Successful Entrepreneurs Approach Business Idols

infoQ: You have the chance to ask your business idol one question. What would it be, and why is that a good question to ask?

A: What was your biggest “A-ha!” moment? “I’d like to know their biggest ‘A-ha!’ moments; the epiphanies that helped them pivot, succeed, leap over a major hurdle or work through a failure to get to the next level. There are a ton of articles on success and failures and growing and dying in business, but most gloss the surface of the true experience and personal mind shift the entrepreneur went through.” Angela Delmedico, Elev8 Consulting Group

What’s non-negotiable for you? “Growing a business requires so many trade-offs. I find it interesting (and very telling) to know what is non-negotiable for entrepreneurs. Knowing what someone holds sacred and what they will not compromise on gives me a peek at their greatness. It also shows me how to incorporate similar practices into my own business and life.” Jules Taggart, Jules Taggart Marketing Strategy

What were your greatest failures and what did they teach you? “The old cliche that we learn more from failure than we do from success is definitely true. By directing a question like this at any mentor, you get a more candid answer and the jump-off point for a deeper, more enlightening discussion.” Steven Buchwald, The E2 Visa Lawyer

What was the most important part of your whole business journey? “I would like to know the most important part of my idol’s entire business journey. I know they took many steps to get to where they are, but there is always that one step that was crucial for reaching their goals.” Ajmal Saleem, Suprex Learning

What drives you to keep going when it’s really tough? “Life gives you lemons and throws you curveballs all the time. Some people get more difficult ones than others. Why do you continue to persist? What was the most challenging situation you’ve encountered on your path to today? Grit is the story that separates those who are successful and those are not.” Arry Yu,

What’s the worst mistake you ever made? “I would like to ask Richard Branson what the worst mistake he ever made was. His vast experience and candidness would shed light on what happened and why, because he would more than likely tell me everything. Someone with his experience answering a question like that would be invaluable beyond explanation in my opinion.” Ben Walker, Transcription Outsourcing, LLC

(Source: TCA)