Setting the Foundation | 10 Minute Read
Everyone can be an entrepreneur if you want to be one. But, it’s possible you may have to let go of old ways of thinking and doing things. You may have to push your boundaries like you never have before -- possibly even the biggest hurdle of them all: when you work, even if you’re not productive, you’re going to collect a paycheck.
Entrepreneurs only get paid when they accept opportunities, involve themselves in innovation and create value for their audience.
That might seem overwhelming right now, especially if you’re accustomed to going to work Monday through Friday, going to tons of meetings, looking busy, and doing what you’re told and collecting a paycheck at the end of the week all without having to push through a single boundary or challenge yourself in any way. But, take heart, you can do it. Developing your entrepreneurial mindset just takes learning to think and take action in a new way.
You can teach yourself to become whatever you want to be. True entrepreneurs aren’t just born that way. They learn to think about things in the right way, and most of all, take action to move forward.
It all starts with being honest with yourself about who you are right now. A great way to get to know you is to take a personality test. When you take it, whether it’s this one at 16 Personalities (I'm an INTJ, by the way), or another one, it will help you get to know yourself.
The key to taking these tests and getting helpful answers is to be completely honest. There is no right or wrong answer, so take off your rose colored glasses and be brutally honest with yourself. This is the best way to get a clear picture of who you are right now and where you can improve.
There are several common features and traits that successful entrepreneurs share. Even if you don’t have these yet, you can develop them with practice and perseverance.
In order to build your entrepreneurial skills, you’ll need to push your boundaries and take action right now. You can start slow, or you can dive right in, but these tips will help you move past your fears quickly and help experience success.
Professional athlete Wayne Gretzky said: “You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.” While Gretzky probably got a lot of kudos and screams when he made the shots, he probably didn’t get many attaboys during practice and definitely not when he missed. As an entrepreneur you’ll need to learn to be your own cheerleader. You’re not going to have a boss to praise you.
You can probably look back over your life and see plenty of missed opportunities, both personal and profession. Want the secrets to seizing opportunity when it's knocking on your door... so that it doesn't pass you by again?
First, realize that no one is perfect. One opportunity that you pass up may not be the right opportunity for you. Passing by something that someone else turns into a success doesn’t make you a failure. But you can learn from it. Write down the things you missed so that next time you’ll get better.
Next, realize that you have to deal with what you have right now, not what you might have later. If you don’t have the funds to see something through, it’s the wrong opportunity for you. Choose something you can succeed at without putting obstacles in your way.
Keeping abreast of your industry can help you identify innovation. If you purposely search for ideas, innovation and new technologies, you’ll learn to identify them in advance. Take notes on your ideas and then observe if you’re right or not. Over time you’ll learn that you know a lot more than you think.
A lot of successful people today missed out on innovation in the past but they did not give up. Thomas Watson, president of IBM in 1943 said that there was a “world market for maybe five computers.” Boy, was he wrong. But did it stop IBM from being a successful business? No!
This is one of the most important aspects of your job as an entrepreneur. Create value for your audience. If they feel as if you heard them by creating products and services that matter to them, you’ll be successful.
As we conclude, the best piece of advice I can offer you regarding cultivating an entrepreneurial mindset is to simply get started. Don’t put it off until everything is perfect. Do what you can to move forward a little bit each and every single day. The Compound Effect by Darren Hardy, publisher of Success magazine, will confirm that the only thing stopping you is your mindset... not your abilities.
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