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10 Top Tips from Successful Entrepreneurs
By Danielle Newnham
I consider myself very lucky to have interviewed more than 300 entrepreneurs, founders and innovators and I am always amazed by their stories. From how they got started to the grit it took to succeed; their journeys are always different but they often face similar struggles. And what I take from each interview can be passed on to other innovators and entrepreneurs so that they are better armed on their own entrepreneurial journey.
So here are some of my favourite lessons from ten incredible leaders — I hope you find them as useful as I did.
The number one determinant of entrepreneurial success is persistence. If you are not prepared to go to superhuman levels that are beyond rationality to realize your dream, then your chance of finding success is virtually zero.
Chris Barton, Shazam
Adam Cheyer, Siri
Dame Stephanie Shirley
David Risher, Worldreader
Everyone will tell you “No.” You have to believe in yourself and your brand and climb over any obstacles. Let go of your weak links. It’s your business so don’t be afraid to make the hard choices of letting someone go. Any time you are faced with opposition, it is important to stop and reassess. You can overcome any obstacle if you are willing to reevaluate your strategy.
Lauren Napier, entrepreneur and makeup artist, creator of CLEANSE
Omar Hamoui, AdMob
Bianca Miller, serial entrepreneur and author
Brendan O’Driscoll, Soundwave
Jessica Huie MBE
Sinx and I always believed we could put our minds to anything — you have got to be adaptable, willing to change, willing to admit when you make mistakes and learn from them. Never try and be a dictator to staff but enable them to grow and let them do great work.
Danielle is also founder of The Junto Network which hosts networking dinners for tech entrepreneurs and was on the founding team of ubinow, a mobile apps agency in London which sold to Havas.
Danielle has authored two books – the latest being Female Innovators at Work: Women on Top of Tech.