Unless you have been living under a rock, you’ve probably heard the term “entrepreneur mindset”. This term, and others like it, have been floating around the Internet and getting people all hot and bothered lately. Now seems to be a great time to be able to take charge of your future and pursue the “American dream” and jump into business for yourself and build something really unique that will keep you busy, give you a sense of purpose and will hopefully pay you handsomely for your efforts as well. Let’s be honest…living life on your own terms can also be an expensive endeavor.
Today, more than ever, people who have never even considered trying to start a business on their own, are getting the bug, thanks to the amazing technology we have today.
But don’t misunderstand. Starting a successful busy isn’t easy and it takes a massive amount of work. It also requires a certain mindset that goes along with being a successful entrepreneur. That’s what this article is about. Having a successful mindset.
One of the first things we would tell you about having the kind of mindset that will help you be successful is to see an opportunity and then act. Honestly. So much of the time we are too afraid of rejection, success, failure, and ridicule that we don’t act on the opportunities when they present themselves. One perfect opportunity that we have seen over and over again is people who have never previously been in business for themselves that have been successfully selling courses or entrepreneur mindset “hacks” to other entrepreneurs. Genius right? They saw an opportunity and acted on it. They created a business for themselves out of almost nothing.
Again, the idea takes some diligent effort and some excellent execution, but the point is, with the right mindset, businesses are being created everywhere out of a simple idea. It just takes a little creativity.
Working for yourself instead of someone else takes a certain mindset. You don’t get to just show up and work in your cubicle for 8 hours and day and then go home and not have to think about the business anymore. Instead, you are the one making the decisions. You are the one in control and you are the one that calls the shots. That can be stressful. Those with the correct mindset however, all seem to have some of the same characteristics. They rise to the occasion and make adjustments on the fly. You can’t sit around and wait for someone else to make the decisions for you. They are resourceful and realize that the only thing that is constant, is change. When changes come, you’ve got to figure out how to evolve and adjust to the situation.
They persevere when things get tough and don’t give up the moment they encounter a challenge. What worked yesterday, won’t work tomorrow, and what works today, didn’t work yesterday. This is something they understand.
Another thing they all seem to do is fight the status quo. They figure out what the rules are and then change them. They are in the game to change the game and make it better. They know that the old rules no longer apply and they are in it to re-write the rule book. They also have an uncanny ability to use fear as a catalyst for action, instead of inaction because of their uncertainty or insecurity about the situation. They manage to use the fear to progress their growth and development and push past their limits to reach new heights. It’s a given that there are going to be mistakes along the way, but winning mindsets use those mistakes to learn lessons and move forward, instead of crumbling under the shame of making a mistake or thinking that mistakes should never happen.
When a roadblock comes, where most normal people would shrink under the pressure and give up, these people don’t. They dig in and get creative and figure out how to get past their challenge. They figure out a solution. They are passionate. They are determined. They are persistent.
Another piece of the puzzle is realizing that there is never going to be a perfect moment to embark on your journey. The time is now. It’s not 20 years from now when you’ve flushed out your initial idea and tried to put a plan together that’s taken into consideration every possible variation that could come up. If you take that approach, you end up with analysis paralysis and in the end, do nothing. Your opportunity will pass you by while you were too busy “planning” your perfect dream. Get up. Get moving. Make it happen, so that you don’t always wonder what could have been.
Our last word of advice for developing a winning mindset is to find a good mentor and surround yourself with people who are smarter than you are. As the saying goes, “If you are the smartest person in the room, clearly you are in the wrong room.” Learn, listen, and watch intently. Take the best practices approach from others who have done what you want to do and build from there. Make it a goal to continuously keep learning new things and new skills. Always be sure you are surrounding yourself with people who know more than you do. That will be the fastest way to shortcut some of the learning processes and can save you some valuable time along the way.