35 Keys to Business Success By Jake Jabs

Jake Jabs in the Founder & President of American Furniture Warehouse. He is the quintessential All-American entrepreneur.

These principles are key to business success. Remarkable men have coined some of these phrases. But more than that, they’ve lived by them. Adopt these thoughts daily and you’re bound to net the rewards you seek.

1. Fulfill a demand and you will be successful.

2. Be honest and you will never have to worry about what you said before.

3. Give value and service.

4. Live below your means.

5. Don’t go into business just to make money.

6. Don’t be afraid to sell cheap, have the best prices in town.

7. Business must have a value to society and not just a profit machine for the family.

8. Believe in the free enterprise system.

9. Believe the United States is the land of opportunity.

10. Believe we are living in the greatest time in the history of the world.

11. Get an education. This develops confidence and opens doors.

12. Develop an art form and hobbies. These will help you through the trouble times.

13. Develop confidence in yourself. Organize your time, make a list and move priorities to the top.

14. Keep physically fit, it helps your mental attitude.

15. Worry not about tomorrow because tomorrow will take care of itself.

16. It’s ok to be a work-a-holic. Hard work is good for you. It can be therapeutic.

17. Challenge yourself.

18. Be a risk taker.

19. Learn to say no.

20. Enthusiasm will always be contagious.

21. To achieve success you must swallow your ego. Ego trips can break you.

22. If you enjoy what you are doing you may never have to work a day in your life.

23. A successful person is one who does the task nobody else will do.

24. Keep your house in order.

25. To succeed you have to be willing to fail.

26. A great man is one who can walk with the common man but talk with kings.

27. Success is achieving what is important to you.

28. Be a good steward with what God has given you.

29. Don’t love money. The love of money is the root of all evil.

30. Talk health, happiness and prosperity to every person you meet.

31. Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country.

32. Competition is the spice of life. If forces lower prices and gives more value.

33. Small business-entrepreneurship is the life blood of America.

34. We must teach free enterprise, free market, entrepreneurship and capitalism in our schools.

35. Get involved in your community.

Read Jake’s interview in the expanded edition of 50 Interviews: Entrepreneurs Thriving in Uncertain Times by Brian Schwartz