Do motivational speeches irk you? Are you tired of hearing the same ‘7 ways to succeed in business’ speech over and over again? Do you want useful, helpful information instead? If this is you, you are in good company.

If you are given the opportunity to ask any successful business owner you admire and you are allowed to ask him/her one question, what would you ask such a person?

While there is no fast route to success, there are habits that all successful business owners have in common. When you emulate them, you are sure to see a significant difference in your own business.

In this article, we will be discussing  positive denominators that are common to successful business owners and how you can replicate them.

  • Be intentional with your business culture 

Highly successful business owners claim their business success to have an improved business culture. In every organisation, the prevailing business culture clearly impacts on every aspect of the business. When employees are clear about the cultures and values of a business, they are conditioned to act in line with the values of the  business.

The same goes for you. It is very important to have solid principles that shape your business operations – a business without values will crash in no time. Verbally communicate this clearly to your employees in such a way that they fully understand and act as conveyors of your business values.

Culture also plays a huge role when hiring. You must be intentional about building a team that fits into your business culture. As discussed extensively in this article, culture fit ranks higher when hiring than any skill will.

  • Customers come first

It is no news that the most successful businesses are the ones who keep their customers happy. Understanding and pleasuring your customer needs is what will keep you business. No matter how great your business ideas are or how much capital you must have raised, if you do not have customers to sell to, in no time you will be out of business.

Building and maintaining strong customer relationships are important for sustainable business growth. Returning customers are happy customers. Happy customers will become advocates for your brand.

To successfully place your customers needs at first place, the following 3 step process will steer you in the right direction:

  1. Keep an open line of communication with your customers
  2. Make your customers feel appreciated.
  3. Be reliable.

To learn more about serving customers better, read this article.

  1. Never stop learning

It is a proven fact that the most successful people in the world are the ones who learn something new every day. Successful business owners are knowledge-seekers.

In building a successful business, you must be open to learning new skills, ideas, and methods, as it will keep you equipped with the necessary knowledge needed to make better business decisions.

  • Surround yourself with a positive community

Many successful business owners would attribute their success to having a strong support community. Surrounding oneself with like-minded and highly successful people in their own domain is a major recipe for success. Think about this; you have access to incredibly smart people who you can text, jump on a call with, or grab of cup of coffee with to bounce ideas off them as soon as the need arises.

Final thoughts…

Incorporating these habits can go a long way in helping you reach your optimal business goals. To ensure you are building a lasting business, commit yourself to making small improvements each day and see how much you will accomplish in no time. 

What other positive habits do you think entrepreneurs should have?


Olufolake is the resident storyteller at Dukka. Without me, the world would just be aweso.

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