Whether they are operating as a consultant, running a family business, or just launched a startup, women I’ve interviewed attribute excellence in the work they do to how they engage with others and the personal focus they keep to execute with purpose.
The beauty of blogging as a storyteller is that I can go back through my notes and stories to find memorable quotes. In this article, I pulled 6 tips about how to maintain excellence from women in business and entrepreneurship.
1. Learn how to say No.
The more successful you are or the longer you have been in any field, the more good opportunities you are presented with. Jill Tolles said that it’s critical to separate the good from the excellent. We often want to take on every opportunity that comes our way, but it is important to take on projects that fall in line with our primary goal or purpose.
2. Ask for and utilize criticism.
At a certain point in your career, Britton Griffith Douglas said that you have to narrow down feedback and advice. Seek out opinions from people that we trust, but narrow it down to two mentors and three peers with whom you can completely rely. It’s important to maintain relationships with people who you trust enough for real feedback.
Don’t start anything without a plan and according to Brianna Bullentini, you must be obsessed with it. This plan is something you are constantly writing down and narrowing in on. It should never take away from your spontaneity if you continue to check back with the original framework that got you started.
4. Never sell out.
Be exactly who you are especially when you are raising capital for your venture. People will pay you to be anything and everything, including yourself. Adreynn Ashley said to stay true to you and never sell out just because someone wants to hand you a big check.
5. Don’t ever take things for granted.
Always question the way you do things because once you get comfortable, the work you do does not reflect excellence. If you’re doing the same thing over and over again ask yourself why. Marlene Olsen said that you need to say on your toes and question what you are doing.
6. Stay honest to the mission.
Caroline Moassessi said to be clear about your mission and connect with your passion. It can be very easy to get sidetracked and lose focus when dealing with other people. If you stay true to what you believe in and make honest decisions, then you get ahead with integrity.
What’s your number one tip to maintain excellence?