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Startup – again: How to rediscover your entrepreneurial self

Herb Kelleher, founder of Southwest Airlines, said, “Think small and act small, and we’ll get bigger. Think big and act big, and we’ll get smaller.” It’s important to stay lean and sharp in the business world, but it takes effort to rekindle the creative and entrepreneurial juices that got you where you are now. Kelleher’s words are a great reminder to think of your business as a startup every day. Often when we’ve been in business or in the same position for many years, no matter the level of success we’ve obtained, we lose that initial feeling of hunger for business, fear of failure, and incredible drive for achievement. To continue a successful business trajectory, you need to consisten

Delegate: Both you and your staff will increase skills, trust, and judgment

When your company is just starting out, your success depends on you making all the large- and small-scale business decisions, from negotiating with investors and configuring the budget to answering the phones and ordering paperclips for the office. You wear these different hats because you want to ensure your business’s success, and you want your business to reflect your best efforts. However, once your company has its footing and you begin to transition toward growth, that’s when it’s time to delegate. “When you grow, you have to know when to let go,” says business guru and bestselling author Harvey Mackay. Delegating is key to ensuring the longevity of your company; it allows your employee