With today’s economy, and the increasing draw down and downsizing, more and more people are looking for ways to get ahead. In doing so they are starting new companies, creating new products and making things happen. If you have ever been among a distinct group of people willing to step out of their comfort zone, and risk it all for an idea that you have, or a dream you want to create, you may be an entrepreneur.
When we think of an entrepreneur, we often think of people like Bill Gates, Steve Jobs and even Donald Trump. In reality, there are millions of people who have taken the leap to build their own income streams and consider themselves to be entrepreneurs. And you may be wondering if you are one of them.
Understand that entrepreneurs think differently. They are people willing to do things that other people do not. They are risk takers and dreamers. Some people say that a successful entrepreneur has the Midas touch, when in reality it’s much more than that. Entrepreneurs have a different mindset. They think differently and don’t let fear stop them. Without exception people with an entrepreneurial spirit become successful when they take their ideas and do what ever it takes to make them become a reality.
Successful people think of the possibilities, not the problems. They make things happen. They don’t quit when things get tough and will make lemonade from the nastiest of lemons. People that are entrepreneurs see solutions, where other people see only roadblocks. Without exception every person who has decided to go down the entrepreneurial path has the ability to dream about possibilities that other people push aside as fantasy.
Entrepreneurs are consistently described as people who are or strive to be: •Leaders •Self-confident •Organized •Competitive •Willing to work for what they want •Health conscious •Have ideas that are unique, or are a unique twist to other ideas •Has support system •Willing to make short-term sacrifices in return for long-term success •Willing to take a risk •High energy •Good communicators •Have experience or are willing to educate themselves. •Well-rounded •Have the ability to bounce back •Innovative •Results-orientated •Totally committed
Can you see yourself standing among this group? Then you may be an entrepreneur!
If so, you probably have some great ideas and want to know what you can do to move forward. You may want to know how to make sure that your ideas don’t sizzle and fade away. Perhaps you don’t know what steps to take so that you can get your ideas off the ground. The most important steps for you to take are to:
Shift Your Mindset
Never give up
Let’s talk a little about the “never give up” piece first. Did you know that many people literally talk themselves out of incredible opportunities each day? Think about the last idea you had. What happened? My guess is that you had thoughts similar to “It’s a great idea, but I don’t have the money to start a business” or “So many people need this service, but I’m sure someone else has already done it”. Sound familiar? Don’t stress, you are not alone.
So many ideas and potential entrepreneurs never get out of the gate, for the simple fact that they fail take action and are consumed with “buts”. When people fail to take that first action step it is critical. Without an initial forward moving activity, no idea has ever gotten off the ground. Understand that it doesn’t matter if those first action steps don’t pan out. If you do something the chances of success multiply exponentially.
So what can you do to begin your journey on the entrepreneurial highway? You can shift your mindset by learning more about the industry/business that you are interested in and becoming a lifelong student. Some tips that help with this are:
Take classes to improve and expand your skill sets
Get a job to experience a particular industry and learn from their executives.
Gather information by reading books written by people who are already successful or doing what you want to do
Decide if you want to plug into an established business plan (i.e. owning a franchise or network marketing) or start from scratch
These are just a few ways to get started and there are many more. The choice is yours, and the resources are limitless.
Another point I wanted to touch on is that being an entrepreneur isn’t a “get rich quick” scheme, and the biggest factor that keeps people from building their dreams is that they give up before payday. They may hit a bump in the road, and give up before they find a new path. They may let a “dream stealer” convince them to stop. Whatever the case, there isn’t a successful entrepreneur alive today that ever gave up, they just found another way. Begin to think like a winner and instead of quitting, adjust your plan and keep moving forward…that’s the entrepreneurial way! (P.S…..If you find that you continue to jump to the next thing before payday, you may want to consider getting some direction through coaching).
So I ask….Are you an entrepreneur? And if so….what are you waiting for!?!
~Judy Davis, the Direction Diva is a motivational speaker, author and entrepreneur as well as a military life and teen suicide prevention expert. Co-founder of DASIUM, Judy’s books Right Side Up and Warning Signs: Is Your Teen at Riskare go to resources for families and her websites are filled with tips, inspiration and resources for those looking for direction. Connect with Judy at TheDirectionDiva.com
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