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You Can’t Succeed Without Trying

12 March 2009 8 Comments

This is going to be a two-part post. Today’s post is entitled “You Can’t Succeed Without Trying” while my next post will be “You Can Never Fail Until You Quit“.

I’d like to start this two-part post by saying that I know people out there that know a lot more than me. Some are my age, others older, and I respect and try to learn from these people, but I can never stand to talk to them about any business idea I have had. Why? Because these people are just too negative. I don’t understand if they are afraid of failing or if they truly believe that every business idea everyone around them has ever mentioned to them has been bad, because it doesn’t even matter if you’re Steve Jobs unveiling to them the new IPhone, they’ll still say it’s a bad idea that you shouldn’t attempt at developing further. These types of people are quite common, in fact, the majority of unsuccessful people are unsuccessful because they only see the negatives in every business venture. But today I’m not going to be discussing the psychology of negativity, instead, I want to tell you the three important things you need to know in order to take your first steps to success.

Align Yourself with Encouraging People

Just as there are negative people, there are also encouraging people. I’m not talking about those, “Oh yeah that’s a great idea now piss off” type of people, but people that actually take upon themselves to actually analyze your idea, give you feedback, and maybe even tell you how you can perfect your idea. These people are usually the ones that share a common interest with you, and they’re always the ones that are thinking about how they can take any idea and turn it into a real money-maker. Make sure that you align yourself with these type of people that are not only looking at the negatives, but are weighing both the pros and cons of a product while  telling you that you can make it work into becoming a success.

Measure Twice, Cut Once

Before executing your business idea and spending your time and money perfecting and promoting your product, make sure that you’ve analyzed your product idea enough. Make sure you think about the ways you’ll market, the ways you’ll monetize, the prices you’ll set, and most importantly the costs that are involved in launching your product. I’ve noticed that many, including myself, sometimes get all excited about their idea and just want to get it out there in the heat of the moment, thinking it will be an instant success, but they can’t be anymore wrong. Cool down, take your time, and assess your idea as much as you can. However, this leads me to my next point–do NOT overthink.

Don’t Be Afraid to Take a Risk

Many of those same discouraging people that tell you that your idea is stupid from the get-go are hating on your idea simply because they themselves are afraid of taking risks. Life is all about risks. If you’ve completed the previous step completely then you’ve eliminated 50% of the risk right there. You can never really know how the consumers or the market will react to your product, whether it be a new type of technology or even a website, but you’ll never succeed until you’ve taken the risk and at least tried to make it work. There are risks of loss involved in every single business out there, and there are more business out there that have failed than succeeded, but you cannot go into a venture believing you will fail, because that negativity in itself will be the cause for your decision to quit when you’ve noticed the sales aren’t picking up as much as you’ve hope the first month.

In my next post I will be going into detail about the correlation between failure and your decision to quit on your product.


  • Chi said:

    I came here from seeing your guest post on LinkersBlog. I really like your style of writing and content. Can’t wait to see the second part to this post. 🙂

  • Robby G (author) said:

    @Chi: Thanks, I enjoyed writing the post for Donny at LinkersBlog. The second part should be coming up soon. Make sure to come back for it. In the meantime since you’re new you can check out some of my older posts. Cheers! 🙂

  • Ted Friedman said:

    Another useful post. Thanks mate. All 3 points are crucial to taking steps to success. Waiting for the next post.

  • Robby G (author) said:

    @Ted Friedman: No Problem mate, the second part will be posted in the next few days.

  • Alice Kelly said:

    Nowadays, you must be super creative to have a good business idea that works.,'”

  • Eve Reid said:

    it is easy to get Business ideas, just look for a product or service that has demand and fill it:’`

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