We live in a world that constantly yearns for more. More success, more money, more opportunity, yet we often feel stuck on how to get there. We turn our wheels trying to figure out how to maximize the hours in a day, brainstorm the quickest ways to accomplish our goals, and often overlook the small routine and mindset shifts it takes to get there. We idolize entrepreneurs and innovators, frequently thinking their success can’t be emulated, and in the process, we forget to listen.
With the growing popularity of podcasts and the continued use of social media, most of the advice we are looking for is right at our fingertips. Many business owners, creators, and industry leaders are willingly sharing their secrets for success in the hopes of helping fellow entrepreneurs follow their dreams. One of these inspiring achievers is Brian Hess, president and CEO of The Pavement Group.
The eight-figure entrepreneur owns and operates a national asphalt and concrete construction company that serves all 50 states and Puerto Rico. Hess’ dedication to innovation, integrity, and relentlessness have enabled him to scale his business exponentially and he’s sharing, what he believes, are the five keys to success.
Find a Mentor
More than likely, someone has been in your shoes and navigated the path you’re currently on. Find a mentor that shares the same goals and aspirations as you and build a professional relationship. Learn from their past mistakes and accomplishments and use that advice to build your own successful business. Also, don’t expect a mentor to just fall into your lap. Be proactive and initiate a connection, as that tenacity will take you far.
Being a business owner can feel daunting. There are so many tasks and to-dos on the backend that the process to becoming your own CEO may be overwhelming. Remind yourself that you are working for something greater, create a plan, and stick to it. “It’s impossible to wake up every day doing the right things and get the wrong results,” says Hess.
If you’re going to take the time to pursue a passion, be all in. Fear is often our worst enemy and stops us from executing on all of our ideas. However, the success we want is found outside our cautionary bubble. Use your big dreams to motivate you to think long-term, while creating small, actionable steps to accomplish your goal.
Knowledge Is Valuable
While you may be an expert in your field, don’t become complacent. Regardless of your industry, new innovations are being introduced, new methods of execution are being discovered, and there is always room for skill improvement. Keep learning these advancements, as this knowledge will catapult your long-term growth.
Don’t Forget to Listen
Listening is one of the most important skills any entrepreneur can have. Whether it’s feedback from customers on how to better improve business operations, insight from employees regarding company culture, or mentors offering advice on overall business growth, being able to effectively listen is so valuable.