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It isn’t easy being successful. Successful people, specially entrepreneurs have some of the busiest lives, and are some of the hardest working people on this planet. Here are the questions they ask themselves before every big decision.

1. What is my top priority?

With so many different things to do, and so little time to do it in, having clear priorities is very important. Otherwise you end up concentrating on the unimportant and ignoring the crux.

2. Why am I doing this?

Entrepreneurs never do things blindly or for the heck of it. They have a clear vision for the company and know exactly how every step will help.

3. How can I turn this setback into an opportunity?

Truly creative people never stop thinking. They see opportunities where no one does. And they work to make them a reality.

4. Will this be good for the long term?

To be successful, you need to think big. You have to assume you’ll still be in business ten years down the line and plan for those contingencies.

5. How can I improve my efficiency?

Some people never stop working. And even when they’re not, they’re looking for ways to improve, better themselves and be more productive. Aspire, improve, excel.

6. What causes failure?

When you are in a business where you constantly need to innovate and improve, you cannot afford to be laid back. Successful entrepreneurs are always learning from failure, theirs and others’.

7. Are my employees happy?

Happy employees make a healthy workplace. A healthy workplace makes an effective and successful company.

8. How can I make this fun?

Everything can be made fun. And truly creative and successful people know this. Work should always be fun, not just for you, but for your employees as well. That’s the only way good work gets done. When everyone has fun doing it. Take Google offices, for instance.

9. Who else can handle this?

Delegation is the key to a successful business. When you are micromanaging and trying to do everything yourself, you won’t have time to look at the bigger picture and your vision will suffer.

All successful entrepreneurs have trade secrets. Once you know what they are, you can apply these tips to your own start-up or life.