Tuesday, 24 February 2009

Business Philosophy

For today’s post, I would like to as I do from time to time, veer away from adventure activity as the core subject and touch rather on matters pertaining to business. It seems strangely appropriate since I am going through a phase in my life where it feels as though my various business endeavors have consumed me leaving little time for much else. Perhaps a gliding trip to the Drakensberg with colleague captain Gary is what the doctor is ordering here.

With regard to business, in my travels I came across these inspirational words penned by Donald Gordon founder of Liberty Life, who upon his retirement had this advice to give.

"Become the most positive and enthusiastic person you know; passion in business is everything.
In business and in family relationships, remember that the most important thing is trust.
Remember that overnight success usually takes 15 years
Never accept that existing practices can’t be improved upon – there will always be a better or alternative way of doing things. If you identify one, see it to the end with meticulous care.

Strive for excellence, not perfection.
Demand excellence from yourself and your colleagues and be willing to pay for it.
Take care of your reputation, its your most valuable asset.
Learn to listen, opportunity sometimes knocks very softly.
Watch for big problems, they disguise big opportunities.
Think big thoughts but relish small pleasures.

When starting out don’t worry about having enough money, limited funds are a blessing not a curse. Nothing encourages creative thinking in quite the same way.
Be tough minded but tender-hearted.
Don’t waste time responding to your critics.
Never give up on what you really want to do.
The person with big dreams is more powerful than the one with all the facts.
Be bold and courageous.

Admittedly, the first time I came across these points was some four yeas ago already. In 2005, an old friend and I adopted them as our creed when starting an IT Business. Today, as a not so young and upcoming yet still aspiring entrepreneur, reading it never ceases to encourage me; among other things, it serves to remind me not to lose focus.

Photo: business man on air port by magetankota, courtesy of www.flickr.com

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