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IN THE KNOW FAIL FAST AND LEARN • THINK OUTSIDE THE RHOMBUS • LISTEN TO YOUR INSIDE VOICE

HOW SUCCESSFUL

Businessmen, Entrepreneurs & Artists built it for themselves. It’s been called the American dream: but in reality it is germane to most people on this planet; the ability for anyone, from any background, to find fame and fortune. But self-made success (usually) doesn’t happen overnight. It is often marked by failures along the way. In fact the average successful entrepreneur experiences three or four failures on his way to success and even great investors like Warren Buffett make costly investment blunders. Through education, hard work and dedication, however, self-made mavens and moguls persevere until they reach the top. Whether you’re growing an investment portfolio, building a business or flexing your creative muscles, I have found that a few key ingredients are always necessary to achieve success. Fail Fast and Learn: The fear of failure has stopped a lot of people from failing at all. However, in the business world failures large or small can build character, experience and most importantly help you overcome your fear of the doing the next big thing! Think outside the Rhombus: This is a bit of a double edged sword. Think ahead too far and people think you are crazy, think inside the box and people consider your business traditional. In my line of business I have always tried to disrupt the status quo. The more unconventional your business idea the more reward your gain when it actually works in the real world. Listen to your inside voice: Most of us don’t listen to the voice inside our heads. Because the ones outside have told us what we should be doing. So for many we have simply decided that we’re going to work in finance or be a doctor because that’s what our parents told us we should do or because we wanted to make a lot of money. When we consciously or unconsciously make that decision, we snuff out that little voice in our head. From then on, most of us put our goals on auto pilot. We mail it in. We have all met these people, they’re nice but they’re not changing the world. I have always been a restless soul; a man in a hurry, a man with a plan. This is not how everyone functions. Some people have a voice that tells them to fight for democracy. Some have one that tells them to become an expert in miniature spoons. When I first started working with computers I knew this was the future, and I have been fascinated ever since. Whatever your voice is telling you, you would be smart to listen to it. Even if it tells you to quit your job, move to China, or leave your business partner. By Ken Shipley Ken Shipley is the young entrepreneur behind Searchantigua.com

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BusinessFocus • December/January 11/12

Business Focus Antigua Issue 40  

As 2011 comes to a close and we enter 2012, the forecast for the world economy continues to be news of job cuts and hints of a "double dip"...

Business Focus Antigua Issue 40  

As 2011 comes to a close and we enter 2012, the forecast for the world economy continues to be news of job cuts and hints of a "double dip"...

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