Business Mentoring Tip #52 – Discipline damn it!

April 3, 2012Post by Laura Humphreys

Over coffee sometime last year a senior partner in a big accountancy firm told me what he believed made the difference between business owners who succeed and business owners who do not.

You guessed it. Discipline.

He said he sees every sort of business, in all shapes and sizes. He sees them come and he sees them go. He told me that he can spot a business owner who will build a successful business. The one’s with the discipline. I guess it makes sense. When you think about any area of success… it is typically those with discipine and drive who make it to the top. Sport is a classic example. Discipline to get up at 5am every morning to train while the rest of the world sleeps… this is what it takes.

I’ve been getting up at 5am for a month now to write my book. I was inspired by best selling author Bryce Courtenay who wrote about the discipline he had writing his first book and holding down a demanding job running an advertising agency. I know that when you want something really badly, you have to have the discipline to work at it. I want to finish my book. What do you want? And what discipline do you have to put in place to achieve it?

From the desk of liber8yourbusiness. Business mentors and experts in exit strategies for small business. Based in Wellington, New Zealand.