Do you aspire to be an entrepreneur?
If so, you’re going to have to learn how to think like one.
While everyone is different, the vast majority of successful entrepreneurs share a certain mindset. Adopt the following traits and you’ll soon have this mindset working for you, too. Then it’s just a matter of time before your entrepreneurial dreams come true.
Never Expect Help from Anyone
When you work for a company, there’s someone above you – and part of their job is to provide you with support. If you have questions, they have to answer them. If you need help with a certain task, they have to provide it.
As an entrepreneur, you’re on your own. You’re 100% responsible for whether or not you succeed.
While you can always reach out to others and ask for help, never expect that it will be there. No one owes you anything.
Failure Is an Option and Part of the Process
Long before your entrepreneurial dreams come to fruition, expect that you’re going to fail. In fact, you’re probably going to fail several times.
Some of your failures may be minor. You might apply for an incubator and not get accepted or simply pick a logo for your company that simply doesn’t fit.
Other failures will be bigger. You could work for years, only to finally find out that your idea just isn’t profitable.
While you never want to aim for failure, thinking like an entrepreneur means reframing the way you look at pitfalls.
Failure can teach you a lot. If you fail early enough, it can also save you a lot of time and money.
View failure as a milestone. When it happens, take that to mean you’re getting closer to your ultimate entrepreneurial goal. Then continue moving forward.
Your Professional Network Is One of Your Greatest Assets
Although we began by highlighting that you’re all by yourself, this shouldn’t dissuade you from building a professional network. In fact, that’s one of the biggest investments in your success that you can make.
Have you ever heard the saying that you’re the average of the five people you surround yourself with?
While that’s obviously not based on any real science, there’s a reason it rings true. Spend as much time as possible around other entrepreneurs to keep your ambition and motivation levels high.
Of course, there’s also the fact that a solid professional network – if nurtured correctly – can be a huge source of support when you need it. Whether it’s providing feedback for your ideas or introducing you to other professionals whose services you need, investing in a network will definitely pay off.
Thinking Is Too Important to Leave Off Your Schedule
Being an entrepreneur and being busy are synonymous with one another. If you like sleeping in and lazy afternoons, this is not the lifestyle for you.
That being said, successful entrepreneurs know that they need to set aside time to literally do nothing but think. This might mean sitting in front of their computer and typing out ideas, going to a coffee shop with a notebook, or simply taking a long walk.
When your brain doesn’t need to focus on a hectic array of activities, it can produce all kinds of surprising thoughts, ideas, and solutions.
While not every thought session is going to produce a revelation, this simple exercise of giving yourself an hour once or twice a week to let your brain roam free will yield insights that help you become a better entrepreneur.
Your Job Description Is “Whatever It Takes”
Successful entrepreneurs wear too many hats to count.
They’re not just “software engineers” or “investors” or “educators.”
They’re salespeople, marketers, negotiators, networkers, consultants, and basically anything else it’s going to take to get their idea off the ground.
Obviously, it’s not realistic to wear all those hats forever, but at the very beginning, the future of your business rests on your shoulders and your shoulders alone.
In the future, you might be able to hire some help, even if it’s just the occasional freelancer.
Right now, though, you need to break out of your comfort zone and learn whatever skills it’s going to take to support your dreams.
You Don’t Need to Know Everything
At the same time, we’re not saying that you need to spend years learning how web design works to get a website. You shouldn’t go back to school to become a graphic designer so your company has a logo.
The point is that you need to be open to learning whatever your business requires to succeed.
However, the gig-economy means that there is an endless supply of people who can handle a lot of important jobs for you.
It is still important to learn a bit of marketing, but you can also hire a freelancer to build your social media presence.
Sales will obviously play a role in your success, but, again, you can pay a copywriter to take care of your proposals.
When that doubting voice in your head tries to make you second-guess your entrepreneurial dreams by saying, “You don’t know how to…” reply that you’ll either learn how or hire someone who can.
That’s the entrepreneurial mindset.
Chaos is Comfortable
As we just touched on, entrepreneurs aren’t known for their love of relaxation. They’re constantly on the move with schedules that are packed with activities. If you’ve ever seen the video of how world-famous entrepreneur Gary Vaynerchuk spends his day, you have an idea of what you’re in for (or what you should aim for).
Even the best-planned schedules are going to fall into chaos from time-to-time, though. Just like with failure, this is something you should try to avoid but not freak out about. It’s just another milestone.
People who work normal 9-to-5s without big dreams and ambitious goals don’t experience chaos. If you do, it’s because you’re making progress. Learn how to handle it as best you can but become comfortable around it, too.
You don’t need to think like an entrepreneur to get started on your dreams, but the sooner you begin adopting the above beliefs, the sooner you’ll have success to show for it.