Maya Angelou and success

“Success is liking yourself, liking what you do, and liking how you do it.” Maya Angelou

 

Women’s History Month is a great time to look at the words of Maya Angelou and the lessons they have for entrepreneurs. This quote has 3 lessons for entrepreneurs. These lessons are:

 

  1. No one can define success for you
  2. Find a way to do what you like
  3. Do work that makes you proud

 

 

No one can define success for you

 

One of the first lessons an entrepreneur must learn is that no one can define success for you.  For some entrepreneurial success is creating a Fortune 500 company. For others, success is earning enough money to pay for extra treats for the children. If both these entrepreneurs reach their goals, they are both successful. There is no one definition for success. An entrepreneur must learn to define success for herself and then to work diligently to achieve that success.

 

 

Find a way to do what you like

 

There is something wonderful about being able to find work that one likes to do. Most people must work. People work for money, personal satisfaction or even to alleviate boredom. It doesn’t matter what kind of work a person does, if you must work, find a way to do work that you enjoy. When you work, it is important to put forth your best efforts at all times. Entrepreneurs who do this are more likely to be successful. It is easier to work hard, day after day when one is doing the type of work that one enjoys. So, while you set out to work, find a way to do work you like. Even if the work you do is hard or unpleasant, find something in it that brings you joy.

 

Do work that makes you proud

 

One should always make an effort to do her best work so that she can be proud of what she does. There is something good and wonderful about being able to do a good job and hold one’s head up with the pride of success and accomplishment.  When you are proud of the work you do, you are more likely to find the strength to get up and do the work day after day after day. When you are proud of the work you do, you are more likely to know the value of your work.  Pride in what one does and what she is able to accomplish also helps one push forward towards the success she desires.

 

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They say those who ignore history are doomed to repeat it. Entrepreneurs who want to succeed should ABL aka Always be Learning. So,  the question for you this terrific day is, what lesson do you think a smart entrepreneur can learn from today’s quote?