In life, there are so many opportunities that people cannot realise, so many gaps they do not fill, much time that passes in vain, and so many pieces of advice not used profitably. This article will help you identify your weakness, capitalise on your strength, see the opportunities and utilise time effectively to accomplish your goals.

The following are the things you need to master to change your life:

1. Be open-minded, innovative, creative and start a business.

Use your hands to do something that will produce returns with time. Start a business, which is the root of entrepreneurship; a conduit for God to bless you. There is money everywhere in the world. It is only the lack of ideas that keep people ignorant of the opportunities in their surroundings. If you cannot dream of big goals or develop the will to execute, you’ll end up working for someone that does.

“Opportunities don’t happen. You create them.” Chris Grosser.

If you can dream it, you can do it.” Walt Disney.

“Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere.” Albert Einstein.

“A ship in the harbour is safe, but that is not what ships are built for.” John A. Shedd.

“Everyone lives by selling something.” Robert Louis Stevenson.

“Always do your best. What you plant now, you will harvest later.” Og Mandino.

2. Do not just think of starting a business, but do it.

Putting words into action keeps unnecessary explanations after failing to put things in motion. Procrastination is the thief of time. Sometimes later becomes never so do it now.

“The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.” Walt Disney.

“If you really want to do something, you’ll find a way. If you don’t, you’ll find an excuse.” Jim Rohn.

“Be content to act, and leave the talking to others.” Baltasa.

“I never dreamed about success, I worked for it.” Estee Lauder.

“Have the end in mind and every day make sure your are working towards it” Ryan Allis.

“Knowledge without action is meaningless.” Abu Bakr:

“Some people dream of success, while other people get up every morning and make it happen.” Wayne Huizenga.

“I’d rather regret the things I’ve done than regret the things I haven’t done.” Lucille Ball.

“The secret of getting ahead is getting started.” Mark Twain.

“Forget past mistakes. Forget failures. Forget everything except what you’re going to do now and do it.” William Durant

3. Always start your business small, learn to grow and grow with time; Do not think of get-rich-quick schemes.

“If you really look closely, most overnight successes took a long time.” Steve Jobs.

“Someone is sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago.” Warren Buffett.

“You need not have a 100-person company to develop that idea.” Larry Page.

“If you cannot do great things, do small things in a great way.” Napoleon Hill.

“Be patient with yourself. Self-growth is tender; it’s holy ground. There’s no greater investment.” Stephen Covey.

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4.Be proud of your business.

Do not be shy or let people discourage you for what you feel is your work of love, even if people look down at the business.

“Successful people do what unsuccessful people are not willing to do. Don’t wish it were easier; wish you were better.” Jim Rohn.

“Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful.” Albert Schweitzer.

“Don’t be distracted by criticism. Remember–the only taste of success some people get is to take a bite out of you.” Zig Ziglar

“Paying attention to simple little things that most men neglect makes a few men rich.” Henry Ford.

“To be successful, you have to have your heart in your business, and your business in your heart.” Thomas Watson.

5. Do not let failure discourage you, or let you give-up, be vigilant and prepared to face the risk.

“Never give in except to convictions of honour and good sense.” Winston Churchill.

“Many of life’s failures are people who did not realise how close they were to success when they gave up.” Thomas Edison.

“Success is walking from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm.” Winston Churchill.

“Expect the best. Prepare for the worst. Capitalise on what comes.” Zig Ziglar.

“In order to succeed, your desire for success should be greater than your fear of failure.” Bill Cosby.

“All progress takes place outside the comfort zone.” Michael John Bobak.

“Don’t let the fear of losing be greater than the excitement of winning.” Robert Kiyosaki.

“The only limit to our realisation of tomorrow will be our doubts of today.” Franklin D. Roosevelt.

“Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved.” Helen Keller.

“Failure defeats losers, failure inspires winners.” Robert T. Kiyosaki.

“Success seems to be connected with action. Successful people keep moving. They make mistakes, but they don’t quit.” Conrad Hilton

“There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure.” Colin Powell

6. Learn from your mistakes.

“Formal education will make you a living; self-education will make you a fortune.” Jim Rohn.

“I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” Thomas Edison.

“Develop success from failures. Discouragement and failure are two of the surest stepping stones to success.” Dale Carnegie.

7. Believe that you can do it, have the courage and the zeal.

“Courage is being scared to death, but saddling up anyway.” John Wayne.

“Energy and persistence conquer all things.” -Benjamin Franklin.

“The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather a lack of will.” Vince Lombardi.

“It is your determination and persistence that will make you a successful person.” Kenneth J Hutchins.

“Success is not final; failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.” Winston Churchill.

8. Do everything with a difference, be unique and create your brand; Sell cheap, give quality and win the competition.

“The secret of success is to do the common thing uncommonly well.” John D. Rockefeller, Jr.

“The secret to success is to know something nobody else knows.” Aristotle Onassis

“It’s not just about being better. It’s about being different. You need to give people a reason to choose your business.” Tom Abbott.

9. Treasure your customers. Keep in mind that the customer is always right. Let them build a good testimony and reputation because of your business ethics.

“Your most unhappy customers are your greatest source of learning.” Bill Gates,

“If you are not taking care of your customer, your competitor will.” Bob Hooey.

“The golden rule for every businessman is this: Put yourself in your customer’s place.” Orison Swett Marden.

“Without a customer, you don’t have a business -all you have is a hobby.” Don Peppers.

10. Associate yourself with the right people.

Prefer to spend much of your social time with successful people in your area of interest. Such people will impact you with useful ideas to raise because of the power of association.

Walk with the wise and become wise; associate with fools and get in trouble.” Proverbs 13 verse 20 (New Living Translation/ NLT)

Albert Einstein: “Try not to become a man of success. Rather become a man of value.”

11. Build powerful connections in both the vertical and horizontal directions to establish reliable relationships with both God and humankind.

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart; Do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take.” Proverbs 3, verses 5 and 6 (NLT).

“The blessing of the Lord makes a person rich, and he adds no sorrow to it.” Proverbs 10, verse 22 (NLT)

“You can make your own plans, but the Lord gives the right answer.” Proverbs 16 verse 1 (NLT)

“Commit your actions to the Lord, and your plans will succeed.” Proverbs 16, verse 3.

“We can make our plans, but the Lord determines our steps.” Proverbs 16, verse 9.

12. Do not occupy yourself thinking of problems, but work more on implementing solutions.

“Identify your problems but give your power and energy to solutions.” Tony Robbin.

“Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goal.” Henry Ford.

13. Plan, set goals and work to timely achieve them.

“A goal is a dream with a deadline.” Napoleon Hill.

Don’t stop when you’re tired. Stop when you’re done.

Wake up with determination. Go to bed with satisfaction.

14. Do not over-invest.

“Don’t risk more than you can afford to lose!” The Backroads Bosslady.

Author: Benson Boyede

Article Editor: Tapiwa Masikati-Mudzamba