Did you know that, according to A Gallup poll, the majority of Americans hope to one day start their own business? However, starting a business is a very long and arduous endeavor, which is why many of these aspiring entrepreneurs end up being unable to achieve this lofty goal. Yet, the fact that the odds are not in your favor should not deter you from following your dreams; rather, it should help you develop a smart and strategic plan that will increase the likelihood that your business becomes a success.
Paul Gravette has been a serial entrepreneur for over twenty years, with extensive experience in business start-ups, brand development, software development, internet marketing, and customer/promoter acquisition and retention. Over the years of his career, he has enjoyed many successful business endeavors, including building a tier 1 phone carrier for residential and commercial long distance services, establishing one of the first online virtual shopping centers on the internet, building the world’s first web-based affiliate marketing program for a Healthy Energy Drink, designing and launching the first online weight management social network, and his latest venture, founding Le-Vel Brands, LLC, a cloud-based direct sales company that sells premium nutritional supplement products.
Despite Paul Gravette’s widespread business success, becoming an accomplished entrepreneur was something he had to work very hard to achieve, which is why he spends a lot of his time offering advice to other aspiring entrepreneurs, as well as seasoned business veterans. Above all, Paul Gravette believes that achieving success starts with having a vision, and applying focus to that vision in order to attain and maintain success. Having a vision enables en aspiring entrepreneur to develop a clear idea of where they want to go, and how they plan on getting there. Setting long-term goals is the heart of entrepreneurial success, which is why it’s important to look beyond the present, and prepare for the future.
Once you have laid out the task you must accomplish, Paul Gravette suggests tackling the most difficult ones first, at the beginning of your day. This way, you can get rid of the things you’re dreading doing, rather than avoiding them and procrastinating. Entrepreneurship requires being proactive, even when you’re faced with a difficult task you would rather not do. One way to help with this is to create “visual goals.” Don’t just write your goals down – use pictures and images to remind yourself. This will keep you excited about the future, which will in turn motivate you.