11 Business Philosophies to Live and Die By

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As an entrepreneur, you’re going to have to find your own path… both for your work and personal life. It took me years to learn what I know now, and I am still learning.

Believe it or not, the best entrepreneurial lessons I’ve learned have been the simple ones. It’s the ones that stare you in the face every day, but yet you miss to see them.

Here are 11 simple philosophies that changed my entrepreneurial life:

Don’t make excuses, make improvements

In most cases, things won’t work out the way you want them to. It can be anything from missing revenue projections to launching your product on time and even getting sued for silly little things.

It’s natural to make excuses for why things didn’t go the way you wanted. But that won’t do you any good because it won’t solve your problems.

Instead of making excuses, focus on solving the problems. They probably won’t get fixed right away, but as long as you are making improvements, you’ll eventually get there.

Don’t stop when you’re tired, stop when you’re done

You will get tired of being an entrepreneur, and you’ll probably even get burnt outespecially when things aren’t going well. What’s helped me succeed over the years is that I am persistent.

It doesn’t matter whether I am exhausted or feel that I’ve put enough hours in the day; I just don’t ever stop until things are done.

The moment you stop is the day you fail. As long as you keep chugging along, eventually you will accomplish your goals.

Honesty is a very expensive gift, do not expect it from cheap people

As an entrepreneur, you will have to look to other people for feedback and advice. I’ve learned that not all advice is equal as some people give better advice than others.

The best advice you will ever get is the truth. The truth may hurt, but it will save you time and money.

Just don’t expect the truth from people who care about saving your feelings. That won’t help you accomplish your goals; it will just put you back.

Work hard in silence and keep your success to yourself

When I started doing somewhat well, I wanted to show off. I wanted to tell people about my successes, buy fancy objects to demonstrate my accomplishments and share with the world how “I made it”.

In the long run, buying expensive objects didn’t make me happy. Telling people about my success just caused people to think I was arrogant and, even worse, created more competition.

Don’t worry about telling people about your success as it won’t do you any good. Just focus on your work, and keep your mouth shut because the last thing you need is more competitors.

Don’t get sidetracked by people who are not on track

It’s easy to get sidetracked, especially by other people. If you don’t focus on your core business model, you’ll find yourself spinning your wheels and getting nowhere.

One of the best ways to avoid this is to not let people who don’t have their life together affect your business decisions. If you want to do well, you need to start hanging out with like-minded people. By being around people who have their life together and are successful, you are less likely to get sidetracked.

Behind every successful person are a lot of unsuccessful years

When people look at what I have accomplished, most of the time they feel that I’ve done it over the last few years. What they forget to realize is that I have been an entrepreneur for over 10 years.

During that 10-year period, I’ve lost millions of dollars, made more mistakes than I can count and put countless hours into my businesses.

Most entrepreneurs don’t strike it rich with their first startup… a lot of people fail before they succeed. So, as long as you keep pushing forward as an entrepreneur, your odds of succeeding will go up over time.

Live in such a way that if someone spoke badly of you, no one would believe it

Businesses come and go, but the one thing you should protect more than anything else is your reputation. Your reputation will affect any new business ventures or a job you may try to get later.

Treat your reputation as if it were more valuable than gold. Always help others out, and never speak badly about other people. Be so kind and helpful that if someone spoke badly about you, no one would believe that person.

Sometimes when you follow your dream, it opens the door for others to be able to follow theirs

Entrepreneurship isn’t just about you. You won’t be able to fulfill your dreams without the help of other people.

As you are following your dreams, make sure you don’t forget about the people who helped you get there. Find out what their dreams and goals are and help them accomplish them.

My business partner and I have continually helped all of our team members reach their dreams over the last ten years, and this has also helped us retain most of our valuable team members. This is important because it is really hard to find good talent… so you might as well take care of them.

Just because you are struggling does not mean you are failing

Every great success requires some kind of struggle. Nothing worthwhile is easy, so don’t expect your entrepreneurial career to be easy.

You will have to work hard, fight through the tough times and keep pushing forward. If being an entrepreneur was so easy and didn’t require any hardship, everyone would be one.

So, when you are struggling, don’t give up and keep pushing forward until you see the light at the end of the tunnel.

The hardest thing to open is a closed mind

No matter how good of a salesperson you are, some people just don’t want to hear you talk. They have a closed mind, and they feel they know everything.

You could try to be persistent with people like this, but I’ve found that the hardest thing to open is a closed mind. So, instead of wasting my time, I just move on.

You will be strapped for time as an entrepreneur… especially when you are just starting out because you won’t have much cash or people to help you. So, do yourself a favor and don’t waste your time with people who are close-minded.

If you help people get what they want, you can get what you want

The lesson that took me the longest to learn is that you have to help people to get what you want. Business is all about relationships, and you can’t keep asking people for favors without repaying them.

I’ve also learned that if I help people out, they will go an extra mile to help me out. And if you help people without expecting anything in return, people will go extra ten miles to help you.

Keep paying it forward by helping everyone out there… no matter how big or small they may be. Sooner or later, the universe will pay it back ten-fold.

Conclusion

These are just a few of business philosophies I live by. I hope they will help you throughout your entrepreneurial journey as well. They’ve changed my life and actually made it a lot better.

So what do you think about them? Are there any other philosophies that we should all follow?

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Comments

  1. Great list Neil. The one that hit me the most was “Don’t get sidetracked by people who are not on track”. Too many people just complain and aren’t willing to do anything to change their situation. They pull you in all different directions, criticizing all the time. Great advice

    • Alan, great point. I think it’s really important to not get sidetracked and to have a lazer focus.

    • Yes, Alan !
      Its too much easy to talk about other and their criticize but in real life its hard to apply. However, in business philosophy is quite different from real life. It depend upon your dedication and strengthen. Thus, you have to do SWOT analysis to your every path in your life and walk a step ahead.

    • These are all the quotes that you have posted on your FB account. Nice to see the way you have related/adapted the same meaningfully in your life. Those quotes that you post on FB are definitely very inspirational for any motivated young leader or entrepreneur. Keep Rocking Neil!

  2. Neil,
    You should have put a little tweet this button next to each quote because they’re golden.

    Personally I would have tweeted a bunch of them.

  3. Neil,

    Absolutely true words. All of these points are beautiful and everything matters. However, the one I love is this:
    “Don’t stop when you’re tired, stop when you’re done.”

    I love it because it takes guts. It takes passion and it takes a commitment to be able to do that.
    Thank you for sharing!
    Regards,
    Kumar

  4. Great post Neil! You know sometimes I think you should write a book on entrepreneurship. Or you already have?

    You share so much of great posts on this which motivates so many people like me. Keep up the good work.

  5. Fantastic post yet again Neil.

    Your inspirational words and advice always seem to pop into my mailbox at the right time.

    Thanks for the great content – every time.

  6. Neil! Exactly what this girl needed. :) Your sub-heads resonated profoundly! Especially, “Just because you are struggling does not mean you are failing” and “work until your work is done.” Your words and philosophy are on their way to my FB page. Thank you!

  7. Love those. Last one reminds me of Zig Ziglar…..even though I heard Zig say it (and many other brilliant, successful people repeat it) 2 or 3 years ago, I’ve gotten better and better but am still practicing.

    Any suggestion on how to help keep a server’s attitude/desire to help others in the forefront the mind?

  8. David Angotti :

    Thanks for this article Neil. Great article and a lot of good advice.

    While all of these lessons/philosophies are obviously important, do you see one or two of them as the most crucial?

  9. Ultra quality post as always. You got me with the line, “Don’t stop when you’re tired, stop when you’re done”.

    Thanks

  10. Awesome article, I agree 100%. I also have a very strong belief in paying it forward and helping others, I tend to find the more I help others and give the more I see in return.

  11. Hi Neil, I always read your post but never really commented anything before.

    I 100% agree that “The hardest thing to open is a closed mind”

    During the 3 years as a web designer, I have come across that type of people. In my case, they want to hire an expert to work on their whatever project but they would not listen to my suggestions. These people will ask what would I suggest but at the end they would not follow as they are so engrossed in their own little world with whatever they think is right.

    I sometimes feel so bitter with these people for wasting my time and energy but I have come to learn that giving up on this type of client will keep my panic attack away.

    • Thanks for sharing. I think it goes both ways. It is our job as freelancers and businessmen to change how they feel about a certain thing. Show them that you are the person for the job!

  12. Excellent post Neil!

    As a Christian Businessman, I especially appreciated the section on living in such a way that if someone speaks badly about you no one would believe it.

    You said it, “Treat your reputation as if it’s more valuable than gold”.

    The Bible says it this way:

    A good name is more desirable than great riches; to be esteemed is better than silver or gold. Proverbs 22:1

    This post says a lot about your character Neil. Very nicely done.

  13. Excellent list, Neil! I agree, you should have had a Tweet button by each quote.

    Yes, that last one is great and reminds me of Zig. I try to remember to help as many people as I can.

  14. These words should be on a poster, or a nice infograph in my office.

    Excellent, I’ve used the last one, as Steve mentioned above, Zig Ziglar’s quote, as a motto in my signature block :-)

  15. These are really great to follow. I can add that one should be persistent in what has determined one’s career to be, and never give up. If you like what you do you will never have to go to work.

  16. “Just because you are struggling does not mean you are failing” — The most important thing for people to differentiate. Usually people assume struggle as their failure.

  17. Hey Neil!

    It’s Eddy from Ignite Spot. This was an awesome article. I would like to add one that has really helped me…

    “When you want to improve at a specific entrepreneurial skill like content marketing, social media, accounting, sales, etc. Find the best person in the world at that skill and soak up everything you can from them. Learning curves sucks and if you can speed things along, go for it.”

    Thanks again!

  18. superb Neil. Collection of all the thoughts shared. I have already started working on it. Thanks for the great post as usual.:)

  19. I definitely agree with you and it is very true. The lessons are very real and I am sure we can agree have experienced most of them at some point in our lives.

    Charlene

  20. Helping other people was the one that stood out for me – firstly because it’s something that’s echoed throughout the business world – but secondly because I believe myself, that by helping other you will eventually reap the rewards. The strange thing is however I have yet to receive much help back – yet I still firmly believe in that saying…….

    Nice post Neil,

    Take care fella,

    Chris

  21. Another kick ass article by Niel, awesome. I think one who will read it wont get tired of trying for success. all the lessons are very perfect.

  22. Hi Neil,

    “Businesses come and go, but the one thing you should protect more than anything else is your reputation.”
    good advice.
    Thank you

  23. This is really very inspiring and encouraging .

  24. Nice. Phrases such as “don’t stop when you are tired,stop when you are done” together with philosophies such as” if you help people get what they want, you can get what you want” and “Just because you are struggling does not mean you are failing” really struck me. One could adopt them as commandments.

    Thanks

  25. Great list, Neal. I especially like the one about not telling anyone about your success. I would expand that to goals as well. I’ve learned that goals should only be shared with like minded mentors or close friends who have your best interest in mind. Telling them to the whole world, turns them from want to to have to. It’s much easier to get something done if you want to do it, versus having to do it.

    • John,
      I think that is one of the most important things to remember when you are seeing success. You don’t want people to take hard work for granted.

  26. Great & inspiring post Neil sir, you are my inspiration. Thanks for sharing your skills with us :)

  27. Hi Neil,

    thanks for this list. I haven’t read your website much, but stumbled on this list and it really encouraged me, especially “Work hard in silence and keep your success to yourself.” I’ve been struggling with this recently…

  28. Brilliant points Neil. So succinctly put! I wish you would create a poster that could be pinned!

    Ajoy

  29. Hey Neil…

    Great insight in this post. Especially the “burn out” point. Right on the money.

    How bad do you want it, right? ;)

    Great stuff.

  30. Hi Neil
    Great post. Being two months into a new business venture, the two that hit it the most with me are :
    Just because you are struggling does not mean you are failing and
    The hardest thing to open is a closed mind

    We know the idea is a good one, because it has worked before, but whether due to the current economic climate (which seems to be any easy excuse these days) or other factors, these early months have been a struggle.
    But each day we carry on as we know that eventually, and after a lot of hard work, it will eventually pay off.

    Looking forward to reading more from you.

    Thanks.

  31. Great advice,and words to live by…someone will try to keep you down. They might not even know they are doing it,so like you say,stick to the task at hand and you will prevail eventually.

  32. “Just focus on your work and keep your mouth shut.” This should be the opening line for every Entrepreneur book written! Ha! Thanks Neil!

  33. All points are Excellent and especially I also like your point on “Work hard in silence and keep your success to yourself”. Coz when i was newbie, i also wants to show off but never did that.

  34. Hey Neil,

    I really liked the last point: “If you help people get what they want, you can get what you want” – I think it really defines what running a business is, especially an online business – and generally, helping people makes you feel good, too – so it’s a win-win situation.

    Great post, as always!

  35. Some great lessons to keep in mind, here. I like the first one especially. You’ll be far more effective when you’re thinking in terms of solutions. Nice post.

  36. Awesome post, Neil! All of these are super valuable. I second the tweet button request! :)

    To be honest, the one that really got to me was the one about working in silence and not telling others how successful you are. I’m not even close to being successful yet but when I do start “making it”, I will be sure to remember that advice.

  37. Neil, I always look forward to your posts. Clearly by your following, this is what you destined to do in life which is inspire us all entrepreneurs to keeping pushing forward no matter how hard it gets. I personally liked “Behind every successful person are a lot of unsuccessful years” because its truly a live and learn experience. Also so happy I’ve gone PRO and look forward to talking to you in the near future. Thanks a million.

  38. “I would say the one regarding never stopping until you are done is the most relevant to long term success.”

    Awesome post. I’m a fledgling entrepreneur at the same time as being a father of two boisterous toddlers. I’m just not able to switch them off until I’m done each day and my partner demands that I’m available. It’s a bit of battle to carve out more than a handful of hours each day for me to work. Any advice for reconciling these two huge commitments and making sure I follow your most important maxim?

    • Tom, I think you should really focus on what needs to get done and set a schedule. I think often times you can put things off if it is burning you out or making you less efficient. As long as you get to it promptly after a good rest and family time you should be okay :)

  39. Hey Neil,

    thanks for this post!

    I’m right now in the struggling stage and it’s not so easy. I had a couple of mistakes too and now I’m push forward and forward… I see a light at the end of the tunnel! ;)

    Greetings
    Vladislav

  40. Absolutely golden list. Thanks.

    I love the Guides’ button on the left side, it s new isn t it?

    Also like the clean social icons on the left. Is it a WP plugin?

    Cheers

  41. Superb quotes. However I cant resist sharing this mantra of Steve Jobs:
    Under Promising & Over delivering to wow your customers.

    Because we rarely see this mantra followed by many. We generally huge clatter of promises of customer support by brands but rarely see them happening for real afterwards thus disappointing customer base and brand reputation in the long run.

  42. And yet another business philosophy:
    Try fostering a culture of true leadership within your startups/corporates that will definitely give you a competitive advantage over all of your rivals.

  43. Doug Landry :

    Just Great Neil.thank you for the excellent advice.

  44. This was a fantastic post. Sometimes business comes down to mentality and doing the right thing. It really kind of woke me up a bit today when I was dragging “Don’t stop when you’re tired, stop when you’re done” really hit home.

  45. I don’t usually comment on your posts but I had to leave a comment on this one. This came right on time Neil. So much of it is true, especially the one about “just because you are struggling does not mean you are failing”. Thank you.

  46. Awesome post Neil.

    I’m interest to know: What happened to your friends from childhood/teenage years? We’re they good influences/bad? Still in touch?

    • Dave, like most of us I have a handful of friends I still keep in touch with. People go along their different paths, and it’s hard to keep in touch. I work with three people that went to my High School though :)

  47. Hi Neil,

    I really enjoyed reading the principles you have learned in business. Like you I wish I had known these things much earlier in my own career. But, the mistakes I have made hopefully have served to bring me wisdom and perspective and empathy for others.

    Today I made a successful presentation to a client, and your point number 11 rings true. Zig Ziglar was famous for saying “You can get everything you want by helping enough other people what they want”. It’s true!

  48. From a (successful) industry veteran, thanks for all your great posts Neil.

    Honestly every single day I stop myself from comment-trolling blogs (including some very very popular ones) for their sh*tty, hypocrite full of bs posts.

    And here I am actually giving this compliment, hopefully it warms your heart just a tad.

    All the best!

  49. DeVonne Mommy Success Series :

    Hi Neil,

    Your post hit the ball right over in my backyard ????. I get so excited about walking the path that leads to my dreams and tend to think that others will be just as excited and thats not always true. It’s not that they don’t care but they have their own path to pave. I too had to learn this.

    Today I live my life without wondering “what if” and pay it forward every chance I get. I’m a busy mom of twins and celebrate every step forward, even when it’s baby steps because even that small step gets me closer to achieving my goals!

    • Devonne, glad I could help in that regard. I think taking calculated risks and following your passions will lead to long term success and your own well-being. You are happiest when you are doing what you love :)

  50. Hi Neil,

    Thanks for this article. I related to the philosophy that “Just because you are struggling does not mean you are failing”. Since I am a business of a few associates when I am struggling there is no one to turn to, I just forge ahead and learn from my mistakes. That is why I read all of your articles.

    Thanks and Best Regards,

    Sandy

    • Sandy, I highlighted that point because I think it is the most relevant. It’s all about learning from your mistakes. What does not destroy you only makes you stronger :)

  51. Hey Neil,

    Nice reading after watching Heat new championship :)

    Cheers dude!
    Jorge

  52. You have great journey, by reading these points I must say, you are a self motivator too.

    I will take care about these things, well one more point, I would like to share with you, i.e. be calm and help others! Great!!

    Thanks @The Great Neil

  53. Neil,You are actually what Iron man claims-“Genius, Billionaire, Philanthropist” !

  54. Hey Neil,

    Being a starting entrepreneur with little time, I’ve recently unsubscribed from most lists I’ve been following, but not from yours. I always look forward reading your posts. They are fresh, well written and thoughtful. And what I appreciate the most is how open and honest you are. There are some kickass bloggers out there, but you remain at the top of my list.

    One thing I always wonder about: you do so many things. You run KISSMetrics, write and consult, and run many other websites. You yourself talk about the importance of focus, and I can see that all of the things you do get enough of it. So, what’s your deal, are there 5 Neils out there? :-)

    Looking forward to your next posts!

    Best to you
    Vlad

  55. Great post! As an entrepreneur, we take care of so many tasks day to day that sometimes we go on like robots. Articles like these are a great reminder of what’s important. Thanks for sharing! :-)

  56. Amen Neil thanks a lot for the great advice, you’ve made my friday

  57. This article is exactly what I needed. With only a few dollars in my pocket, haters trying to take me down and trying to learn and accomplish so much all at once brought me to tears this week. This is exactly what I needed to hear. Thank you for your words of inspiration. Much appreciated.

  58. All you are articles are deep and make ton of sense

  59. Dear Neal,

    I’ve been reading your blog since long, your every post really motivated me. and this post is really amazing. God bless you!

  60. I don’t open all of my subscribed mails, but don’t miss to open your mail, Neil! Your contents worth the visit!

    Really a great list of business philosophy!

  61. Great list Neil, thank you!

    I just wanted to add the following, and forgive me if it’s a bit off track:

    As you have repeatedly mentioned throughout your article, being an entrepreneur takes a lot of time, hard work, sleepless nights, etc. And when one starts to build his online business (like I am currently doing), people around him (i.e. family and friends) don’t really realize what’s going on.

    They only see that you are always busy, not dedicating as much time with them as you used to and so on. The end result is that they create around you a “negative” environment which cannot contribute the way it should be to your venture.

    So if I added anything to your list, it would be just that: Together with changing your mindset towards the right direction (i.e. patience, perseverance, focus, etc.) you also need to keep your close friends and family in the loop and steer their mindset as well.

    You need to make them understand what exactly you’re trying to achieve; what it takes to achieve it; what will happen when you achieve it; ultimately make them part of it in some way. At the end of the day, you’re going to need their support as well in order to succeed.

    My 2 cents….
    Thanks for the great article,
    V

    • Viterbi, loves these extra points. Business is all about patience, perseverance, a strong will and positivity. I think you have captured the essence of my philosophy. Thanks for reading :)

  62. Great post, though some points above do not apply to me personally. “Don’t stop when you’re tired, stop when you’re done” Sometimes, you have to sort of “get out of the system” if you’re so full of it. Also, stopping for a while will give you fresh new perspectives on a project once you resume.

  63. Neil – You’re such a humble, wise and helpful person. Never patronizing like most “expert” bloggers out there; you come from a point of personal experience. I recently left my 10-year investment banking career to start up my online biz. It took a lot of courage. There are so many distractions that can easily sidetrack you when you’re starting up. Really grateful for your insights, stories and experience. I’m telling everyone about you here in the UK. Keep the wisdom coming! :-)

    Best,
    Alejandra

    • Alejandra, thanks for the kind words I am humbled by them. In all honesty though I wouldn’t be anywhere without my readers and the dialogue they bring to the table. Thanks for reading :)

  64. “Behind every successful person are a lot of unsuccessful years” That’s so true Neil. Thanks for a such inspirational post!

  65. Hi Neil,

    This is one of the best posts I’ve read from you. Great advice.
    Persistence is one of the values I am trying to live my life by, combined with continuous improvement, positivity, resourcefulness, flexibility and ambition!

    Cheers,
    Josh

  66. Hi Niel,

    Your words are really inspiring. The 11th business philosophy struck me hard.

    It is true that when we help people without expecting anything, then the universe will pay it back 10 folds. All we should have is PATIENCE….patience to wait for the universe to pay back.

    Thank you Niel for yet another inspiring post.

  67. I like this point too much “Don’t stop when you’re tired, stop when you’re done”, its inspired me lot to do work, also i believed in the following quotation

    “Arise, awake, stop not till reach your goal “

  68. Very good points. Good read. Thanks!

  69. Hi Neil,

    Great !! These are life’s philosophies useful for not only business people but for any layman too to succeed in life. Neil lives by such philosophies, I think.

    Thanks Neil,

    AShok

  70. The best point I liked here was: The hardest thing to open is a closed mind. There are people like that. It’s their loss! :)

  71. Very very good stuff. Loving your blog.

  72. Handy stuff, thank you. Personally I take up many of Stephen Hawking’s views on life as, aside from his genius, he’s also a really cool guy with a levelheaded view on life and the times. And quantum physics, but I’ll leave that up to him.

  73. Truly inspiring! I had already noted down all these as you have been updating them on Facebook. Thank you Neil.

  74. And yes, I found this one by you too inspiring- “Sometimes you win, sometimes you learn” !

  75. Excellent and highly motivating. Feel quite a few traits but now I feel stupid to not be strong in putting them away.

  76. LOVE this list! Thanks, as always, for the remarkable content! I am sharing this with my list of SEO client this week – have a great weekend! Matthew

  77. Great advice, not just for business but for life in general.

    Keep moving forward with an ultimate goal/goals in mind. There will be sidetracks but if you keep what you want in the forefront you can always make course corrections.

  78. Yeah Patel I quite agree with you in the list of dogged biz philosophies that any success desiring entrepreneur must put into his/her day to day to get the best and unequaled results

  79. Another great post Neil. Thanks for taking the time to share. Loved “If being an entrepreneur was easy…everyone would be one.” So very true. Thanks again!

  80. Janani Barath :

    You are a good human being Neil!

  81. Business philosophies or real life philosophies , call it what you want , it guarantees success wherever you implement this. Thanks for putting it together Neil.

  82. Great points.Thanks for summing up them together. Almost every one who is into blogging can relate to it and thus understand the need to move on.
    Thanks for the article.

  83. Great Tips, I will use these tips for my blog.

  84. The best one is “Just because you are struggling does not mean you are failing” Very true at the time of hard days in 2012 in London.

    Just keep pushing and clients will come and the lifestyle change the way you want.

    Great lessons for life. thanks for share Neil

  85. Neil, I think that having THAT Right Mindset is vital for every Business!!!

    Thanks for you words of wisdom.

  86. I live by my code and all of the above terms are there in it

  87. Hi Neil,

    Thank you so much for this post. As a business owner the part of struggling really resonated with me. This post could not have come at a better time. I really appreciate it. It’s my first time visiting your site but, I’m loving the wealth of information here. Thank you again!

  88. So nice and beautiful. “Behind every successful person are a lot of unsuccessful years” is the best part I loved in and trying hard to conquer.

  89. Are you the next Steve Jobs? Thanks for a lot for this treasure trove Neil. I’m sure, these will be ringing true for more years to come.

  90. Holy smokes. Great stuff. I manage a staff of anywhere between 15 – 20 sales representatives (depending on the month) at Blitz. I talk about this stuff all of the time with them. We aren’t so much focused on the actual sales numbers, but just getting a little better at something every day…whether it be in training, coaching, communicating, etc. I like the way you keep it simple…oh and I will definitely be bringing these up in tomorrow’s morning meeting.

    Thanks!!

  91. Great post. Nice to know that i already follow majority of those philosophies. Learned them from Robin Sharma and Brandon Burchard.
    I think you could add one more on your list and that is to constantly learn from the experts in your niche, visit seminars, buy video training and read books. Even if you buy training course that is similar to what you have already learned, you will still find something new.
    When i began to learn from other Forex programmers i feel how my knowledge now is way more better than it was before. Your competitors will always know one or another thing better than you do, you just need what that is and increase your knowledge on that.
    Hope this helps.

    • Rimantas, sounds like you are on the right track and have the right mindset. I agree, I think it’s all about humbling yourself to others so you can learn as much as you can.

  92. ‘Don’t get sidetracked by people who are not on track’ – great advice! You want to work with people that share in your vision and your passion.

  93. This one made my day…

    “Just because you are struggling does not mean you are failing”

    There is a tendency to want to throw in the towel when things are not progressing as planned, which lately has been a lot. But I am committed to make it work, being smart enough to know when to change a few things around to move forward again.

    Thanks!

  94. Great Post…. I pasted your 11 Business Philosophies in-front of my Computer. Now my mind will repeat same things again and again, and it will be become my habit.

  95. Hi Neil,
    I am into freelancing recently. Was looking for some inspirational articles. This is the best one I read. And I will keep all these points on my head.
    These will keep me motivated. Thanks for sharing.

  96. What a great point we often make excuses for not doing well. However if we can quickly learn from our mistakes and move on we can achieve much greater success.

  97. Niel –

    These are great and very relevant to today’s business landscape.

    If we were to add one philosophy to these 11, it would be “Work Smarter, Not Harder.”

    Find out how to accomplish this in Think Energy’s most recent blog post– https://www.mythinkenergy.com/index.php?id=135

  98. Nice list, you have rightly said that struggling is not equals to failing rather more you are struggling more the chances of success is getting stronger.

  99. Hi Neil, I just wanted to say how much I appreciate your blog posts and digital marketing tips, and life insights, I always look forward to getting your email blog updates when I check my email!

  100. hey ! Very interesting philosophies. These are awesome. Definitely this is going to effect my business life. One of them which I liked the most is “Work hard in silence and keep your success to yourself”.
    Thanks.

  101. Hi,
    Definitely a great place to start and give a good foundation on what to do. Obviously some people might disagree here and there and in what order, but this is definitely comprehensive list of what to do at one point.

  102. “The best advice you are ever going to get is the truth.” Just realised, I need to value my boss’s advice from now on, instead of expecting him to be tactful about words to spare my “feelings.” Practicality rules! :D Thanks for this, Neil!

  103. One of the main important things every businessman should understand is that the reputation is built very slowly. In this situation patience is your best friend. You won’t be successful within one day.

  104. Very Nice Post Really Helpful… Thanx for sharing. I am waiting for the next post to come.

  105. As I was exploring your posts…. I found it very helpful because it is very informative. Thumbs Up!

  106. Thanx For sharing such a nice post.. This is what I was searching for.

  107. Great posts.. And great thoughts too.. Very informative and charming

  108. I like hearing the lesson “give and the universe will give back tenfold” in different areas of my life. In business resources like yours, from family, in books I come across. It’s a great outlook and I appreciate the reminder, especially now when I find myself burned out a bit and focused on myself too much.

    • Alex, I think it is a tried and test approach. When you help others they will be more inclined to help you and help you grow. Thanks for reading and let me know if you have any questions :)

  109. Nice post. Your inspirational words and advice always seem to pop into my mailbox at the right time. You should have put a little tweet this button next to each quote because they’re golden.

    Thanks !!….

  110. Amazing Content…These are the real Golden words,I wish we can really understand its meaning by implementing on each of us.I really love and appreciate these quotes.Thanks for such an awesome post :)

  111. Flawless lesson for entrepreneurs… Everyone must try to follow these tips… Helpful sharing, thanks

  112. What a inspirational content ! Really love this. “Don’t make excuses, make improvements” :)

  113. Neil,

    I started my new company 1 year ago. I always say my dad did not put me through college, he put me in business. I am in the process of writing my business vision statement and a business plan to get me to the next phase of my startup. I appreciate your article as it inspired my thoughts and helped me put in words what is necessary to be successful. So many of you points are on the money.

    I hope you don’t mind if I include you as my absentee mentor and future business advisor.

    Thank you for your advisory gems.

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