Checklist of Silly Advice to Ignore in Business

  1. “You will make a fortune – go for it.”
    People who tell you that you will make a fortune and encourage you to get right into business without taking the time to talk with you and assess what your business is all about are simply fools.

  2. “All you need to do is think success.”
    You can think success all you like, but you’ll get nowhere unless you “get off your bike”, sit down with your advisers and put your business ideas into action.

  3. “You’ll be able to enjoy your life now, working whatever hours you want.”
    You may find that when you start working for yourself you will have to put in more hours than when you were working for a boss.

  4. “If you have a strong enough dream – you’ll make it.”
    Once again, you can dream all you like, but nothing’s going to happen unless you get out there and do it.

  5. “There’s no reason why you can’t be as successful as so-and-so.”
    Maybe true though. There is no reason why you can’t achieve some success. You have the same amount of brain matter as anyone else.

  6. “Don’t do it – too many people fail in business.”
    Statistics show that over 70% of businesses fail within the first three to five years.

  7. “You should be okay, but you need to build up your confidence.”
    You may well be lacking in confidence, but confidence is only a part of what you need to be successful in business.

  8. “You can always return to what you were doing before.”
    This is not always easy. Leave your well-paid job and it may not be there if you want to come back.

  9. “Don’t worry, be happy.”
    If you are contemplating going into business, then this is probably the silliest piece of advice anyone can give you. Business is not a game. You should only be happy if the business is profitable.

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