Why Are Some Entrepreneurs Successful? They Think Growth First, Not Money!

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If I was to be completely honest with you, the reason some entrepreneurs are successful (and others are not) is no secret. Yet so many folks act like there is a secret formula that would make them as wealthy as Coke Cola (Inc.), if only they had the mystery ingredient.

Well get this. There is no secret formula. And it has nothing to do with ‘luck’. It’s not that I don’t believe in luck. I do, by the very same definition that the Roman philosopher, Lucius Annaeus Seneca (Seneca the Younger) wrote a couple thousand years ago. He said: “Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.”

That leads to the logical question for the online entrepreneur today, how to prepare? The answer lies in the title of this entry! To be the best entrepreneur you can be, you must think growth first, not money. This was true when Seneca said it thousands of years ago, as it was in more modern times, demonstrated by Dale Carnegie (1888-1955).

In 1936, Mr. Carnegie authored How to Win Friends and Influence People. As I put together a ‘piece of the secret’ I thought I would double-check my facts. As of this moment of writing to show you the success formula of being a top entrepreneur, Dale Carnegie’s book ranks # 1,773 in sales, among all the books available on! Narrowing down a bit, to Job Hunting and Careers > Guides: at Amazon, it is the 13th most popular book sold! Not bad for a book that is older than pretty much all of my readers!

Financial success, Carnegie believed, is due 15 percent to professional knowledge and 85 percent to “the ability to express ideas, to assume leadership, and to arouse enthusiasm among people. “In order to succeed in business, you have to work on your own personal growth first – learning how to express yourself, become a leader and interact with others.” You cannot do any of these things well if you have not sufficiently developed yourself.

Your business will only grow to the extent that you do. This is not about the power of positive thinking; it is much more than that. It is about realizing that YOU are the creator of all things in your life – good and bad, and learning how to create a prosperous and full life. Prosperity is more than just money, and only YOU have the power to create the life that you want. Personal growth and development is not an optional aspect of your successful business. It is probably THE most important aspect.

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