Jan 092013

entrepreneur manifesto

Entrepreneur Manifesto – Another Look

When I first thought about putting together an entrepreneur manifesto a couple of years ago, I wanted to keep it as simple as possible.  Here, I will stick with the same 10 key points, but I’d like to hang a little “meat” on the manifesto, based on a couple more years of learning and reflection on what is important for success as an entrepreneur.   Here are the ten key “commitments” of the entrepreneur:

1.   I will be Persistent.  I know that nothing great is ever achieved without persistence.  I also know that the road to success is littered with those who gave up, while I continued to fight.

2.   I will set Goals I know that setting and monitoring progress toward goals increases my probability of success.  I also know that even if I don’t achieve every goal exactly as planned, by having goals I give myself targets toward which I can strive.

3.   I will have a Plan.  I know that although plans can change, having one is important.  I understand that it is very likely that I will have to course-correct frequently as I execute my plan, but rather than see such course corrections as failures, I will see them as opportunities to continue on the path to success.

4.   I will be a Believer.  I know that being an optimist and expecting the best works in my favor.  I will focus on the reasons to believe, rather than be swayed by all the naysayers who don’t want to see me succeed while they stand still.

5.   I will be a Realist.  I know that being realistic and making incremental improvements is the way to go.  I understand that being a believer and being realistic are not mutually exclusive; rather they are two sides of the same coin.

6.   I will always be Learning.  I know that everything changes and ongoing, constant learning is the only way to succeed.  I subscribe to the theory that if I stand still in business, I’m actually losing ground.

7.   I will stay Focused.  I know that if I don’t stay focused, I am not likely to achieve my goals.  I will find my “why” and I will use it to help me to avoid succumbing to shiny object syndrome.

8.   I will be BoldI know that being timid won’t get me far as an entrepreneur.  I will, when appropriate, do what it takes to make my business and my offering stand out from the crowd.

9.   I will have a sense of Urgency.  I know that hardly anything is ever attempted or accomplished without it.  I will find ways to access my sense of urgency whenever I need it, in order to continue to progress toward accomplishment of my goals.

10. I will be Passionate.  I know that my passion for what I do is what sets me apart from all the noise in the market.  I will use my “why” and my commitment to success as strong sources of passion and energy as I grow my entrepreneurial ventures.

Let me know what else you think should be included in the entrepreneur manifesto!

I look forward to your thoughts!  Please leave a comment (“response”) below or in the upper right corner of this post.

Paul Morin



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