The best you can be

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A few days ago, I was interviewed for a local student paper. They wanted to get an insight into what it means to be a business coach and to help people to start their own business. The aim was to clear up some myths around start-ups and to get some tips on how to start-up right.

We went through the usual questions about fear, finance and success, and I told them a few stories from my clients and that I believe that passion for what you do is a great helper.

I want to see all my clients be successful in their business, and for that, I learn and practice my skills consistently and without fail. Because I want this so much, I created habits that keep me on track, always developing and learning because I genuinely believe that my clients deserve the best.

I put this down to passion. Passion for what I do and for the people I work with.

If you found a way to help and to create real value for people, you have a business. All you need to do now is to find a way to be able to do this consistently over a longer period. For this, you need to design your business model that gives you the framework. But foremost, you need to keep working on your skills to create value consistently.
That is all that a business is about.

There is a lot of talk about fear and failure, but truly, this only exists in our head. It’s tough to fail to help others while improving yourself. Failure only comes into play if you stop learning and growing.

When I was at school, a teacher told me once that it is not essential to get the best notes. He said, it is crucial to be the best you can be, and that was all he expected.

But what does that mean?

What is the best you can be?

How do you measure this, and when do you know that you reach that level?

I had no idea, but I took it seriously, and I started measuring my success every day.
The crazy thing is that I will never reach the best I can be, and at the same time, I am the best I’ve ever been.

During the interview, they asked me a very interesting question:
Why did you choose to help people to start-up their own business?

The first thing that came to my mind happened a few months ago when I met one of my former clients. He told me about his fantastic business and how he is so glad that he took the steps and started this business. He told me about the ups and downs he went through and how he almost gave up. At the end of our meeting, he said:

“Thank you so much for all the help you gave me at the beginning and for all the things you’ve taught me over the year we worked together. But most importantly, thank you for being so strong on teaching me to be persistent and to keep going. This is the secret of my success.”

This is exactly why I love what I do. These moments when it all worked out and when I can see and feel how my hard work has changed a life.

At the end of the interview, the students asked me for a single piece of advice I could give to them.

Well, what else could I say:

Be the best you can be!

John Di Stefano

An entrepreneur at heart and founder of the Entrepreneur Academy in Brussels, Belgium, this site is run by John di Stefano, teaching and supporting entrepreneurs to learn the skills every entrepreneur needs to create a better life for themselves and the people around them.

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