4 Key Business Lessons from UK's Most Successful Olympian

The latest poll from CardProcessing.co.uk shows some worrying statistics from UK business owners, with the vast majority believing that further education isn't the way to take a business forward in to 2013 and beyond.

Lincolnshire, United Kingdom, August 06, 2012 --(PR.com)-- "A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty" - Winston Churchill

While there is always a certain degree of luck that comes with winning an Olympic Games medal, winning 6, of which 5 are gold takes much more. It takes something that some businesses execute without thinking twice and more worryingly found usually among the failing businesses, an air of self-worth and a lack to motivation to progress.

http://www.cardprocessing.co.uk found that a hefty 55% of businesses that where polled did not believe that further education of their employees was worth undertaking.

But what can the majority of businesses learn from Sir Chris Hoy?

- Never Stop Learning.
If we do not continue to learn, we will not develop. Not necessarily meaning that you have to cart your employees off on to training courses, but what are they learning on the job? Are you ensuring people learn from their mistakes, or do you rule with an iron fist so that no one likes to admit to doing wrong?

- No "I' in Team.
There are some jobs which require a hands on, one person approach, but 9 out of 10 times, there will be tasks that need undertaken that would require more than 1 person - this means that people will have to work as a team... a team means a joint effort with a final target in view, not several people working on the same item.

- Planning & Preparation.
Prior planning and preparation prevents poor performance. However, planning should never be set in stone - your business needs to be flexible enough to change and make new plans when things go wrong, or good, but failing to plan in the first instance is setting everyone up for a fall on the very first hurdle.

- True Grit & Determination to Win.
Optimists are more likely to succeed than any optimist, that's because optimism breads determination. Once you begin to feel like you are going to fail, it's in most peoples human nature to just give up.

While the Olympic Games are on, CardProcessing.co.uk are offering cut-down card machine rates for new business owners and special rates for those that wish to switch to a new service that has one of the UKs lowest merchant account costs.
John Sydney James
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