What Is The ” Entrepreneur ” Mindset ? … And Is It Something That Can Be Learned ?
In this Special Report …you’re going to learn the specific mindsets and skills that successful Entrepreneurs have.
When you combine them together in your own life, you can develop yourself into a powerful Entrepreneur, business creator, and designer of your future. It’s also important that you think and review these ideas and concepts multiple times. It will become even more profound the 2nd and 3rd time you go through it, and really, it’s something you should go through once a year for the rest of your life.
If you look at the historical meaning of the world Entrepreneur
you’ll find the idea of connecting and building and combining things to create a business. Now for you and me today… In modern times the word has been used more as someone who simply runs a business. But I see an Entrepreneur as someone who starts and builds a business, who creates value for customers in an innovative way. An Entrepreneur is also a risk taker. The game most people play unconsciously and compulsively is to avoid loss. But an Entrepreneur overcome this tendency to always do the safe thing, and instead continually takes calculates risks over and over until they find the right opportunity and hit a home run.
So an Entrepreneur is really a bearer of risk.
It’s important to recognize that most things in life don’t work out. Think of Thomas Edison. But we humans love to get attached to our favorite ideas and believe they are going to work. Most of the time they don’t. An Entrepreneur takes the risk of putting their time, money, and reputation into ideas and really going for it.
An Entrepreneur doesn’t just adapt to an environment – they CREATE the environment.
They don’t just copy what everyone else is doing – they create NEW value and service and wisdom. When you shift your self-image from someone who adapts to things to someone who creates things, that’s a big step in your own path of personal growth. And that’s another way to look at an Entrepreneur – as your identity, as who you are and who you’re becoming. When you label yourself as an Entrepreneur, that’s when the self-image of being just another cog in the wheel disappears and you really see yourself as a “prime mover,” someone who is operating in a world that’s waiting to be shaped by someone like you. This mental shift changes the whole game of your life. You have the opportunity to discover yourself as a creator, and as one who can reap great rewards from living your life as an Entrepreneur
Let’s look at my definition of Entrepreneur, and it’s pretty condensed. Here it is: The Entrepreneur creates profitable businesses.
This, in essence, is what the Entrepreneur does differently from everyone else. They don’t rip off – they create and innovate. And when they create, they create more value than what they consume.
To succeed as an Entrepreneur you need to learn how to balance 3 distinct needs:
- Customer Needs
- Business Needs
- Your Needs
Balancing the needs of these 3 different entities requires a new set of leadership skills – and we will be talking about them in this on going special report.KEY MINDSET– One of the most important mindsets successful Entrepreneurs have is called “Speed Of Implementation.” This is about taking whatever you learn and using it IMMEDIATELY. You can’t wait around – you must implement as soon as you get a great idea. The winners don’t wait around for tomorrow or next week – they implement RIGHT NOW
How To Develop Winning Entrepreneurial strategies.
We are going to focus on learning about creativity, productivity and leadership, as applied to the Entrepreneurial space.
The fist part In this session we focus on creativity, and we’re going to learn how to use our minds to connect ideas and things together in new combinations… so we can actualize and achieve success in business and in the world.
Your imagination is a critical component of your Entrepreneurial tool kit.
It’s what sets you apart. Most people think you must see something before you can believe it. But the Entrepreneur learns how to believe in something BEFORE they can see it. This is how they create new and innovative products and services. You must also get the belief that by doing the necessary things, you can become a successful Entrepreneur. To believe it, you have to actually go in and create the belief. Remember, it’s not seeing to believe, but believing to see. Remember…Einstein said “Imagination is more important than knowledge, for knowledge is limited, whereas imaginations embraces the entire world, stimulating progress, giving birth to evolution.”
There are 2 kinds of creativity: proactive and reactive.
Reactive creativity is basic problem solving. Something happens and we must react in the moment in a creative way to solve the problem. The other kind is proactive creativity. This is where we consciously and willfully set time aside to engage our creativity and produce something new. It doesn’t strike most people to set out specific time to be proactively creative, but it’s very important that we do it. It’s the highest power we as Entrepreneurs have.
There are 2 ways to view the world:
Either the world is set and can’t be impacted by us… or the world is changeable and you can learn how to impact things. If you have the second mindset, you will claim more power in the world. When you believe it, you will start to see it. Part of creativity is creating your own beliefs, your own reality, and your own way of viewing the world. But as you’re doing this – as you’re creating your own unique perspective – check in with reality and see if it’s correlating. If you go too far, you’ll be creating your own reality but it won’t match up with what’s really going on. And that’s not going to help you, your business, or the people you’re trying to serve.
Now…here is the idea of the “Critical Counter-Intuitive.”
It comes from the observation that the path to success is usually not obvious and is typically counterintuitive. Us humans evolved in a time that doesn’t exist anymore, and we are no longer well suited for the reality we find ourselves in. It’s changed so much over the past several hundred years with technology, etc. We now find ourselves in an environment where pretty much everything we need to do to succeed is not the thing we’d automatically do. For example, if you have some wheat, the natural thing to do is eat it. The counterintuitive thing is to store it until spring, plant it, and harvest it in the fall. If you’re mad at someone, the natural thing is to assume you’re right and they’re wrong. The counterintuitive thing is to see that if you were them you would have done the same thing, and see things from their side. If you’re attracted to someone, the natural thing is to call them 3 times a day and tell them how much you like them. The counterintuitive thing is to relax and allow some mystery and intrigue to happen. When you’re starting to work in the morning, the natural thing is to check your email and dive in. The counterintuitive thing is to analyze what you need to do, identify the top priority for the day, and work on that with single-minded focus before even turning on your email and allowing other people’s agenda to become your agenda. The Critical Counter-Intuitive is often the path to success. I found this out only after a ton of trial and error…I would like to spare you that.
Another important idea is that of Emergence.
When several atoms get together and form a molecule, the molecule is an “emergent property.” Those two atoms have linked up and now there’s a higher order property called an molecule. It has new and distinct features and functions. Put molecules together and you get a cell that has unique properties. Put cells together you get tissues… tissues together you get organs… organs together and you eventually get a human begin. At each new level a new Emergent comes into existence. It’s not really accurate to say that a higher level thing is just the sum of the lower levels. You can’t say a sentence is just a collection of words. When a sentence is made, it become more than just a bunch of words. It’s operating on a higher order of existence.
Here’s why Meta and Emergents are important to business.
Success is not a cause and effect result. It is an EMERGENT. It happens naturally when you put together a unique set of components. It happens on it’s own. It’s not a simple “cause and effect” result. It’s an Emergent on a higher order. In every area of life – health, relationships, or money – success is always an Emergent. Most people try to do one thing and hope is causes success as an effect. But that’s not how it works. Even becoming a successful “Entrepreneur” isn’t a cause and effect relationship. Entrepreneurship emerges when you put certain skills and behavior in place .
The Inner Game of being an Entrepreneur is Creativity but… the Outer Game is Productivity – getting a lot done.
Steven Covey said “Time management is a misnomer. The challenge is to manage ourselves.” To become productive, we need to shift how we think about Productivity and get a better understanding of how us “human chimps” are wired… so we can take more control of our lives and our success. That’s what you’ll learn in this important session on Entrepreneurial Productivity
A common way to approach becoming more productive and getting more control over our life is to think of switching your mode from “automatic” to “manual” as much as possible–
like with a camera or the transmission of a car. For most people, their values, chains of thinking, reactions to the world – all are on automatic now. We can switch ourselves to manual, but we have to work on this one area at a time. This is what I call living consciously, or being present. Part of this is cultivating our ability to take our awareness and place it on things of our choosing, and that’s a pretty cool ability. Practice consciously placing your awareness on different parts of your body, on your business, and on the different needs people have – it’s a powerful exercise to help develop the ability to switch your system over to manual. But this isn’t about just practicing. It’s about making a real shift in the real world.
Self control is a vital part of increasing our productivity.
But largely, self-control is an illusion. Most of the things we do, think, and feel are automatic. They’re the same things we’ve always been doing, thinking and feeling. Even the people I know that seem to be gifted with high levels of self-control, they still live for the most part unconsciously. The good news is that self control can be cultivated over time – but it’s a process. And it’s not something we can wait for. We can’t wait until we have perfect self-control to go out and win the game of becoming a powerful Entrepreneur. We must start now.
Since we’re already creatures of habit, one powerful strategy is to create habits that automatically steer you in the direction you want to go..
…Starting a new habit takes a lot of energy, but once it’s “installed” it takes very little energy to keep it going. To do this, we have to know what we’re up against, which is what I call Escape Velocity. It’s important to understand how big this challenge is. If you underestimate it, the steps you take won’t be big enough to avoid failure. Here’s an example to put Escape Velocity into perspective… When they launch the Space Shuttle to space, they strap the shuttle to something called a booster rocket. The booster rocket is 85 percent of the total weight of the shuttle. If it’s THAT heavy, it must be THAT important. The reason such a huge booster rocket is needed is to get enough speed – called Escape Velocity – to escape the gravity of the earth. There’s also Habit Gravity – the force that holds our habits in place once we install them. To overcome Escape Velocity and take advantage of Habit Gravity, focus on just 1 habit a time, every day for a month. Don’t try to install all the habits you want in one month. Just pick one for this month. Then plan out the “ritual” that you do everyday at the same time, ideally early in the day when you have more will power. If you do that, you’ll wake up in 30 days from now and you’ll be over the hump. You won’t have to TRY to do the thing anymore. It’ll be on autopilot.
Another key to entrepreneurial productivity is an important mindset shift.
Growing up we learn the laws of cause and effect, Newton and all that. But then we get into the job world and we get programmed through habit that when we show up and do our work, we get a paycheck. We learn the mindset “Do work = get paid.” But the way to achieve huge success is to shift from focusing on work, to focus on results. That’s how you get more success.
Then to go to the next level, we stop focusing on results and start focusing on creating value.
And then we refine our focus even more and only spend our energy on the thing that makes the MOST possible value, and focus on that for a long period time. It’s important that Entrepreneurs don’t have the mindset of “working for a pay check” – they’re playing a bigger game. They’re focused on creating massive results and massive value, as measured by the customer. Humans love to play the “I need to remember to…” game. We think when we say “I need to remember to…” that we will. But we won’t. And by saying we will we let ourselves off the hook. It’s a little self lie. In business, we can’t “remember to…” We really need to take control of ourselves, and only do the things that create results and tons of value. So how do we do that? Well, the highest value activities in a business is creating products and creating marketing. Most people working in companies are doing a very small piece of the process – they don’t see the bigger picture. As an Entrepreneur, you must see the bigger picture of your business, and that bigger picture is that creating products and creating marketing creates the most value in your business. You can’t “I need to remember to… create my products and marketing.” It’s too important for that. So put rituals in place in your business that guarantee you’re working on your products and your marketing. Our natural tendency is get distracted by everything else. Rituals are the answer.
One of the qualities I look for when I’m recruiting or hiring people is a quality I call “Driver.”
A Driver takes responsibility for creating a result… they “drive” projects to completion and “drive” through obstacles.. They’re not working to get a paycheck – they’re working to take responsibility and make big things happen. They take responsibility in a way that is more “serious” than other people. As an Entrepreneur, you must cultivate this “driver” quality within yourself.
Making the decision to become an Entrepreneur is at the leading edge of self responsibility.
It requires you to take complete responsibility for your situation, yourself, your decisions, your actions, the results you product, and the value you produce for others. To me, Entrepreneurial Leadership is about the ability to take yourself and lead yourself to do new things – things that might be counter-intuitive and seem to fly in the face of what everything else thinks is right. So in this session we’re going to talk about leadership and self responsibility.
So in order to become a leader and direct yourself to do what is a better thing, you must take control and personal responsibility.
Look at what it says in Psychology of Achievement… that if anything goes wrong, if you get triggered and you feel out of control, tell yourself “I am responsible.” You might be upset and pissed off, but keep saying it to yourself, and keep looking at it from how you are responsible… you’ll discover how you really are responsible. Then you’ll see ways of changing your situation and giving yourself more power in the process.
” As I said before, as an Entrepreneur, you must risk.
It turns out that most people don’t really step up and take the risk – they don’t take the personal responsibility, the control. They take a more reactive stance to life, instead of being proactive. They wait and see how things will turn out before they decide what they’re going to do. They think by waiting and seeing they’re being proactive, but they’re really not. Being proactive means taking responsibility for what we get in life, but the strategy a lot of us learn from an early age is to not take responsibility… for ourselves, for our situation, our relationships, our results. The problem is when we don’t take responsibility and risk, in the long run we’re trading pennies now for dollars later.
One of the psychological challenges when starting a new business is…it’s hard to be a human being who sees, believes in, and is working to build something that others don’t see. It’s particularly hard when you’re doing things that other people don’t understand. Les Brown -likes to tell the story of a species of bamboo that builds roots for 3 years underground without ever coming to the surface. If someone see you watering an area of plain old dirt – for 3 YEARS – they’d think you were totally whacky.
But after growing underground for 3 years, when it finally sprouts it grows 3 feet a DAY. Interesting. So working toward something “Emergent,” something on a higher order that others don’t see yet, is psychologically challenging. It flies in the face of what others believe. It can even be embarrassing. So we feel fear when we even think about doing something new and different. But to succeed in business, you must believe that something is going to happen with no evidence of it. And you must keep yourself focused on it until you create it. So what is Leadership? Leaders are, as the word suggests, “out in front” in terms of time, understanding what’s happening and what’s coming. In other words, a leader can see the future… they can make pictures of the future and describe it to others. A leader can interpret what’s happening now and how it’s going to lead to the future they envision. A leader must also balance conflicting needs, values and interests. When a conflict comes up, if we see things in black and white, that’s when we fail. It’s only when we balance things that the Emergent quality comes into being, whether that Emergent is a successful business or a successful life !
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