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No one is born an entrepreneur.
But it also doesn’t happen by chance, instead they are driven to it. It’s all about having the compulsion to be a part of something that’s bigger than yourself and being willing to do whatever it takes to find that success.
How “cut out” you are to be an entrepreneur depends on your perspective more than anything else.
In my experience, both as a business owner and a coach, I’ve collected a few common mantras via the very successful. The following viewpoints will help you to get into a frame of mind that will ultimately free you up to find your own success.
They know their “why”
It’s important to have a firm grasp on what’s driving your endeavors.
Your purpose, in many ways, is your foundation to success. So take the time to identify the reason behind what you’re doing: What motivated you to start your own business? What’s driving you? What’s your reason for getting up in the morning? Do you want to change the world? Generate an income? Both?
For most, this isn’t strictly about money, but usually goes further. What do you want the money for? Is it freedom and the opportunities that it could buy you? Is it financial security for your family?
Is your why a passion to help others succeed? Is it using your skills to create something unique that people will love? Is it finding a way to generate 80k a year so you can afford a stress-free lifestyle? Whatever it is, grab onto it. Passion is what will ignite your dream. It will also give you the motivation to keep going when things get tough.
They realize that ready is a lie
You’ll never be ready to be an entrepreneur—at least not completely ready, that is.
You see it all the time: Budding business owners spinning their wheels. They’re ready to take off, but not quite able to. This is because they’re waiting for some ideal opportunity or unachievable level of perfection before they launch.
But with this mindset, they’ll be waiting a very long time.
“You could have all the skills, all the training, you could have a double master’s in business, but if you’re afraid to start and you’re afraid to get messy and you’re afraid to jump, nothing is ever going to happen.”
The journey is full of pitfalls, hurdles and setbacks. Don’t be fooled: You don’t have to have every aspect of your life squared away before you can start. Perfection, both in your personal life and in business, is a myth. In order to find success, you’ve got to transition out of the perfectionist mindset. Done is better than perfect.
Likewise, when it comes to idea validation, the same concepts apply. We all know how crucial it is to validate an idea before we run with it, but just how much validation is enough?
“If you wait until you’re 100% sure, you’ve waited too long,” explains Jake Clarke, founder of For The Love of Craft Beer. “Getting comfortable with taking calculated and well-informed risks is critical to success.”
How driven are you to succeed?
CEOs are relentless in their pursuit of success. No matter what obstacles come up, they keep going. Sure, sometimes they’ll pivot from their original idea, and sometimes they’ll be knocked off their feet. But here’s what separates successful people from everyone else: They consistently get back up.
This is because they’re outcome-oriented. Successful people have tremendous clari