How to think BIG

Learning how to think big is key to reaching success in business, but just how do you do it? Here are some tips.

Find supporters.

When you think big, sometimes you will fail. When that happens, you need to have friends and colleagues there to support you. They will help give you the motivation to try again and they will reinvigorate your faith in yourself. When your self-confidence lags, they will be there to boost it back up. Supportive people will also be there with suggestions for how to improve your idea so that it succeeds the next time.

Have a likeable attitude.

Ultimately, other people play a huge role in your success. You will need people to help make introductions and recommendations and feel invested in your ideas and goals. In order to get that, you need to be likeable. Attitude is key as to whether or not someone will go out of their way to help promote you and your message.

Be a learner.

To think big you need to be willing to learn and incorporate new ideas. Learning isn’t just a process that you complete – it’s an attitude and a way of life. In order to get the right information and input that you need to think big and succeed in doing so, you need to become a lifelong learner.

Do what is uncomfortable.

When you are trying to think big, you will need to do new and unusual things. Take Lady Gaga, for instance. Nobody can accuse her of failing to think big – but in doing so, she risks constant ridicule and failure. To think big (in a less bizarre way) you will need to do things that may cause you to risk failure, so you’ll need to get comfortable with the idea of being uncomfortable, both when you try new things and when the things you try fail.

Recognize that failure happens.

Everybody fails sometimes. Not every idea succeeds. There are myriad stories of famous people who failed many times before finally succeeding. However, people who are successful at thinking big recognize that failure is just a step on the pathway to success – it isn’t the final destination.

Set reasonable goals.

If you consistently fail at the goals you set, you’ll get discouraged. You can make your goals amazing without making them unattainable and, if you’re to stay motivated, it is really key that you find a balance between these two extremes.

Can Akdeniz

Can Akdeniz is the author of seven books and founder of Business Hacker, a popular business blog. His books such as Go Nuts, Cool Boss, Happy Company and MBA 2.0 have changed how people think about business, productivity and work.