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Perseverance As An Entrepreneur

Perseverance As An Entrepreneur

Perseverance is an attribute needed to maintain and sustain a reputable quality of life. This mental capacity is a direct correlation between failure and success. Reacting accordingly to situations is a decision required to progress. Accepting the bad, and learning from these tough lessons is what brings sweetness. You cannot expect a serious form of goodness without receiving the bitter fruit. Life always has a balance, and if you make informed decisions, then your good days will always outweigh your bad. Letting silly things become a nuisance, is a form of irritability that must be desecrated.

The Golden Rule

Patience is a virtue that isn’t spoken about too frequently; it’s mentioned with a blatant disregard for the creative process. Life is a waiting game when it pertains to making any sort of respectable accomplishment. But what are you willing to do while you’re waiting? Having a positive outlook will certainly avail more than just being pessimistic, these thoughts need an action plan behind them. There are many trials and tribulations that must be endured. So, are you willing to concentrate on your goals and push through all of the nonsense? These are the healthy questions you must consistently ask yourself, in order to be truly patient.

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Failure Is Inevitable

We are all a work in progress, and learning is part of our sojourn. We know very little about the vast intricacies of the world, but if we can stick to our domain, then success will be granted. Challenges aren’t meant to be complained about; they are designed solely to be met. Backing down from difficulties will only result in failure, but if you get back up after a fall, the potential is limitless.

Innovation Is Like A Plug

The electricity and energy exerted when brainstorming new ideas to implement is a key to start the ignition. Automobiles won’t run smoothly without gas, and ideas are the fuel that keeps you moving forward. The term is called a brainstorm because the volatility of an idea isn’t certain. And you won’t know what will work until you put it to the test. The old adage of not knocking something until you try it applies to the vehicle of innovation. Permit your imagination to run wild; let it gallivant through an enchanted forest.

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Broaden Your Horizons

Shooting for a target may not always be reached on the first attempt, and aiming higher next time can make the biggest difference. Life isn’t meant to continue trying the same things over and over again. Diversity is a natural human element, and adding it into your business model can penetrate barriers you weren’t aware of.

Prepare For The Worst

The cost of running a business is the most taxing expense, so preparing for the worst is needed. When the business is afloat, doing well, and gathering a profit; set aside finances to fund your business for the upcoming months. There’s no real stability in any job we create, and having a surplus of capital to invest back into a business must be available at all times. Entrepreneurs are responsible for the livelihood of others, and without putting them first, the karmic retribution can be catastrophic.

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Being an entrepreneur isn’t for everyone and the number of hours you work is much more than your standard day job. But if you understand the reality of what’s necessary to succeed, then you will fight for it every single day. We all have dreams that we’d love to live, and chasing after them is the only way to be truly content. Completing the vision is an imperative notion, and watching your visions manifest into reality is an ineffable sensation.

Featured photo credit: Markus Spiske via flickr.com

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Last Updated on March 29, 2021

5 Types of Horrible Bosses and How to Beat Them All

5 Types of Horrible Bosses and How to Beat Them All

When I left university I took a job immediately, I had been lucky as I had spent a year earning almost nothing as an intern so I was offered a role. On my first day I found that I had not been allocated a desk, there was no one to greet me so I was left for some hours ignored. I happened to snipe about this to another employee at the coffee machine two things happened. The first was that the person I had complained to was my new manager’s wife, and the second was, in his own words, ‘that he would come down on me like a ton of bricks if I crossed him…’

What a great start to a job! I had moved to a new city, and had been at work for less than a morning when I had my first run in with the first style of bad manager. I didn’t stay long enough to find out what Mr Agressive would do next. Bad managers are a major issue. Research from Approved Index shows that more than four in ten employees (42%) state that they have previously quit a job because of a bad manager.

The Dream Type Of Manager

My best manager was a total opposite. A man who had been the head of the UK tax system and was working his retirement running a company I was a very junior and green employee for. I made a stupid mistake, one which cost a lot of time and money and I felt I was going to be sacked without doubt.

I was nervous, beating myself up about what I had done, what would happen. At the end of the day I was called to his office, he had made me wait and I had spent that day talking to other employees, trying to understand where I had gone wrong. It had been a simple mistyped line of code which sent a massive print job out totally wrong. I learn how I should have done it and I fretted.

My boss asked me to step into his office, he asked me to sit down. “Do you know what you did?” I babbled, yes, I had been stupid, I had not double-checked or asked for advice when I was doing something I had not really understood. It was totally my fault. He paused. “Will you do that again?” Of course I told him I would not, I would always double check, ask for help and not try to be so clever when I was not!

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“Okay…”

That was it. I paused and asked, should I clear my desk. He smiled. “You have learnt a valuable lesson, I can be sure that you will never make a mistake like that again. Why would I want to get rid of an employee who knows that?”

I stayed with that company for many years, the way I was treated was a real object lesson in good management. Sadly, far too many poor managers exist out there.

The Complete Catalogue of Bad Managers

The Bully

My first boss fitted into the classic bully class. This is so often the ‘old school’ management by power style. I encountered this style again in the retail sector where one manager felt the only way to get the best from staff was to bawl and yell.

However, like so many bullies you will often find that this can be someone who either knows no better or is under stress and they are themselves running scared of the situation they have found themselves in.

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The Invisible Boss

This can either present itself as management from afar (usually the golf course or ‘important meetings) or just a boss who is too busy being important to deal with their staff.

It can feel refreshing as you will often have almost total freedom with your manager taking little or no interest in your activities, however you will soon find that you also lack the support that a good manager will provide. Without direction you may feel you are doing well just to find that you are not delivering against expectations you were not told about and suddenly it is all your fault.

The Micro Manager

The frustration of having a manager who feels the need to be involved in everything you do. The polar opposite to the Invisible Boss you will feel that there is no trust in your work as they will want to meddle in everything you do.

Dealing with the micro-manager can be difficult. Often their management style comes from their own insecurity. You can try confronting them, tell them that you can do your job however in many cases this will not succeed and can in fact make things worse.

The Over Promoted Boss

The Over promoted boss categorises someone who has no idea. They have found themselves in a management position through service, family or some corporate mystery. They are people who are not only highly unqualified to be managers they will generally be unable to do even your job.

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You can find yourself persistently frustrated by the situation you are in, however it can seem impossible to get out without handing over your resignation.

The Credit Stealer

The credit stealer is the boss who will never publically acknowledge the work you do. You will put in the extra hours working on a project and you know that, in the ‘big meeting’ it will be your credit stealing boss who will take all of the credit!

Again it is demoralising, you see all of the credit for your labour being stolen and this can often lead to good employees looking for new careers.

3 Essential Ways to Work (Cope) with Bad Managers

Whatever type of bad boss you have there are certain things that you can do to ensure that you get the recognition and protection you require to not only remain sane but to also build your career.

1. Keep evidence

Whether it is incidents with the bully or examples of projects you have completed with the credit stealer you will always be well served to keep notes and supporting evidence for projects you are working on.

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Buy your own notebook and ensure that you are always making notes, it becomes a habit and a very useful one as you have a constant reminder as well as somewhere to explore ideas.

Importantly, if you do have to go to HR or stand-up for yourself you will have clear records! Also, don’t always trust that corporate servers or emails will always be available or not tampered with. Keep your own content.

2. Hold regular meetings

Ensure that you make time for regular meetings with your boss. This is especially useful for the over-promoted or the invisible boss to allow you to ‘manage upwards’. Take charge where you can to set your objectives and use these meetings to set clear objectives and document the status of your work.

3. Stand your ground, but be ready to jump…

Remember that you don’t have to put up with poor management. If you have issues you should face them with your boss, maybe they do not know that they are coming across in a bad way.

However, be ready to recognise if the situation is not going to change. If that is the case, keep your head down and get working on polishing your CV! If it isn’t working, there will be something better out there for you!

Good luck!

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