Entrepreneurial Mindset. Is it even a thing? It depends on whom you ask.
Those who’ve never run a business of their own will have no idea what that is, just like people who’ve never stepped out of their comfort zone don’t know how it feels. Nevertheless, if you’ve never run a business and are thinking of starting one, this is a must-read for you. On the other hand, if you’re running one right now, you’ll probably put a checkmark at each of the points I’m going to describe below, but hopefully still benefit from the advice.
If you ask the Goggle’s dictionary, a mindset is “the established set of attitudes held by someone.” Now, replace “someone” with “an entrepreneur” and the below five fundamental attitudes show-up in all the successful ones.
First of, humility. The entrepreneurial roller coaster is a school of hard knocks. Even if you don’t know what humility is when you start the journey, you’ll gain it pretty fast. And that’s a great thing! Humility keeps us grounded and focused, and it helps with relationship building, which is key to growing your business. To read more on how to build successful relationships in your business, click here.
2. Love of constant learning
Secondly, successful entrepreneurs are avid learners. They’re continually looking for new ideas and lessons in everything. Not only do they invest in self-development through books, seminars, coaches, and mentors, but they also look to learn from anything around them: conversations they are part of or overhear, day to day life of those around them, and of course, their own experiences.
Through such an attitude, entrepreneurs are used to being always outside of their comfort zone. Why? Because true learning means that you’re going to go out there and try to implement what you’ve learned. And when you do that for the first time, you’ll be scared and doubt yourself A LOT. The good news is that everyone feels that way. It is a natural reaction our primitive brain is programmed to have to anything new and unknown to us. Being able to overcome that and thrive develops the next attitude of the entrepreneurial mindset.
I have written a separate blog about this attitude because it’s so critical. Grit is passion and perseverance to achieve long-term goals. In other words, it is the ability to persist in something you feel passionate about and not give up when you face obstacles or experience utter failure. It also means being accountable for mistakes you make and taking full responsibility for how you react to things that happen to you (even though you didn’t influence them).
I just want to pause your reading here for a moment because these two sentences are loaded with immensely valuable advice. It’s only two sentences, simple paradigms, and abilities but so hard to develop and live day in and day out. That’s why having a coach helps. A lot of the work I do with my clients focuses on this very area.
Entrepreneurs who have grit, don’t blame the world for challenges or failures. They treat them as opportunities to learn, and their grit helps them get up after every fall, brush off the dirt, and keep going.
As Seth Godin said, “Average overnight success in business tales six years.”
If you’re looking for a quick, easy way to make money, starting a business is not the best solution. It takes a lot of hard work and patience to become “the overnight success.” The attitude that develops patience is consistency.
Consistency in doing the mundane 95% of the tasks day in and day out to be able to enjoy the 5% of the amazingly fun stuff that is visible on the “surface of success.” Successful entrepreneurs establish routines and systems in their lives that help them be consistent. Such systems also help them move anything they learn and adopt into their day to day modus operandi, so their brain has room to learn and experiment with more new things.
Consistency is the other most crucial attitude in the entrepreneurial mindset code. As a matter of fact, without it, you cannot build a thriving business.
If you think you need help in developing consistency, this is where the investment in a business coach will bring you great results. It might not be for you, but scheduling a free strategy session with me and having a chat about it will give you a better idea about it. Click here, and let’s brainstorm together.
5. Last but not least, the most important one …
Finally, the drum all. I left the best for the last. Without this attitude, the others won’t matter in running a successful business. What I’m talking about here is decisiveness.
And the first decision every entrepreneur needs to make is that you’ll figure your business out no matter what. The secret behind this decision is knowing your “WHY,” knowing the purpose of your journey. As long as you have this figured out and decide that you will make your business work, no matter what, it will help you grow and expand on the other four attitudes.
In the light of this last point, have you decided yet that you’ll figure it out?
If you haven’t, do it now. It will make your journey easier. And once you do and then realize you do need help growing your business, contact me, and we’ll work on cracking the rest of the entrepreneurial mindset code together 😊.