When Apple Computer first started, there was a management shake-up and Steve Jobs was let go. Instead of sulking about it, Jobs created the company Next which Apple later bought. Jobs would once again be the CEO of Apple. He led the company out of bankruptcy and made it the powerhouse it is today. It is unclear after his death if anyone can match the success that he brought to the company.
But do you need to be a visionary on the scale that Steve Jobs was in order to succeed with your business? While it certainly can help, you can still create a vision for your business that is not on the same level as Apple. Remember that Apple has shareholders to provide funding to the enterprise. Most small business owners don’t have that luxury and yet, they manage to increase their profits over time.
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Success is also a subjective term. What one considers success others may consider just a starting point. Success isn’t always about money either. If you gain a following of several thousands of people, you may consider this a success. Hopefully, those followers will eventually help you bring in some cash if that is the goal of your business.
The term visionary can take on different meanings depending on who you talk to. If your local hardware store is able to compete with the likes of the giants like Home Depot or Lowe’s, you may consider the owner a visionary as that is no easy feat to accomplish.
Others may believe that you cannot become wealthy without being a visionary. Not everyone needs to be wealthy to consider themselves successful. There are plenty of people who are happy with being able to pay their bills and have a little extra at the end of the month to enjoy life a bit. Even the term wealthy is going to mean different things to different people. If you are a millionaire does that enter you into the ranks of the wealthy? Or do you need to escalate to the $100 Million club? Some would believe that only billionaires can be considered wealthy.
While being a visionary would be wonderful, it is not obtainable for most business owners. A viable alternative is to create a business that helps people out in some way or another. Find solutions to problems that people are experiencing and they will come beating down your door to get them.