It’s the start of a new year in the Chinese lunar calendar and this year it’s the turn of the tiger – the king of all beasts.
Tigers are often entrepreneurs, known for being go-getters. They take their passions and turn them into successful careers. So how can you harness that kind of power, and be more tiger?!
From Richard Branson to Bear Grylls, Lady Gaga to Usain Bolt, even Queen Elizabeth II, these tigers are ruthless in their ambition and don’t let anything stand in their way.
They are winners, and survivors.
We could all do with a bit more determination and self-belief in 2022 and beyond, which is why we are going to help you harness your inner tiger, and unleash it on the world.
Firstly, let’s take a closer look at two successful entrepreneurs born in the year of the tiger and how they have overcome adversity throughout their careers.
Sir Richard Branson – turning his weaknesses into strengths
As one of the world’s most successful (and wealthy) entrepreneurs, you can be forgiven for thinking that nothing has ever stood in Richard Branson’s way. However, it’s not always been plain sailing for this business magnate as he has had to overcome several personal and professional obstacles throughout his career.
When he first started his own newspaper, he had no experience at all.
He has dyslexia.
Hates public speaking.
Not computer savvy.
So, how did he overcome these barriers?
Instead of trying to hide his weaknesses, he uses them to his advantage. He is open about them. And he is not afraid to delegate and embraces the skills and experiences of those around him.
Lakshmi Mittal – building something from nothing
Today Lakshmi Mittal is known as the king of steel with an estimated net worth of 18.10 billion USD. However, it has not always been this way for this hugely successful entrepreneur.
Mittal was born in the Churu district of Rajasthan and spent his early years living with his extended family on bare floors and rope beds in a house with no electricity or drinking water.
Fast forward 26 years, and he began to transform his family’s moderate steel-making business into a global steel giant that now spans 14 countries, and employs more than 150,000 people.
Although he is known for flashing cash, he still ranked #6 on India’s Rich List last year and shows no signs of slowing down.
Other successful people born in the Year of the Tiger
Leonardo DiCaprio – actor, film producer, and environmentalist
Joe Wicks – fitness guru and influencer
Stevie Wonder – singer
Malorie Blackman – author
Ludwig van Beethoven – composer
Marilyn Monroe – actress
Oscar Wilde – playwright
Groucho Marx – comedian and actor
So how can you be more tiger?
Embrace what makes you unique
Tigers do not fear their competition because they are freethinking and unique. They are their own brand and are, therefore, unparalleled. Embrace what makes your business different in 2022 and shout it from the rooftops.
Grab it by the horns
Whatever life throws at you this year, tackle any problems straight on. Don’t be afraid to think outside the box and let your instincts lead you. You know what’s best for your business.
If you really want to embrace the characteristics of the tiger, you need to be willing to take risks. Whether you consider yourself to be ambitious or not, 2022 is definitely the year to be bold in business.
The past few years have been a challenging time for many businesses, but you have made it through the wilderness and now it is your time to shine. You are a pandemic survivor, which takes some strength – remember that!
You don’t have to go it alone. If the previous year of the tiger entrepreneurs have taught us anything, it’s that delegation and collaboration are vital if you want to succeed. There is nothing wrong with outsourcing specific tasks to someone with more experience and skills.
Whether you choose to rebrand your entire business, refresh your website, or even create your very own magazine to showcase your products and services, we are ready and waiting to help you take charge of the year ahead.
Let’s hear you roar!