Nobody is born an entrepreneur. Neither everyone is born into riches and spoon-fed success. Ace industrialist and philanthropist, Sanjay Dalmia believes that there is no potential substitute to the enormous toil required for making it big in life.
The stories of successful entrepreneurs, working day in day out, are a great source of inspiration for aspiring entrepreneurs. But what it takes to be one? Well, a majority of the successful entrepreneurs follow comparable patterns and are believed to share some common characteristics.
Though, a number of online articles and published books claim to know the success mantra of setting up a flourishing enterprise, they conclude on similar lines. Sanjay Dalmia, who has established several successful businesses, talks about the entrepreneurial skills you need to acquire:
When the success of a business is believed to be imminent, ‘it’s in the idea’ they say, and rightly so! A business idea along with an accompanying marketing plan, are the important blueprints for success, affirms Sanjay Dalmia. Mapping out the major landmarks of the journey ahead, focusing on your business plan helps you in setting the benchmarks of success for your business.
Fuel your vision with determination
Being a successful entrepreneur is not just limited to having great ideas or starting new ventures every other day. It calls for unprecedented determination and zeal to excel for implementing your plan of action.
Look for the silver linings
No matter how big or small a venture, problems will never cease to exist. However, if you look from a broader perspective, these problems are nothing but opportunities to learn and excel, says Sanjay Dalmia. You cannot expect your business plan to be perfect in every aspect in the initial years. Putting in the best effort with all what is available, albeit imperfect, is deemed not only timely, but smart too. So look for the silver lining in every dark cloud and strive to eliminate the obstacles to get to the goldmine.
Embrace your expertise
Embrace all what you’re innately good at and leverage it to its best for your business. However, don’t try to master it all. As the famous saying goes, ‘Don’t be a jack-of-all-trades and a master of none’. Sanjay Dalmia recommends seeking assistance from professional agencies if you fail to complete a certain task.
None of the successful entrepreneurs we know, reached where they are today by playing it safe. In the words of Sanjay Dalmia, “Uncharted territories are the storehouse of immense opportunities.”So you have to take risks and innovate for reaching out where the others don’t go.
Having said all that, it is equally important to believe in yourself and know that things take time to fall into place. Success does not come overnight. It is the result of a lifetime of hard work.