“Never Give Up” I’m always a big fan of Inc Magazine, but when they had this advice on the cover I had to say something.
It’s not that you should give up – it’s that saying “Never Give Up” makes it sound like success in business is entirely under your control. It’s not. Success is based on what you do plus how people respond to what you do then how you adapt to how people respond and what they do about that and so on. Of course, if you give up too soon you’ll miss all the shots you never take as Gretzky said. But what if you give up too late? They don’t run stories or write books about people like that. Except maybe Seth Godin and The Dip.
Take my favorite business analogy: Courtship. There are people who are in a wonderful relationship today because one of them refused to take no for an answer. But there are also people in jail for stalking (or worse) because they refused to take no for an answer. Persistence has its place but it’s only part of the equation. All too often persistence (like love) is blind.
Best Business Advice?
Understand. Learn what motivates your customers. Learn the ins and outs of your business model. Learn what gems of knowledge are hidden in your finances. Learn what makes your employees tick. Learn the difference between being lucky and being smart – then be both. Now put all that understanding into the right action at the right time. But that’s a bit more subtle and it sounds like a lot of work. Because it is. That’s why business success is worth celebrating. If it were easy, everyone would do it. And no one would be left to work for you.
[tags] Entrepreneur, small business, CEO Skills, management, Persistence [/tags]