Chinua Achebe once said “When old (experienced) people speak it is not because of the sweetness of words in our mouths; it is because they see something which you do not see”
Any entrepreneur who has been in business for 2 years+ now understand the incredible value in practical experience. If they go back to when they started, they will not repeat the same mistakes or make the same decisions. Spending time to learn from the best successful entrepreneurs (business people) by reading their biographies or following their blogs is an incredible growth plug. Learning from others who have been in the game before gives you that opportunity to see further by experiencing what others have gone through and achieved.
Learning how great and successful business men and women remained focus on their vision and disciplined to their work ethic will open your mind to practical ways of thriving in the business world.
Dead or alive, carefully studying how amazing business leaders behaved and the actions they took to build sustainable business empires could be that spark you need to experience exponential growth in your journey as an entrepreneur.
Reading business books, attending business seminars, paying coaches and consultants can definitely change the trajectory of your business and I will like to add that reading the biography, experience or thoughts of someone successful can be just what you need for motivation, inspiration and techniques for growth.
For example if you read the biography of John D. Rockefeller an incredible man who started his career as an accountant and ended up as the richest man in the world you will learn how he did the following
– Intelligently attentive to details
– Smart and ruthlessly competitive
– How to be calm in crisis
– Making tough decisions
– Spotting great talent to join your vision
Stories and experiences of successful entrepreneurs are worth hearing especially for aspiring and growing entrepreneurs looking to become successful in the business world. It is time for you to take intentional steps to buy these biographies, to check some of the blog posts these successful entrepreneurs share, it is time for you to start visiting those business people in your city and community who have recorded success to create relationships, ask questions and seek answers.
One exceptional thing always stand out for me about learning from experienced and elderly entrepreneurs is how they overcame setbacks and managed to adapt and get themselves back on track. As an entrepreneur, one of the most efficient and effective ways to take advantage of the experience of other business people is by reading biographies, following their blog posts, TV interviews, podcasts etc.
Isaac Newton once wrote “If I have seen further, it is by standing on the shoulders of giants”
I will recommended you to read the following biographies or follow the following people on social media
– The People’s Tycoon: Henry Ford and the American Century by Steven Watts
– Losing My Virginity (Richard Branson)
– The Snowball: Warren Buffett and the Business of Life
– Hard Drive: Bill Gates and the Making of the Microsoft Empire
– Strive Masiyiwa on facebook
“Good decisions come from experience, and experience comes from bad decisions.” Rita Mae Brown
“Every new experience brings its own maturity and a greater clarity of vision.” Indira Gandhi