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Tuesday, 30 December 2014 23:28

Five essential elements for success in 2015

I am writing this article on a fine Sunday evening, while enjoying a delicious glass of cabernet sauvignon wine. I am on 'vacation' (or something like that). As a small business owner, I never really go on vacation 100 percent, but I knew that was part of the deal when I decided five and a half years ago to become an entrepreneur. As I type these words I can't hide the grin that has been stamped on my face for a few days now. I had a wonderful year both personally and professionally - and 2015 will be even better, as long as I continue to do things right.

Do things right. Isn't that what life is all about? You're probably familiar with Confucius's Golden Rule of Reciprocity - an ethical code of morality that states that 'one should treat others as one would like others to treat oneself.' This rule can be applied in every single aspect of our personal and professional lives. As I grow older, I am becoming more appreciative of honest feedback, open conversations and blunt reality. The better I can see and understand my shortcomings (or those of my business), the greater my chances are to grow and better serve my clientele. As I take stock of my year and plan for 2015, five essential elements for success come to mind:

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