There are no half measures in success!
We only do business when we do it better than the rest. Professionalism, dedication, drive and the pursuit of excellence are the elements required to achieve success. And, most of all you should be absolutely committed. If you are not fully committed then you simply may as well go do something else.
Build a culture of continuous improvement to foster innovation. Question everything you do. Question everything that others do. When you come up with answers - use them to think of new possibilities and new ways. Seek change rather than be afraid of it. "Just as energy is the basis of life itself, and ideas the source of innovation, so is innovation the vital spark of all human change, improvement and progress." ~Ted Levitt
Define your Vision
Have a clear vision of what it is you want to achieve and build a cohesive business plan to define the vision and detail the steps you need to take to achieve your objectives. And share your vision with your stakeholders as if you don't, then you will be off on a journey with no one following behind you.
Don't let procrastination into your life. Don't spend time thinking about everything except the task at hand. "When you are on a journey, it is certainly helpful to know where you are going or at least the general direction in which you are moving, but don't forget; the only thing that is ultimately real about your journey is the step that you are taking at this moment." ~ Eckhart Tolle. Take the step.
If you are passionate about everything you do in your life, then you are guaranteed to influence others around you to be excited about what they do.
Be determined and you will achieve the goals you have set for yourself. "Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see the shadow" ~ Helen Keller
Be self aware. Understand who you are and what you are. Always look to improve. There is no such thing as a perfect human being.
The Self Principle
Treat every client and every staff member as you would want them to treat you. In fact you should apply this to everyone you interact with both in your business and personal life. As simple as that.
Mistakes are Opportunities to Learn
Failure is not a question of falling down, it's not getting up again that constitutes failure. Don't let the fear of failure paralyse you. Challenge yourself everyday and meet the challenge. Never be afraid of not succeeding. Be afraid of never trying. Courage is not the lack of fear, but the resistance of fear. Be courageous and use mistakes as learning opportunities.
Always be prepared to put a positive spin on whatever may happen around you. There are always two sides to anything - it is question of whether or not you are prepared to see the positive side even if it may occasionally be hard to find. "Optimist: A person who is chased up a tree by a lion but enjoys the scenery anyway." ~ Walter Winchell