There is no single skill or habit that every successful entrepreneur possesses. Different entrepreneurs have different skills and abilities that play a role in defining their success. However, there are some habits that experts recommend for every entrepreneur who wants to successful. One such characteristic is punctuality.
Being disciplined is not restricted only to school life and teenage life at home. Discipline should be in-built, apparent at every wake of life especially once you become an entrepreneur. Disciplined people are successful more often than not because they instantly hit a cord when they meet with people. If you are not disciplined you can’t expect to be successful. It is as simple and harsh as that.
Discipline is about manners, the way you communicate, the way you behave, your body language, your professionalism, and of course your punctuality. Are you punctual? Do you keep commitments? Do you arrive on time or are you almost always late? If you are punctual, you put yourself in the driver’s seat automatically. Coming late and wasting everyone’s time shows negligence and unprofessionalism.
When you make it a point to arrive on time, you instantly send a message across to everyone that your time is limited and precious. You have other commitments as well and you intend on seeing them through on time as well. When you are punctual, people around you will respect your time. Within your workplace, you will automatically inspire your employees to follow suit and to always be punctual. Outside your workplace, while meeting with clients and vendors, you will have the moral authority because you show that you respect everyone’s time and appreciate the fact that they took time out of their busy schedules to meet up with you. Don’t forget at any point of time that you are not the only one that’s busy. Everyone has commitments, only a few know how to keep them.
When you are not punctual you portray that you have no regard for others’ time and this can severely work against you. In fact, there are entrepreneurs who have lost clients and deals because they simply fail to keep their commitments. In a recent survey, a number of successful entrepreneurs enunciated that they do not like establishing work ties with a company that does not respect the importance of punctuality.
If you are not punctual and/or have the habit of breaking promises of commitment, it is time to change before it is too late.
Discipline is the thick line that separates successful from failed entrepreneurs. If you wish to be successful, it is important that you keep your commitments and always make it a point to fulfill them on time. Delay and negligence will harm your reputation and your business.