The 6 Most Inspiring Things We Heard from Our Readers

This quarter I’m focusing on improving my delegation and automation skills, but there is one thing I’m too selfish to delegate: running an entrepreneur contest we host called Start Small Win Big

In the three years that SUCCESS has hosted the challenge, I’ve found such inspiration from the collaboration among participants and the amazing stories you’ve shared with us. I love this contest so much that I want to do it myself, even when it doesn’t make sense to. For example, I’m not a designer, but I insisted on designing the first set of image quotes found in the weekly newsletters myself.

In Step 7, we learn about time management, and with that comes the good advice to do the things only you can do and delegate the rest to those who can do it better or faster than you. So, it took me until Week 7 to delegate design to our social media coordinator Ashley, but I finally did and she did a fabulous job. It seems like a simple, singular lesson—delegation, but I learn and grow from every single one of those simple lessons. And that’s what this contest is all about, taking small individual steps to create larger, cohesive results. 

Here are six inspiring lessons we learned from you, culled from article and essay comments. There’s still time to be named 2015 Start Small Win Big winner. Submit your contest entry by June 22 and you could be chosen to win two exclusive in-person mentoring sessions with small business expert Rieva Lesonsky and SUCCESS publisher Darren Hardy. #SSWB

1. Recognize the point where preparation must yield to action.  

“One word in this article hits home—ACTION. When do you interrupt preparation and planning, and just dive in? So I’m jumping in halfway through this contest, pushing past the fear to finally flip on the open sign!”

2. Don’t let past hurts take away your “20-year-old” attitude.

“The reality is, the more we experience situations in life, some which impact us in negative ways, we retreat inward as a defense mechanism. This is clearly fear. After personal reflection, I’ve formulated a plan of action to overcome my fears. I will regain my “20-year-old” attitude of “I can do it.””

3. To sail your own course, sometimes you have to jump ship.

“After spending most my life making other organization’s dreams come true, I finally followed my heart and jumped ship. The uncharted waters are chilly, but I only wish I would’ve jumped sooner!”

4. External confidence can help refill your internal coffers of confidence.

“I learned a lot about how I am perceived by others—that people would choose to do business with me because of me and not necessarily because of what I was offering. When people believe in me that much, they obviously saw something in me—during a time of despair I was beginning to question. I have gotten this far, even with all of the various hurdles I have overcome, I know that success is just around the next corner.”

5. Jim Rohn said you’re not a tree, but you’re also not an island alone.

“When I engaged with the other participants, they were willing to give of their time to review my website and offer suggestions or ask questions. No value can really be put on that. It was like having our own little, unofficial mastermind group.”

6. Visit to learn something new, every day.

“I always thought if I could organize the important parts of my life and work on those, life would get better every day. Browsing the web, I came upon and there it was—a eureka moment. All the headers on the page showed parts of life I knew mattered most for me. I quickly grabbed a notebook and scribbled them down, and began an amazing journey to make my and my family’s life extraordinary in every way.”

Catch up on everything that’s happened in the 2015 SUCCESS Start Small Win Big Challenge at #SSWB


Journalist, podcaster and southpaw Shelby Skrhak is the former director of digital content and social media for Before joining SUCCESS magazine, Shelby launched the weekly suburban newspaper Plano Insider, and covered topics ranging from cops and courts to transportation and fashion. Her handwriting should be a font.

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