What inspires you the most for life, work and to achieve your dreams? There are so many sources of inspiration such as books and quotes but I think learning from real life success stories helps to know how successful people think, act and take the decisions.

We asked a few successful entrepreneurs to share single biggest lesson they learned during their entrepreneurial journey and we got some really good answers which are worth considering.

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So, go ahead and read all the interesting lessons…

Brittany Hodak: 

Co-founder at zinepak. She’s @BrittanyHodak on Twitter.

One thing I’ve learned from the success of ZinePak that it’s important to celebrate your victories while simultaneously striving to reach new heights. It’s often helpful to break larger, longer-term goals down into smaller chunks and focus on both the close-up and wide-lens perspective. This can help entrepreneurs stop to appreciate the work that goes into huge wins, while also serving as a roadmap to adjust the game plan when necessary. Entrepreneurs who are satisfied with their success can become complacent too easily. Reevaluating goals on a regular basis (quarterly is okay, but monthly is better!) will help business owners stay hungry and connected to the things that matter most.

Heddi Cundle: 

Founder and CEO of myTabTravel. She’s @HeddiCundle on Twitter.

You don’t want to burn out quickly, so pace building your start-up because the moment you launch, that’s when the real work begins. I highly advise you to take up a team sport so you have to focus on a group activity and break away from your business a few hours a week. By resetting your default button through exercise, it’ll reduce your stress levels and you’ll have more clarity & focus on your start up.

Kelly Lovell: 

Entrepreneur at KellyLovell.com. She’s @kellyalovell on Twitter.

All great success takes time and patience. As a young entrepreneur I struggled to have patience with my endeavours. Excited for the future and the outcomes of my goals, I was eager to reach the finish line. However, I have learned that time is precious, especially in pursuit of great goals. In life the best of things often take time. A pearl or diamond isn’t made overnight. You can try to rush the process but the quality of your end result is often sacrificed along the way. The same is true with success and entrepreneurship. If you try to rush things you will be required to cut corners and your ultimate impact will not be as strong as if you took the time to plan and execute.

Remember leadership is a journey not a destination. Practice patience and your success will be worth the wait.

Kelsey Meyer: 

Co-founder of Influence & Co. She’s @Kelsey_M_Meyer on Twitter.

The single best lesson I have learned is that the people you hire first will set the tone and culture for the company. We were very fortunate to hire absolutely amazing employees for the first 3 hires and it has set the bar high for those we’ve hired after and created an amazing work environment.

Kim Kaupe: 

Co-founder at zinepak. She’s @kimkaupe on Twitter.

The single biggest lesson, both personally and professionally, I have learned from starting ZinePak is to let the work speak for itself. I love this quote by Frank Ocean, “Work hard in silence, let your success be your noise.” In life people tend to get caught up boasting about what they are doing whether it is in business, “We had the biggest funding round last month!” or in personal relationships, “I posted 23 pictures of our five-star vacation overseas!” In today’s digital world it is hard not to get distracted by others but it is the single most important thing for the success of your business and your happiness in your life. You must do things your own way, to the best of your ability, and the success you have will be all the noise you need.

Mark S. Babbitt: 

CEO of youtern. He’s @MarkSBabbitt on Twitter.

While I consider my success still early in the story, the biggest lesson learned so far: we are only as strong as those who surround us.

The days of “lone wolf” success – an Industrial Age strategy that only served “me” – are gone. In the Social Age, we must deliberately surround ourselves with people who care, who believe in mutually-beneficial relationships and common missions, and who approach their work optimistically. In A World Gone Social, we refer to this as “OPEN” – an acronym for “Ordinary Person | Extraordinary Network.” This social mindset makes problems easier to solve, opportunities easier to meet head-on, and enables everyone inside our OPEN circles to become stronger contributors and collaborators.

Sujan Patel:

Co-founder of ContentMarketer. He’s @SujanPatel on Twitter.

The biggest lesson I learned as an Entrepreneur was stop wasting so much time on planning and start acting quickly on an idea. In the early days I used to spend so much time planning the perfect strategy, business model and so on but when I went to execute nothing ever happened as planned. Things that I thought were going to work didn’t and business models changed as build product/service/company. At the end of the day I learned a lot more by actually executing than planning.


Do you know what it takes to deal with hard times and come out successfully? Or do you want to share your success story and a lesson you learned from it?

We’d love to hear from you…

  • Mansi Dhorda is a SEO Analyst at E2M. She specializes in the implementation of highly effective link building strategies for clients all over the world.