In this crazy world we live in, every day we produce more and more information, and 90 % of that information is unstructured. In 1992, 100 GB of data was produced each day online. It is estimated that in 2020 we are producing 1.145 trillion MB per day!
To say that there is a lot of opinion and misinformation out there would be an understatement.
How easily we can be put on a path that appears to be the correct one only to find out months, or worse years later, that we were led astray by well-meaning but ultimately flawed advice!
Let’s talk about four myths in business.
Myth # 1 – The Entrepreneurial Giant
Henry Ford, Sam Walton, Ray Kroc, Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, Oprah Winfrey, Mark Zuckerberg, Elon Musk, and the list goes on and on, all have something in common. They are the front men and women for companies that achieved incredible business success. They went global and they played, or are playing, a part in changing the world.
The myth: These great business people did it alone.
The reality: These great business people, although enormously talented, had many talented people working for them and without those unsung heroes working behind the scenes we would never know these people’s names. They would never have become global household names.
The trap: The trap we entrepreneurs fall into, especially when we are starting out, is that we hold ourselves to an impossible standard; we compare ourselves to these global figures and we can’t understand how they did it and why we can’t get there. We become critical of ourselves and we often quit too soon.
The solution: Start building a team today. You need to surround yourself with people who have talents and abilities that you are lacking.
If you need further evidence read the article “Steve Jobs didn’t create the I-Phone!”.
Myth # 2 – Passion
Passion has been held up as one of the key ingredients you will need to succeed. The thing about passion is if you focus on the wrong kind of passion you can be led astray.
The myth: Follow your passion and everything else will fall into place.
The reality: This is terrible advice because it is just not true. Your goal is to build a great business. What if YOUR passion is focused on something that the market will never buy?
The trap: Although on the surface this advice seems wise, it is focusing your attention on the wrong person. You become very focused on yourself when you need to be focused on everyone else. Additionally, your interests and passions change with time. Think about when you were 10, 20, 30, 40, and beyond, hasn’t that proved true? What you loved when you were 10 probably looked very different at 20, and then at 30. Well, you get the point. Your passion is an unreliable guide.
The solution: Focus on the need your business will address, the pain your business will relieve, the great thing your business will do, the promise it will keep to its customers, employees, suppliers, lenders, investors, and so on. By being passionate about that, you will set yourself on a course toward success.
If you need further evidence this video from Mel Robbins:
Myth # 3 – What It Takes to Scale
To build a great business, you need to be able to scale. What does it take to scale a business in either size or number of locations?
The myth: Doing one big thing right will lead to big success.
The reality: That’s called buying a lottery ticket (one thing) and winning $50M (big success). What are the chances of winning the lottery? Exactly, yet in business, some people basically try the same strategy.
The trap: “If I just come up with the next Facebook or Google, or Apple, or McDonald’s, or Walmart then I’ll make it big”, people think. They spend all their time trying to catch lightning in a bottle and they ignore the reality of the situation. Those great companies all started small and became big and none of it happened overnight.
The solution: Start small, build a prototype that works perfectly, exactly as you intended it to work, test it with a small sample size of perfectly suited customers, fix the problems, test again, and then replicate it. One becomes two, two becomes four, four becomes eight, you get the idea.
If you need further evidence ask any successful business owner in your area to tell you the story of how they got to where they are today and I guarantee you that short of winning the lottery or a massive inheritance these entrepreneurs started small and built their business over a long period of time. Brick by brick, as they say, one piece at a time.
Myth # 4 – You Just Need to Work Hard and Want It
There is an idea that basically insinuates that all we must do is copy those who have already done it, work really hard, and want it bad enough, and we too can reach the same kind of wealth and success.
The myth: Hard work and desire is all you need.
The reality: While success does leave clues, hard work is important, and having a relentless drive will all contribute to a measure of success there is also an element of timing and luck that plays a significant role in most ultra-successful peoples lives.
The trap: Ignoring things like your personality profile, personal circumstances, and the elements of timing and luck and trying to copy others is usually a recipe for disaster.
The solution: Every human has greatness within them but depending on their personality profile they will express that greatness in vastly different ways. Some will build global businesses generating billions of dollars and then make extraordinary contributions to charity. Others will work two jobs and raise three boys by themselves, and still, others will build regional businesses that employ people who can’t find a job and create a wonderful environment for their customers and employees.
In every example, greatness has been displayed but personal revenue and scope may be vastly different.
To be successful in business you need many things. We often sabotage ourselves by believing these myths about business. I hope that I have given you something to think about and challenged you to look at what it takes to be in business.
Would you like some help to better understand your personality profile?
Jamie Irvine works with forward-thinking heavy-duty companies as a consultant. Assessing an individual’s personality profile and helping them to better understand the best way for them to achieve business success is a common type of consulting work that Jamie does. Why not meet with Jamie today?