The Footprint of Success Stories of Impact from Leaders & Entrepreneurs
Footprints are an indication that someone has traveled on a certain path. They determine the activities and direction of where someone has been. They are often used as clues recognized as progress. Success begins with a first step and ends with a trail of prints. Throughout this book, you will discover how each individual left their footprints and how they are all uniquely designed for their journey. There is no footprint the same. These entrepreneurs and leaders took the initiative to learn which footprints became transferable skills to advance them professionally. If you are desiring to become an entrepreneur or want to advance your career, adhere to the advice each of these people used in their lives and business. They discuss topics ranging from networking, communication, leadership values, creating opportunities and the list goes on. Each chapter is jam-packed with nuggets of what it takes to be a leader. They disclose their experiences and methods so their leadership may be duplicated. Some discuss their failures because failing taught them their greatest lessons. Leadership requires organizing and motivating people to achieve a Introduction - 2 - desired objective through innovation, risk optimization, utilization of opportunity, and management of the dynamic organizational environment. Entrepreneurs implement these same qualities for their businesses to be successful. Entrepreneurship is about creating your own freedom. What does that looks like? To the entrepreneur and leader, it is providing an opportunity for others to be creative and help them discover the best ways for them to use their skills and talents. As one uncovers their inner-leader and inner-entrepreneur, they have to develop certain characteristics. These traits may be instinctive, but they may lay dormant due to a lack of confidence or exposure. Whether an individual obtains a master’s degree or works in a factory, they can both excel through leadership abilities within them. For entrepreneurial leaders, there is no overnight success. In fact, they are still using the lessons and information they have gleaned with self-development in their businesses and corporations. They all obtain a clear vision for their business and team. They know where they want to go and what they can do to get there. Each of them started with a vision of where and how they wanted to live and they used their business(es) as a vehicle to arrive at their desired destination. In their own words they have identified some of the footprints on their path. They discuss how they approach that path from opportunities, to problem-solving—their perspective of their paths has moved them from surviving to thriving. You will read how purpose driven they are and see each of them add tremendous value to the world of entrepreneurs and leadership. Through the next 13 chapters, you will see how one group of humble leaders are imprinting their world.