You’ve planted the seed. Now help it grow.

Being an entrepreneur is difficult. Long hours, financial uncertainty, and a whole lot of risk are involved. But if you’ve gotten to a point where your work is starting to pay off, don’t just sit back and rest on your laurels. Being proactive about your ideas — and yourself — is important to sustaining your long-term growth.

Be receptive. The business world is constantly in flux, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. A fundamental change to the essence of your business could be right around the corner — how prepared are you for it? Being highly adaptive and flexible can be one of your strongest assets.

Be creative. There’s a challenge before you. One that many others have faced in the past. What will you do that’s different, fresh, and unique? Thinking creatively in all aspects can help you realize that many boundaries aren’t as ironclad as you might think.

Be a team player. Not even the most driven individual can do absolutely everything. Hire the right people and give them the freedom and flexibility they need to execute their mission — and yours. Investing in the right people is one of the most important decisions you can make.

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