Prominent or Significant? What’s the difference?

To be Prominent or Significant?

Many people seek prominence. This desire for prominence is spread across all areas of human activity, business, politics, entertainment, sport, family, religion, charity and more. Now certainly in something like entertainment it can be said that being prominent will draw attention to the entertainer and might get them more work. In today’s world of social media and the ability to broadcast one’s image to potentially millions, a desire for prominence has grown along with the ability to achieve it.

However, in life prominence does not mean that you are significant or important other than perhaps in your own eyes. For example in a company, some people will be very prominent but in reality, the success of the company is built on people who are unknown to most. Non-prominent individuals within companies are doing work that is vital and if they did not do it well or at all, would spell disaster for the company. These non-prominent people are indeed significant.

Prominent people can, in fact, become a distraction and even a danger to the business. A prominent person can say or do things that can suddenly plunge a company into the news for all the wrong reasons. Many readers might remember Gerald Ratner and his infamous after dinner speech that caused his downfall and seriously damaged a business’ reputation to the point of near collapse.

I am sure that you would rather be a significant person in your business and have people working for you that are significant and who make a positive difference.

The question to ask yourself is when it comes to your business is: Are you prominent or significant?


Fear of Failure?

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Fear of Failure

Millions of people would love to start their own business. The question is why don’t they?
When you question people about their desire to start their own business you will usually see reasons which point to fear of failure. This is understandable, especially if they fear losing money and possibly their home. However perhaps such fear is because they are overthinking their business dream. In their mind it might well be that they start the business, give up their employment and then see some reasons that will cause their business to fail.
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It’s probably true that many of the most successful entrepreneurs were already broke, out of work and in a desperate situation. They had to make their business work and to start it with little or no resources. They had nothing to lose and everything to gain. Such entrepreneurs were more scared of staying in their current situation than scared of the business failing.

Should you avoid starting to avoid the fear of failure?

It could be said that if you are financially comfortable and relatively happy in your employment then it might be better to just keep your business ideas as a dream. Without some driving factors and a passion for your business then failure is more likely than success. No matter what business you start you are going to have to work hard to succeed and at times struggle with many issues. Without that passion and desire, it will be a very hard place to be. For many successful people, the fear of failure is also a driving force. They don’t want to fail and so rather than put them off trying things the fear of failing makes them test out new ideas and methods.

Fear of failure – it can drive you to success

However if you have the desire and passion for your business ideas and are prepared to work hard and focus your time and energy in the right way you will succeed. There will no need for you to have a fear of failure.


Melanie Duncan’s Tips & Strategies for Building a Successful Online Business

Melanie Duncan’s Tips & Strategies for Building a Successful Online Business

Melanie Duncan has grown 3 incredibly successful online businesses, which now generate over $3 million every year. Here she shares how she got started and her top tips for how to build a successful online business.

Here is a video that I am sure you will enjoy watching.