16 top tips for entrepreneurial success

Advice from successful members of the Young Presidents’ Organisation
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1. “Listen to everyone and don’t judge. Always be positive. It works” – Jenene Ronick, CEO of Luxury Attache, a global luxury lifestyle company.
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2. “Trust your gut – if you feel like something is not right, you should probably address it” – Jessica Mah, CEO and co-founder of inDinero, an accounting software company.
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3. “A true entrepreneur is that rare person who is able to combine an audacity of a dream, a clarity of a vision and a relentless drive with the limitations of reality” – Amar Sharany, YPO since 2002, Founder Chairman in/PACT.
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4. “Leadership is service, and I am always inspired by those who I aim to serve” – Santiago Sanchez, Mexico, 2015-2016 YPO International Chairman, President of COA Internacional, a company specialising in dental trade.
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5. “An entrepreneur listens to that inner voice pushing them towards a higher calling, and plows forward with the tenacity to use any and all resources to turn their vision into reality” – Emily Anderson-Greene, YPO since 2011, President of VIVA Creative, a marketing company.
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6. “Don’t let the momentum of a certain situation carry you into a bad decision” – Rick Kimball, YPO since 2010, CEO of HEXL Healthcare, a company providing healthcare technology.
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7. “The most important thing a leader can do is to give people a sense of purpose beyond themselves” – Adam Goodman, CEO of Goodman’s Interior Structures, an interior design and construction based company.
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8. “People first, then profit” - Lavina Valiram, Creative Director of FLOW, a fashion retail company.
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9. “An entrepreneur is someone who takes the leadership and the risk of building an enterprise that adds value to society while generating sustainable profits” – Fred Mouawad, CEO of Synergia One Group of Companies, a management consultancy & co-guardian of the 125-year-old Mouawad family jewelry and watch business.
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10. “Celebrate achievements before moving on to new challenges” – Samer Halawi, CEO of Thuraya Telecommunications, a mobile satellite communications company.
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11. “The entrepreneurial spirit is encapsulated by an insatiable curiosity and the eagerness to try new things without worrying about being judged” – Russ Pullan, YPO since 2006, Chairman of the board at EvoEnergy Solar.
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12. “Write down your values. Know your values. Never compromise on your values” – Kelly Mooney, YPO since 1998, CEO of Resource, a digital marketing agency.
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13. “An entrepreneur is a person who dares to go out and do” – Anastasios Economou, Athens, Greece, YPO since 2005, Founder of iGroup, an investment holder company.
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14. “If you’re not passionate about it, don’t waste your time on it” – Adarsh Radia, Founder of Telenomics, an O2 mobile network franchise.
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15. “It is not what you know. It is about the questions you ask that makes for an inspiring and effective leader” – Umang Bedi, YPO since 2013, MD Adobe, South Asia, a software company.
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16. “An entrepreneur knows how to pick up after any fall and start again but, every time, stronger and more confident than the time before” – Neveen El Tahri, Cairo, Egypt, YPO since 2001, MD of Delta Shield for Investment, a financial services company.