For many years, I have been in conversation with amazing entrepreneurial women across the globe. Throughout, I’ve heard many interesting perspectives about success, and I'm convinced that what actually separates successful entrepreneurs from mediocre entrepreneurs is their big bold vision (a vision that is about more than just making money), and the willingness to take big risks. Do you see how crucial it is to have both elements? It’s one thing to have a grand vision. But without taking risks it will remain only a dream.
Below are the three key elements at work behind all the super successful entrepreneurs we know:
1. Inspiring bold vision - To be successful you must have an inspiring vision of what you would like to create. It is crucial to develop an ability to dream bigger, to have a grander priority and vision. The challenge is to put your energy on your vision, to match it with your actions, words, attitude, behaviour and action. Whatever is occurring in your life is coming from your vision and image you hold about yourself. Begin by believing in your bold vision. Great successes all begin with an inspiring vision.
Once you have an inspiring bold vision you must also be 'DRIVEN' to make your vision come true - It is not enough to just have a bold vision. You can have the most amazing and inspiring bold vision in the world, but if you are not driven to actualise it, your vision doesn't matter. A person who is not driven and committed to actualise their vision will do nothing with their bold vision other than fantasise, and perhaps talk big. It is essential to be driven to make the impossible possible. You may not know how to achieve your grand vision, or what it would take for that to come to fruition, but you must trust that you will be able to figure it out. You must trust yourself and your vision, no matter what anyone else thinks.
2. Take a big risk - You will never actualise your grand vision or create a life that is more than what you currently have if you are not willing to take a big risk. Often people have a grand vision of what they want to achieve, but they still don’t do it. This is because they are risk averse and afraid of failing. They won’t let themselves gain because they might lose. Instead of going, “No matter what it takes, I am going to risk everything to actually bring my vision into reality,” most people are unwilling to risk, because they don’t want to lose what they already have. By avoiding any kind of risk, you systematically shut down your awareness, and make your world smaller.
3. Only do what you love and truly love what you do - This is the fuel that drives your vision and keeps you going when there is no outside acknowledgment for your vision. The only way you can persist with your creation and to do great work is to truly love what you do. If you don't love what you do, you're not going to have the perseverance to stick it through.