The road to success is long and hard, and sometimes it’s never clear whether you’ve reached your destination. People who manage to break out of the nine to five work pattern and establish their own business have one disadvantage to those who choose to continue climbing the corporate ladder; they rarely have a clear indicator of whether they’ve really “made it.” Of course, the fact that they’re still in business and making a steady profit might be an indicator, but sometimes success isn’t necessarily measured by one’s bank balance. If you’re looking for something more concrete, here are a few signs that you’re still on the road to success.
You’re always learning
A truly successful person understands that there is always room for improvement, especially within the industry. Even if you think you know everything there is to know about your industry, you still stay up to date with industry news, and religiously follow any updates from the entrepreneurs you respect. Say that you’ve managed to make a career in the medical industry, a field that is constantly evolving and adapting to the needs of the customers; anyone who wants to stay at the top of this field will know to follow new info from Jim Tsokanos and more updates from other health care industry innovators. Anyone with the slightest interest in breaking into the fitness industry will take inspiration from Adriene Mishler, or Jennifer Nicole Lee. You always have more to learn and there are plenty of people for you to learn from, so always take advantage of these opportunities.
You’ve built a good reputation
In this age of technology and connectivity, there is no excuse for not having a presence on a social media platform like Twitter or Facebook. However, the way you use social media is a big indication of your success as a business owner. Some might only use social media to promote their business, generate interest in limited time offers, and share their website content with a wider audience. The more successful business owners use social media to connect with their customers and encourage feedback. If you regularly respond to queries from your customers, use their feedback to improve your services, and make an effort to connect with them, then you’re certainly a success in their eyes.
You accept failures
When you first started your business you probably fought the urge to crumble at every setback. Fair enough; mistakes in your early days were more likely to mean bankruptcy or the end of your fledgling business. But there was always the crippling doubt that came with these setbacks. The feeling that maybe you made the wrong decision and should have stuck with your old job. Now, you take the mistakes as they happen, but you don’t let them phase you. The mark of a truly successful business owner is one who learns from failures and uses them to improve their method. The way you handle each setback determines how far your business will continue to grow.