You have a yearning to discover if you have what it takes to be your own boss, to create a business, an empire, a little corner of the world where you are in control.
Susan has worked in her job for almost 30 years. She is near retirement but knows she will need an income to supplement her retirement savings. The idea of working on someone else’s agenda hold no appeal. Susan has an idea to use her talents to work for herself.
Lynette has worked a corporate job for more than 20 years. She is good at what she does but feels the need to let her creative side out. She started spending nights and weekends exploring her creative talents. Lynette started a side business selling her creations, almost by accident. Should she take her side gig full time?
Martha has been busy raising kids the last 25 years. Her baby leaves for college soon. She is looking into the abyss of an empty nest. For years she has volunteered her time to do graphic design for her kid’s activities. She even taught herself WordPress so she could help manage the websites for the soccer team, the youth choir, the scouts, and school parent organization. Martha wonders if she can start making money with her design and WordPress skills.
Susan, Lynette and Martha are all at a crossroads. Keep doing what they are doing or step into the future as their own boss. The question they are asking: Is it time for me to start a business?
You may be at a similar fork in the road.
If you still want the comfort of regular paychecks with benefits, and you want to turn it all off at 5pm, then running your own business isn’t for you.
But you have an idea for a business, and you’re driven to be your own boss. Now you need to cultivate and entrepreneur mindset.
What does it take to be an entrepreneur? Are you ready to kick start your business?
First Step: Identify Your “Why”
Why exactly do you want to start a business? There are a lot of “WHY’s”. There is no right or wrong. For example, you want:
- to create jobs in the local community
- to put your kids through college
- to lead a laptop lifestyle
- to have the freedom to work when and wherever you want to
- to bring an invention to market that will change people’s lives
- to travel the world
- to have extra savings to help your parents
- to buy your dream house
The “why” of your goal is the energy that fuels your success.
When you face challenges (and you will face challenges) and encounter obstacles with no clear way through, your “why” will keep you going.
With no clear idea why you want to start a business, your motivation and focus will quickly disappear.
Do You Have an Entrepreneur Mindset?
A mindset is a set of ideas and beliefs. You mindset determines how you react to certain situations.
Think about the “half-full” people in your life. These people see a glass of water that is half full as a good thing – it’s half full not an empty glass. Whatever the situation they find themselves in they try to find the positive spin.
The “half-empty” folks can only see faults, problems and obstacles. For example, "I'm no good at languages so there's no point trying to learn French." With this attitude and state of mind, even if they tried to learn French, how successful would they be? The “half-empty” folks talked themselves out of success before they even tried.
Don’t let your mindset interfere with your success.
If you believe you have nothing valuable to offer to anyone, then your negative mindset is going to prevent you from making a success of your business.
What attitudes or beliefs do you have that could interfere with your success?
Change Your Mindset
The good news is that your current mindset is not a blueprint for life. By taking a close look at your beliefs and asking important questions, you can change your mindset and set yourself up for success.
All successful people acknowledge the importance of having the right mindset in helping them succeed. Great athletes don't just have physical ability and training - they have the mindset to win. Renowned musicians don't just have talent and perfect pitch - they have the mindset to share their gift with the world.
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There’s no point in pretending that starting a business is all fun and games. People who think that are likely to give up at the first hitch. There will be many hiccups and obstacles along the way, but here are some key factors to motivate you:
- Remind yourself of your big “why”.
- Set clear, concrete goals to keep you on track.
- Surround yourself with people who motivate and inspire you.
- Do something you’re passionate about and really good at.