A New Hope
SMEs now account for over 99 per cent of all UK businesses and are critical to the recovery post-recession. How do they now lead the country into economic recovery?
Realistically, small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) now account for over 99 per cent of all UK businesses and for over half of all private sector employment; so you guys are critical to the recovery post-recession.
The business arena has had a difficult time in the last three years and, as per the Law of Competition, the businesses that aren't going to survive have already closed their doors within that period.
So how do all those people who started out on the route to self-employment with a bright idea and determination to succeed and overcame the uncertainty of the tough times, lead the country into economic recovery? Personal engagement with individuals is my cry!
People rarely do fantastically well at anything unless they have fun doing it. Carnegie says, "I have known people who did well because they had a rip-roaring good time conducting their business. Later, I saw those people change as the fun became work. The business had grown dull. They lost all joy in it and they failed.
"You must have a good time meeting people if you expect them to have a good time meeting you."
A New Breed of Entrepreneur
As the doom and gloom of the recession subsides, I believe we'll see a backlash against this attitude and a move towards the evolution of the entrepreneur.
An entrepreneur who acts on their ideas, takes risks and thinks outside the box. An entrepreneur who has boundless energy, steely determination, unshakable self-belief and who embraces the thrill of business.
I'll leave you with the words of Marden, whose book Pushing to the Front brought America out of the terrible Depression a century ago!
"There is no failure for the person who realises their power, who never knows when they are beaten; there is no failure for the determined endeavour; the unconquerable will.
"There is no failure for those who get up every time they fall, rebound like a rubber ball, persist when everyone else gives up & pushes on when all turn back".