Dog Eat Dog…. Is it the be all in Business?

We’re now in the final week of The Apprentice, which means the pressure is on to win Lord Sugar’s £250 000 investment… If the interview round is anything to go by.

So, I find myself asking this: In Business, what lengths do you have to go to achieve your goals? And, more importantly, what other qualities are vital for success?

Integrity

In Business, success often comes hand in hand with respect – but without true integrity respect is difficult to earn. When listening to the advice of others who have made it, so many will tell you, that you have to do whatever it takes to achieve your goals, putting emotion aside to make decisions with a clear, business mind.

However, removing emotion does not mean losing your morals – where, I’m a firm believer of the fact that if you continue to act with integrity, more people will respect you as a result.

Innovation

A key part of business success is developing new ideas, whether creating a new service or product, or reinventing the wheel.

So why is it so many start-ups get bogged down in what others are doing – constantly comparing their business to bigger players in the market, and worrying what their next move will be? Heard of the phrase, don’t get bitter, get better? In business, this couldn’t be more valid.

Persistence

Have you ever seen the film The Founder? It tells the story of Ray Kroc, the American Business Mogul who built the McDonalds empire. Although he could’ve certainly competed in the ruthlessness stakes, he also weights his success on the power of persistence. In business, 90% of success is just turning up and having the drive to just keep going, no matter what comes your way.

Ray Kroc was 52 when he founded McDonalds. 52. He spent his entire life working towards success and in the end, he more than found it.

I guess what I’m trying to say, is that so many people will tell you that you have to ruthless and driven in business – it’s a dog eat dog World, where you shouldn’t allow anyone or anything to stand in your way.

Though I think this is partially true, I don’t think it is a case of the ‘nice’ people finishing last. In some instances, those with a higher sense of morality may lose out, but in the end they will come back on top and fighting with a higher level of respect from their colleagues and peers, as they would have got there through genuine persistence, drive and determination without losing an ounce of their integrity.

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Last year, I achieved a lot of things I’d always dreamt of. Yet, I felt like I was on this never ending rat race wheel, once finally achieving goals, quickly forgetting how far I’d come and looking for the next thing to accomplish. Nothing ever felt enough, my ambition was killing me. My striving for more and more, constantly left me feeling dissatisfied, never living in the now, always looking for the next moment in life, the next best thing, the next pay cheque.

I decided to take a month to explore myself, explore the world, and find out what happiness actually looked like to me, find out what it meant to be content in that given moment, not wishing for the next thing or thinking I could always find a way to improve the now. I headed to India to live with monks without the influence of my ‘normal’ life around me.

It was tough, no internet, no contact, no luxuries but something within me changed. I think I actually started to accept myself for who I am. 
I’m not going to pretend like I had some sort of magical life changing epiphany and don’t still have days where I wonder what the hell is going on, but what I am truly grateful for, is the time it gave me to sit back, consciously evaluate what was important to me, what my values were and the direction I wanted my life to head in.

Off the back of it, I realised the importance of communication and came home and set up my own podcasting company, to help people communicate (which I adore), took a step back from the false reality of social media, learnt how to say no to things I didn’t want to do, and started dedicating more time to loved ones. 
I’m excited (and nervous) to share the full short documentary with you but I hope you, a friend or a family member gain something from it. I’ve learnt it’s ok sometimes to feel lost in life, and life isn’t always a straight line, it’s ups and downs but that’s what makes you alive. 
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