The 7 Habits of Business Success

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Habit 1. Cultivate Inner Networks: Entrepreneurs practicing the art of business success know the power of networks. They take the time to identify and build relationships with key peers, mentors, and advisors. This inner network provides support, direction, and an increased number of people to assist. Having an inner network of five people who have a network of five more, grows the network exponentially.

Habit 2. Customer Centric: Business success requires an unwavering commitment to the customer. This commitment encompasses a mindset of understanding the customers' world. Understanding the customers wants and needs provides the business with a greater opportunity to earn a loyal customer base. Focus away from business and profits, and toward what you can do to improve the life of your customers.

Habit 3. Humble Honesty: Business success requires the ability to know your strengths and weaknesses. Being open and honest about yourself and your business creates growth as an individual and as a company. Don't spend time developing weaknesses. Find help for weak areas, enabling you to focus on strengths. In the book, "Now, Discover Your Strengths", Gallup Organization reveals that building our strengths instead of fixing our weakness is the path to mastery and success. Take the time to know yourself and business.

Habit 4. Adaptability: Business success requires the ability to adapt to changing situations. Nothing ever goes as planned. The world of business is full of surprises and unforeseen events. Using the habit of adaptability allows business owners to respond to circumstances with the ability to change course and act without complete information. Being flexible allows us to respond to changes without being paralyzed with fear and uncertainty.

Habit 5. Opportunity Focused: Problems are a regular part of business life. Staff issues, customer misunderstandings, cash crunches- the list is endless. To achieve business success, look at both sides of the coin. Every problem has an opportunity. Being opportunity focused makes the game of business fun and energizing.

Habit 6. Finding A Better Way: Productivity is the cornerstone of business success. Formulate the habit of finding a better way to make your business more productive. This will create more time to focus on the critical issues that drive sales and profit. Productivity can be enhanced by technology, automation, outsourcing, and improving business processes.

Habit 7. Balanced Lifestyle Management: A business can consume an owner's time and energy. It's easy to allow the business to take control of your life. Business success requires the habit of balancing all aspects of your life. Separating time for daily business tasks, profit driven tasks, and free time is a habit that will make your business and life more enjoyable. Take the time to plan each week.


Learning and instilling new habits in your daily business life can have a dramatic effect on your level of success. Review each of the 7 habits. Choose one habit to focus on for a month or until you achieve mastery. Gradually incorporate each of the 7 habits of business success into your life and attain your business dreams.
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  • Profile picture of the author MayhemMirix
    Now this has been an interesting read. Thanks for sharing.
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  • Profile picture of the author WebPen
    I definitely think Im lacking in the networking department.

    I mean the others Im not perfect with either, but Im learning more and more how important and powerful JVs are.
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  • Profile picture of the author allencole
    This is rich. Thank you for sharing it, it gives me tips on how to improve in my area of business.
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    • Profile picture of the author Dolly7Jones
      Habit of finding a better way is just the best one.
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    • Profile picture of the author jwmann2
      Excellent post, numbers one and two are very important. Life is all about relationships with people. Customer satisfaction is huge, there will always be alternatives for the customer! Your competition.
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  • Profile picture of the author Razarulz
    niz to share, like to read somenthing like this..
    im lacking habit numb 7..i should manage my time..
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  • Profile picture of the author carlpicot
    This is very useful information Laura .. Is this all your own ideas or did you get insperation from other people ??? I find Debora Poneman a very good teacher of this sort of thing, as well as the Silva System.

    Thanks for sharing )
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    • Profile picture of the author tejbiz
      THE 8th HABIT

      This is what i always stress.....Looking at many successful people, whether it be at sport like Tiger Woods, or Business like Warren Buffett, or Music like JayZ or Producing a Film like Steven Speilberg etc. they all have one thing in common and that is they all

      Learn a Winning Process and REPEAT the PROCESS!!!

      So the 8th Habit is REPEAT the PROCESS which consists of 7 Habits Mentioned Above!!!!!

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  • Profile picture of the author vryannn
    Good information, thanks!
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    • Profile picture of the author aholland
      Having your own business can cause lots of pain. But once you have designed the best strategy, everything will work smoothly, that's the most important thing I guess, to have the plans plan plus habits to work this out.
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  • Profile picture of the author scole954387
    I enjoyed reading your post very much. I have noticed over the years that there are huge differences between the habits of successful people and those who are not successful.

    I believe it was Brian Tracy that said if you want to be success do the same things that successful people do.

    Take care,
    Shannon
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  • Profile picture of the author SEO Agency
    Wonderful beat! I enjoy reading this, I,learn a lot, thanks for the share mate.
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  • Profile picture of the author Jovany
    thanks...for sharing....
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  • Profile picture of the author Deepikarajpal
    Adaptability according to me is must for every business success
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  • Profile picture of the author gauravthegeek
    Great work, can't be better. Thanks.
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  • Profile picture of the author mervyngoh
    Thanks for sharing this awesome info, I personally feel that being humble is the most important in the list
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  • Profile picture of the author BrianTomlinson
    Very good info Laura. Definitely some principles that we should strive to have in our businesses.
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  • Profile picture of the author hireava
    Great post! Thanks for sharing! I learned a lot.
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  • Profile picture of the author eugeneoconnell
    Great habits to nurture. Thank you for sharing.
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  • Profile picture of the author Grade1
    the change of mind is the first step and second go according to your mind planning.
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    • Profile picture of the author ENJ Media
      Good post! Habit #2 is probably one biggest keys to success as a business owner.
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  • Profile picture of the author modex
    I personally feel consistency in one's work is also really important. The thing is that a majority of people tend to become complacent after they've reached their goals and that is when one needs to develop new goals. In the story of the hare and the tortoise, I would rather be a hare which is consistent rather than be a sleeping one who dozes off just short of the finishing line!
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  • Profile picture of the author emvic12345
    Good words from you.Its been an interesting one
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  • Profile picture of the author Tom Shat
    Thanks for sharing, these are some profound habits that every business owner should look at regularly and follow...
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  • Profile picture of the author scsheldon33
    Thanks for the nice shares

    Quoting habit 7...We really need to balance life. Even if we need to earn money, we must also have time to relax ourselves. As the saying goes, "All works without play makes John a dull boy".

    Learn to have some time to refresh and treat yourself like a princess...lol
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  • Profile picture of the author Kaysa
    I think I liked the most its Habit #6. Find a better way. I identify myself a lot with this one. I'm always looking to do things in other ways to get better results.

    Overall these are great habits, thanks for sharing them.
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  • Profile picture of the author Wordpress Genius
    Habit 3 is kind of a gray area for most businesses. It talks about finding your niche and at the same time leaving your potential clients to your competitors.

    Would you consider not telling your weakness as being honest?

    Let's say a potential client visits your store looking for a specific item that your competitor have. You also sell a similar item but with a reduced features. Sales people would do their best to talk their way into making the customer buy their product.
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  • Profile picture of the author bastion
    Originally Posted by laurarussell49 View Post


    Habit 7. Balanced Lifestyle Management: A business can consume an owner's time and energy. It's easy to allow the business to take control of your life. Business success requires the habit of balancing all aspects of your life. Separating time for daily business tasks, profit driven tasks, and free time is a habit that will make your business and life more enjoyable. Take the time to plan each week.
    I have a big problem with this one. Just love to work, and sometimes I forget my friends, family, even to eat and sleep.

    A good planing and discipline is the key of success in IM.
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