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10 Commandments all Entrepreneurs must Follow

10 Commandments all Entrepreneurs must Follow

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I am the first to admit that having your own business is a blast but I am also the first to admit that it is often unsure terrain out there. Here are 10 commandments that may help you along.

#10 – Develop Patience. There can be no denying this commandment. Clients and customers sometimes need time to make up their minds, vendors get delayed, mercury goes into retrograde and throws off your computer system. For the sake of those around you and your own piece of mind don’t let delays and distractions get you down.

#9- Learn to Accept Responsibility– If you get the job, you did it! If you messed up, the credit still goes to you. Responsibility often gets a bad rep because people associate it with guilt. In reality, responsibility is all about “your ability to respond” to what happens.

#8- Understand Risk– If you think business is a gamble, please think again. Entrepreneurs are natural risk takers, but that risk has to be a calculated, well thought-out, risk.

#7- Take time to Recharge-Being an entrepreneur does not mean that you have to have work on your mind all the time. Take time off to recharge your batteries and enjoy the day!

#6Be Nice to Fellow Entrepreneurs-No man is an island. Neither is a business. Show fellow entrepreneurs kindness and compassion. If they need help and you are in a position to provide it-do so.

#5- Have Good Tech Support– We are lucky to be living in the technology age, but that also means that our lives (and our businesses) are intertwined with the technology we use. When the technology goes down, make sure you have a list of pros you can depend on.

#4- Follow Good Models– Whether they be people or methods-good models are often time tested and proven ways of doing something and doing it well. Seek out good models and follow them.

#3- Love what you Do– 6 out of 7 days at least, love what you do. All entrepreneurs are allowed “off-days” where their feelings may border on simply liking what they do.

#2- Ask for help when you need it– You have a dentist who helps your teeth, an instructor for tennis, and even an interior decorator for the rooms you don’t know what to do with. Why stop there? Your business is a crucial part of you life. Get help when you need it.

# 1Work SMART, not Hard– The number one commandment for all entrepreneurs. Hard work is overrated. If you can do something in less time with less money and more ease-go with it.

ABOUT SHAMA HYDER

She is the founder & CEO of Zen Media. She has been named the “Zen Master of Marketing” by Entrepreneur Magazine and the “Millennial Master of the Universe” by FastCompany.com. Forbes, Businessweek, and Inc have all recognized her as one of the Top 30 under 30 entrepreneurs in the field of marketing. Shama has built a global audience and is known for helping brands succeed in the digital age. She is a bestselling author, an international keynote speaker, and has been named one of LinkedIn’s Top 10 Voices in Marketing for four years in a row. Learn More

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