Be a Fast-Follower & 8 Tips

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Failure is not lack of success. It is a result of giving up and not having the right strategy for success.

Winston Churchill said:

“Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.”

Fear is only realized when we don’t act. Action erases fear. Often in business as in life, we are afraid of what we don’t know.  We are afraid of failure. The concept of failure needs to be changed.

Tony Robbins preaches:

“In every situation there is no failure, only results.”

For every event in our lives, we define what the results mean to us. If the results are viewed as failure, then we have created the failure. If the results are viewed as educational moments then the results become wins.

While action fixes a multitude of weaknesses, our work ethic must be tempered by strategy.  Our strategy for success comes from modeling the behavior of those who have been successful before us. Steve Blank, Stanford Business Professor, teaches that there is often comfort and faster success that comes from being a fast-follower rather than a fast-mover. Trying to gain first-mover advantage often leads to disastrous results.

Besides modeling those who are most successful as a fast-follower, here are eight principles of timeless business advice from Jeff Haden:

  1. Focus on collecting knowledge…
  2. …but focus more on collecting knowledgeable people.
  3. Give before receiving.
  4. Look past the messenger and focus on the message.
  5. Always work on next.
  6. Eat as many of your words as you can.
  7. Turn ideas into actions.
  8. Learn about squirrel nests.

Focus on finding those in your industry who already do well what you specialize in; then find a way to do what they do better by putting your own unique twist into the recipe. Stay positive and follow a plan.

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