Why some people are really successful and others aren't

In the last couple of weeks, I had two very interesting conversations with two young-ish entrepreneurs who seem to have made it.

One, a friend of mine from uni, has transformed his father's artisan restaurant furniture-making business into an industry. He now has 35 employees and large work premises, and his company is the sector leader in the whole of Southern Italy. 

Another one, a friend of a friend still in his thirties, has a 3D printing business that produces elements for the aeronautical sector. Again, big factory, with 40 employees.

What do these two men have in common? I asked myself.

Here are my conclusions:

1. Guts. Courage. Unwavering resilience. Grit. 

The question: what am I ready to go through to reach my goals?

2. A clear vision. 

The question: what does success look like for me?

3. Creativity. Looking at a problem from all its different angles, as a system, seeking more than one solution (my friend has created, for instance, a unique one-stop-shop business model that takes care of everything, from finance to installation, on behalf of the client - very difficult for competitors to replicate). 

The question: what other solutions are there to this challenge that I might not have thought of? 

4. Active hobbies. My friend goes scuba diving for several hours every week, the other chap teaches yoga in his spare time. 

The question: what physical activity can both relax me and keep me healthy so that I can be more productive at work?

5. Humility. They are both incredibly humble people, ready to learn from their mistakes. 

The question: What can past failures teach me?

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