Ten tips for success

28 March 2014

Although it’s the best start to get ahead in life, top marks in school isn’t the only key to business success. This message comes from successful local businessman Alex Pestana, portfolio manager at Counterpoint Asset Management.

Although it’s the best start to get ahead in life, top marks in school isn’t the only key to business success. This message comes from successful local businessman Alex Pestana, portfolio manager at Counterpoint Asset Management.

“There are some very successful people who’ve made a lot of money but have never seen the inside of a university,” Alex says. So what’s the key to doing well? He shares his top 10 tips.

Never stop learning

“Never think you know everything – there’s always something new to discover. Anyone can be a teacher to you.”

Always ask why

“Be inquisitive and find out! There’s no such thing as a stupid question. You might be surprised how many people are willing to help you – for mahala!”

Learn from others’ mistakes

“When you’re young it’s a good idea to have a mentor – someone who can show you the ropes and teach you lessons from their own experience. To learn tough lessons in business is expensive – rather learn from other people’s mistakes.”

Your attitude determines everything

“Don’t allow your background or other challenges to become an excuse. Many successful people have had to overcome various obstacles to achieve success. Your attitude should always be, ‘Yes, I can!’”

You’ll have to work hard

“Work isn’t child’s play – hard work is the only thing that will make you better than your competitors. There’s no substitute for hard work!”

Know what your values are

“Make sure your actions show others you’re reliable, honest and diligent. And always be on time! The world isn’t going to wait for you to get your act together.”

Be economical

“Don’t spend money unnecessarily, especially when you start a new business. Be careful of loans and debt. Saving money will teach you discipline.”

Communicate

“Talk to people and praise them for good work. People enjoy working with others who can clearly communicate their needs and who notice their hard work.”

Practise diversity

“Everyone likes people who think just like them but it’s crucial to listen to more than one opinion. You’ll never have all the answers. Perhaps someone with a different point of view can come up with an interesting solution.”

 Build relationships

“To run a successful business you have to have people you can trust to get the job done. Business isn’t about money or bank statements – it’s about relationships.”

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