Subtle Signs of Success Waiting to Happen

After having watched several seasons of Dragons’ Den and examining the pitches that landed deals, I started to notice a pattern. That was compounded with my involvement with various social network sites which target entrepreneurs and small businesses, and I started to realize that there are certain patterns in the successful businesses.

That’s not, of course, to say that every business has to have all, or even any, of these factors. These are just the patterns I’ve noticed.


First, the people involved in the business are motivated to succeed. They have a burning desire to see the business do well, and are pushing hard to make things work. They are, in general, fairly motivated people – at least when it comes to something that interests them.


The people in the business are very much self-aware, in that they know both their strengths and their weaknesses, and exploit both to the advantage of all around them.


Successful people look for answers to their questions, and aren’t afraid to say they don’t know. They are constantly learning as they encounter new and changing circumstances.


Life is constantly evolving, and successful businesses are likewise changing over time. A business that cannot adapt to changes will eventually become obsolete, especially in the area of technology, which is evolving at an incredibly rapid rate.


If you want to be successful, you have to be proud of what you’re doing. You have to know how to toot your own horn without sounding arrogant, how to show off your accomplishments without foisting them on reluctant audiences.

What do you have in your business? Are there other subtle signs that you’ve noticed? I’d love to hear about them!