements are based on qualities that you want to have:

      6. Ford

      People working together as a lean, global enterprise to make people’s lives better through automotive and mobility leadership.

      7. Avon

      To be the company that best understands and satisfies the product, service and self-fulfillment needs of women—globally.

      Competitor based statements – this type is becoming less common, but famous examples are:

      8. Honda – in 1970

      We will destroy Yamaha.

      9. Nike – in 1960s

      Crush Adidas.

        10. Philip Morris – in 1950s

        Knock off RJR as the number one tobacco  company in the world.

        Role Model Vision Statements – using another company as an example:

        11. Stanford University – in the past

        To become the Harvard of the West.

        12. Reach for Success – in the past

        To become the next Tony Robbins in self development.

        Internal Transformations vision statements:

        13. Apple

        To produce high-quality, low cost, easy to use products that incorporate high technology for the individual.

        14. Giro Sport Design

        To make sure that riding is the best part of a great life.

        15. Tesla

        To accelerate the world’s transition to sustainable energy.

        16. Sony

        To be a company that inspires and fulfills your curiosity.

        17. Facebook

        To give people the power to share and make the world more open and connected.

          Longer and more detailed vision statement:

          18. Walmart

          To give customers a wide assortment of their favorite products, Every Day Low Prices, guaranteed satisfaction, friendly service, convenient hours (24 hours, 7 days a week) and a great online shopping experience.

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          19. Coca Cola

          To achieve sustainable growth, we have established a vision with clear goals:

          Profit: Maximizing return to share owners while being mindful of our overall responsibilities.

          People: Being a great place to work where people are inspired to be the best they can be.

          Portfolio: Bringing to the world a portfolio of beverage brands that anticipate and satisfy peoples; desires and needs.

          Partners: Nurturing a winning network of partners and building mutual loyalty.

          Planet: Being a responsible global citizen that makes a difference.

            20. Heinz

            Our VISION, quite simply, is to be: “The World’s Premier Food Company, Offering Nutritious, Superior Tasting Foods To People Everywhere.” Being the premier food company does not mean being the biggest but it does mean being the best in terms of consumer value, customer service, employee talent, and consistent and predictable growth.

            The Bottom Line

            Remember, always keep your vision statement up-to-date to direct your company’s actions.

            Remember, once you reach your vision, it needs to be changed. General Motors overtook Ford as #1 automotive company in the world because once Ford’s goal was reached, they never updated it.

            Keep your vision statement alive and visibly in front of you, revisit it and let it help direct your actions and activities. This is the fun part: this is where you get to dream really big and allow your imagination to fly as high as you want.

            Don’t hold back, let your creative juices flow and give yourself permission to explore what is possible for your business.

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            To your success!

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