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Advice from one entrepreneur to another

25 Sep 2017

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Failure is part of every entrepreneur’s path to scaling up but that doesn’t make it any easier to navigate. Being a start-up is no easy feat and to increase your chances of success it’s crucial that you surround yourself with people you can learn from.

We asked some of our 99-ers to share one piece of advice they’d give to someone starting up:

Don’t be scared to ask for help

When you think ‘entrepreneur’ you think of a solitary figure – ready to take on the marketplace with drive and ambition. The reality however, is slightly different. Some of the most successful entrepreneurs seek advice from others and when you’re starting out you’ll need all the help you can get.  


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“Seek out and connect with people who can help you and don’t be scared to ask – you don’t have to do it on your own – people are happy to help you and they want to!”

Heather Carr, Managing Director, Ten Minutes More Limited

Read Heather's story 


Have courage and conviction

Sometimes the only thing holding you back from success is yourself. There’s only so much planning and preparation you can do before you need to muster up the courage and conviction to take a step into the unknown. 


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“If not now, then when? If not now, then how? If you’re waiting for the right time, be prepared to wait forever. The only time we ever have is now so don’t wait for anyone’s permission and go ahead and follow your dream.”

Leo Lourdes, CEO and Co-Founder, Yogasphere 

Read Leo's story 


Behaviour speaks louder than words

It’s all good and well having an ace plan in place but if you don’t get anything done you’ll soon be back to square one. Make sure you adopt proactive and driven behaviours to keep ticking those boxes on your to-do list. 


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“The one piece of advice I would give is that ‘behaviour is more important than beliefs’. My reason for this is that although beliefs are important (particularly in yourself), they don’t get things done; behaviour does.”

Charlotte Nichols, Founder, Harvey & Hugo 

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Don’t measure yourself against others

Entering any competitive environment can be challenging, let alone in business. It’s easy to start measuring yourself against other people’s ideals of success. Make sure you define what success means to you – every business has different goals and priorities. 


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"Believe in yourself, ignore the knockbacks and remember that success isn’t always guaranteed. Never lose sight of how you define success. Being an entrepreneur is as much about creating a way of living as it is about finding the next Facebook and becoming a billionaire."

James Pope, Founder, Fanto


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