Success is a Work In Progress
May 07, 2019 | BY Simcha Felder
As the old saying goes, success is going from failure to failure without losing your enthusiasm. The world is teeming with information and advice meant to help you take your great idea to business startup and onward to prosperity, but in the end success goes to those who don’t tire of tackling obstacles and confronting the inevitable predicaments.
Some mistakes are easier to avoid than others are, and they often involve the expertise of other professionals. The largest percentage of failed businesses have stumbled blindly into the financial abyss. Miscalculating and underestimating just how much money a startup needs is common; being hit with a hefty and unexpected tax bill at year’s end is another.
Confer with an attorney before going into business to decide upon the most appropriate legal structure and set up the appropriate filings, licenses or registrations. Make sure you are aware of all your legal responsibilities and liabilities and you will avoid costly errors and ethical issues down the road.
Sounds obvious, but sometimes it is not our instincts that get us in trouble, but our attachment to them, our belief that we know it all, can do it all and will always be right. Honesty and transparency are recent buzzwords in business marketing and PR, but being honest with yourself about your strengths and weaknesses and the risks your business faces is an imperative precursor. To be honest with the world, start by being fiercely honest with yourself then your top management. That’s the way to map out a plan, whether it’s your first business plan, or your tenth. Without proper planning, reality will certainly complicate the fantasy.
Some companies and organizations that are still thriving have made the most monumental and infamous mistakes of all time. Others were not as lucky with their blunders.
In 1977, Kodak filed a patent for one of the first digital camera technologies, but never brought it to market. Blinded by the success of their film business they simply failed to keep pace with the trend. Had Kodak only trusted that instinct and acted on it they might still be a leader in their field. Did they lose sight of their vision to be the means by which people capture their memories? Did they run out of steam to take on a major transition?
When the pressure to make money eases, what will motivate you to keep doing all the things you did to become profitable in the first place? The answer requires honesty.
In 1999, NASA and Lockheed Martin, a global aerospace and security company, collaborated on the design and production of a Mars Orbitor. Due to a simple error, that could have (should have!) been caught numerous times, engineers at Lockheed used English measurements while NASA used metric, a 125 million dollar probe malfunctioned and was lost in space. Both continued on to great achievements. Not without some difficult reckoning, certainly. But when you’re faced with your next failure, remember that your next success still lies ahead.
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