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The best piece of business advice you've ever been given?

Discussion in 'Personal Development & Productivity' started by barryhynd, Apr 17, 2012.

  1. barryhynd

    barryhynd Founder
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    Mar 7, 2008
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    We've all been in businesses for a different amount of time and i'm sure our experiences all differ hugely as well.

    Is there any business advice you've been given in the past that you still try to impart on your business? What would you regard as the best piece of business advice you've ever been given?

  2. Keep your chin up (or any variation thereof).

    Maybe not strictly business advice but applicable to most business situations.
  3. This came up in a discussion today and I think it's great advice

    Insanity isn't trying something that might not work,
    it's to keep doing the same thing over and over again and
    expecting a different result.

    (Albert Einstein)
  4. barryhynd

    barryhynd Founder
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    I feel like that just now William :p

    The best piece of advice I was given was to always learn from your mistakes. It's actually ok to make mistakes but it's a cardinal sin to make the same mistakes twice.
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  5. i was going to mention the same quote as Will, especially being in my industry and not having much support when I started. I had to learn from my mistakes, spent a lot of time and money on different avenues till I realised that there is no secret. If you have struggled in your business, I admire you because you keep going if you have faith and belief in what you can achieve. There will always be negative people telling you it won't work, the reality is that they probably do not understand or have the patience themselves to go out there and make something like a business work.
    My advice would be never to give up, remember you have no restrictions, even if money is an issue- there are ways you can succeed without money. Just study and educate yourself till you understand and find a way that works for you.
    Sometimes especially in the marketing of a business, it's very easy to spend a lot of money and not get results so always remember to learn how to get the best results. If you set up your business correctly you will definitely see results
  6. Every experience in life is a learning experience be it good or bad.
  7. Always make your client look good.
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  8. This may seem rather dull, but it has been so effective for me as a writer. The best piece of advice I have been given is to just write down my ramblings whatever they might be. Try it, it really does help you become more productive and insightful.
  9. I'm not really in business yet as am still researching my idea. But I have been told already - "If you want it, go get it, how else do you expect to achieve it?"

    That little one liner is keeping me going so far!

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  10. Here's mine. Duncan's book is still one of my favourites :)

    "Everyone should pull their finger out and start a business and to believe in themselves. There is nothing else to it. Anyone can make a £100m. But most people don't go out and try. They just stand in the pub and complain."
    Duncan Bannatyne
  11. If you don't believe you can do it, nobody else will either.
  12. Don't let anyone tell you an idea is stupid. If it IS stupid, and you find that out for yourself, you'll still have learnt plenty along the way. I was told my idea was stupid so many times, I did it anyway, and it worked out.
  13. This is good advice. Trust me, I've had enough stupid ideas in my time to know this!
  14. You need to start looking for potential customers. The most successful businesses cure the consumers "headache", and do not offer them "vitamins". Look for problems at work or think about the difficulties that you face in everyday life. And what can be done to prevent this.
    #14 Marty Sampson, Apr 7, 2017
    Last edited: Apr 7, 2017