Think but Never Follow: Take Your Own Path Towards Prosperity
There are some skills and characteristics which are considered to be natural at birth rather then learned (just consider the innate ability of your boss to infuriate you without even trying). Other than this leadership is one such quality, and is also something that can benefit you greatly in your quest for entrepreneurial success ad independence. However, there is a common misconception that attributes which are considered to be natural born cannot be learned, and subsequently developed through teaching and education.
This is nonsense, as leadership is born out of your ability to harness the individual aspects of communication, reasoning and being able to articulate independent thought. This can be learned through experience and the process of teaching, which encourages you to trust your business instincts and think outside of accepted boundaries and restrictions. Just how well you manage absorb this knowledge will define your success as a entrepreneur, and how well you can transform a vision into a profitable venture.
So if you consider leadership to be the development and application of independent thought, then it is clearly a beneficial tool in the armory of the evolving entrepreneur. If a business or venture is to survive in the face of technological innovation, then it must adapt to these changes and be supported by a strong minded and forward thinking leader. If you cannot predict or react quickly to new trends or media, then your entrepreneurial aspirations could sink beneath the shifting sands of time.
Whether you consider yourself to have natural leadership qualities or otherwise, you should seek out guidance to either gain or develop these skills. The process of developing an independence of thought and subsequent leadership abilities should be considered as a journey, and one which is an evolution rather than a revolution of your existing traits and talents. Without these abilities, you run the risk of being unable to innovate and improve your business, or finding yourself unable to react to changing trends and economic developments.
If you think about the level of independent thought that is invested into technological innovation, and then consider how many of your rivals employ the same principles while running their enterprise, then the need for strong and single minded leadership becomes even more significant. Those who lead through innovation or by setting an example of how to adapt to change set the pace for achievement in business, while those who follow are left to watch from behind their trails.
Ultimately your success or otherwise comes down to where you want to sit in the overall pecking order, and whether you wish to be an innovator or stand on the shoulders of others to reach your goals. While you may feel more comfortable and able to achieve what you want with the latter, it is the former that will generate the most fruitful and most satisfying rewards. Unless we are referring to high interest bonds, you will only ever obtain what you invest into a venture, so innovation and aspiration are key to making your visions an unqualified success.
Now is not the time to be afraid of failure, as the current economic climate is crying out for innovators and those who lead by example. So why follow and trail in the wake of others, when you can think for yourself and evolve into your own unique brand of success?