Inspiration can be found in many places and if you are looking at finding success in the world of business it makes sense to be inspired and learn from those who have already found it. This is why I was very keen on having a chat with the brilliant Arnon Dror during a business expo in Portland, Oregon last month. Arnon Dror has lead a fantastic career in business and he was the Vice President of global giant Xerox, where made a real name for himself. I have respected Arnon Dror for many years and it was an absolute pleasure to pick his brains about business, success, and of course, we took some time out to discuss our mutual love, the Boston Celtics. Arnon was kind enough to share with me the keys to his personal success, something which I wanted to pass on to you in the hope of inspiring yours.
Something which Arnon places great importance on is his ability to constantly improve. He tells me that he will regularly do a personal audit on himself and highlight weaker areas which he needs to improve. This is something which he tells me has also spilled over into his business dealings and he considers himself as a constant project which needs to advance. This is why Arnon has been able to stay relevant for so long, and why he has had such success with the businesses that he has worked with.
Fear of Failure
Arnon had something of a tough childhood and his family had financial issues for as long as he could remember. He tells me that even now, after so many years of business and personal success, he is driven by a fear of going back to that situation. This fear is what has kept him driven for so many years and why he is always so committed to success. The notion that he could find himself in this situation again seems strange to most of us but it is something which he taps into and uses in order to better himself and the company that he is working for.
Arnon Dror talks about the importance of being kind in business and scoffs at the notion that someone needs to be autonomous or draconian in the way that the run a business. There has been times where Arnon has needed help and support and he knows that the reason people are so keen to help him is because he has done, or would do the same for them. He tells me that in his early days of business he had a great contact that was trafficking clients to him in order to help get his business off the ground, and this was something which he has never forgotten, and something which he has been able to do for others since he has been successful. Arnon tells me his mother always told him to be nice to people on the way up or they will be the ones to kick you when you are on the way down, something which has stayed with him throughout his business life.