8. Never stop learning.
When I was researching on what fails many entrepreneurs, I learned that before you start a business, assume that you know nothing and start learning. Forget about the 20 years in school or the degrees or the certificates. You earned them because of your hard work, position and situation. Starting a new business is something very new and very different and you must be willing to forget you had some degree or certificate.
Never stop seeking new skills, new knowledge especially streetwise knowledge. I repeat, keep on learning.
Success is like a butterfly. The more you run after it, the more it runs away from you. Success is something you attract by who you become. For things to be better, you must be better. For things to change, you must change. For things to improve you must improve. Work more on yourself than you work on your job. Keep on improving your mind. You cannot do carpentry with bare hands and you cannot do any thinking with bare mind.