7 Actionable Tips To Remain Positive As An Entrepreneur

Remain Positive As An EntrepreneurMany people believe the main issue in their life is their income and that by changing their income they will change their life in such a way they will be happy. But first, you must change your mindset, while will then change your income and ultimately your life. It must be done in this particular order, much like planting a garden, to get the results you want.

As an entrepreneur, there will always be setbacks, so you must re-visit these steps on a regular basis.

1. Get Ride Of Your Addiction To The Outcome:
This is probably the most important mindset change you can make. It doesn’t matter what kind of business strategy you are using, when you are no longer dependent on the outcome, you can become more positive. This gives you the appearance of a leader in the eyes of your prospects and is exactly what other people are looking for.

2. Actively Work On Your MindSet:
How you do this is personal to you. You may find it by reading or listening to motivational books, meditating, yoga or exercise. Maybe you feel more positive when you talk to certain people in your life on a regular basis, or it may be a combination of many things. Whatever helps you remain positive, do it on a consistent, regular basis. This is something every successful leader works on all the time.

3. Stop Comparing:
Most everyone is guilty of this. Remember that everyone starts from the beginning. Every successful person goes through their own struggles. If you compare yourself with others, it will hold you back.

4. Keep Focused On Who You Want To Become:
This is slightly different from your why. Keep doing the daily activities that will get you where you want to go.

5. Learn How To Become A Happier Person:
No matter what, if you are generally feeling unhappy, it is impossible to have that positive feeling. You actually can become a happier person in general by developing strategies to overcome this. Learn to see things from another point of view and give up the need to be right all the time.

6. Quit Holding On To The Past:
Accept what has happened in your life and move on. Move forward. Things are going to happen and you must learn to simply move on. Learn to separate your business success from whatever is holding you back.

7. Smile! Laugh! Relax!
Give yourself a much-needed break from time to time. Have some down time and reward yourself when you reach small goals you have set for yourself.

These are actionable tips you can start today.

To become successful as an entrepreneur, you must first change your mindset before you change your income, which will have an impact on your life. Trying to go through these steps out-of-order simply doesn’t work. Once you change your mindset, the rest will follow.

 

Being an Entrepreneur

Being an EntrepreneurAn entrepreneur can be defined as someone who is in control of his or her own destiny and who makes things of economic consequence happen.

To be an entrepreneur you have to have a particular kind of mindset. That is, you have to have; 1) a strong desire, 2) perseverance, 3) initiative, 4) persuasive skills. 5) a winning attitude and 6) a bottom line mentality.

To begin with you should write down your concept as to what you economically want to do as precisely as you can in only one paragraph. But in doing this you have to watch out for the various traps that exist in developing a concept. They are; 1) it won’t work, 2) you can’t make any money on it, 3) there is no market for it, and 4) there can be unpredictable customer behaviour. But also remember this; that the customer has to pay at least 5 times the direct cost of a product.

Now there are three types of Business entries that you should consider. They are; 1) starting from scratch whereby you should be prepared to take 5 to 8 years to start a business, 2) buying an existing business whereby the risks are less by saving time (1 year) for the business to be operational, buying cheaper assets, and by assuming cheaper financing, and/or 3) in buying a franchise whereby the risk would only be about 30%. Also you could be an Entrepreneur within a company as well.

The ideal business actually should have; 1) no investment, 2) an identifiable market, 3) a low cost supply, 4) minimum government regulations, 5) good price-cost ratio, 6) frequent buyers, 7) favourable tax treatment, 8) a good distributing system, 9) news value, 10) technical fashion obsolescence, 11) perishability and, 12) weather proofness

Three types of business plans should be written once your concept of a business starts to materialize. They are; 1) The Feasibility Plan, 2) The Operational Plan and, 3) The Financial Plan. Financing for the business could be accomplished by; 1) cash from customers, 2) sub-contracting, 3) your own money, 4) borrowing (from as few as possible) or 5) by leasing.

The Management team, if you decide to assemble one, should include; 1) the creator, 2) the driving force, 3) the marketer (the marketing strategy should be to find the competitive edge either in quality, price, or service) and, 4) a financial expert. Then you should give each of them part of the rock and teach them to listen to others.

An Entrepreneur, who became a millionaire, suggested on television that the key to his success came from reading just one book: And that was the Book of Proverbs from the Bible.

This article gives information on how one could look at the possibility on how one might become an Entrepreneur.

Four Must Reads for Promising Entrepreneurs

Four Must Reads for Promising EntrepreneursWe read books throughout our lives, but it becomes especially important when we are at the start of the journey to entrepreneurship. Reading the right book can not only point us in the correct direction, it can also give valuable insights and suitable advice. Indeed, a good book can be a much needed good friend in times of need. Listed below are four books to help us on our way, to make this journey a success.

1. The Founder’s Dilemmas: Anticipating & avoiding the pitfalls that can sink a Startup by Noam Wasserman

Noam Wasserman teaches a class called ‘Founder’s Dilemmas’ at Harvard Business School. This book is the culmination of Noam’s actual research and that class. He mainly focuses on the key dilemmas that a startup founder will face when starting a company. All the information related to founder dynamics, solo founders, optimal number of founders and their roles and relationships, equity allocations between founders is covered in the book.

2. The Lean Startup: How Today’s Entrepreneurs Use Continuous Innovation to Create Radically Successful Business by Eric Reis

Eric Reis talks about the lean startup approach that is being adopted across the globe, changing the way companies are built and new products are launched. It fosters companies that are not only capital efficient but also focus human creativity more effectively. The book also highlights the current trend toward quick, low-cost startups that prefer action over research. The impressive insights that Reis provides can be applied to any startup, making this book a must read for all promising entrepreneurs.

3. Peter Principle: Why Things Always Go Wrong by Laurence J. Peter and Raymond Hull

This book contains made-up stories about administrative and business hierarchies. The idea of the Peter Principle has been explained very lucidly. “In a hierarchy every employee tends to rise to his/her level of incompetence.” When people perform well at their job, they are eligible for promotion. This cycle continues until they are promoted to a role for which they are incompetent to perform the duties. At that point they have reached their ‘final placement’. They are no longer eligible for further promotions because they have reached their level of incompetence. The authors have tried to address the question of incompetence in the work force today. Entrepreneurs may get to understand staffing issues from a whole new perspective.

4. Disney Way: Harnessing the Management Secrets of Disney in Your Company by Bill Capodagli and Lynn Jackson

This book is full of success stories, from dream to execution. It provides excellent insights, incorporating the best practices, tools and strategies that have made Disney what it is today. It explores the concept of dynamic leadership that plays a powerful role in making any organization successful. At the end of each chapter are examples and questions which make this book hard to put down. Through these, one can learn to create the most productive, effective and positive environment for employees and customers alike.

Are You Willing to Risk Big to Build Your Business

Risk Big to Build Your BusinessWe hire coaches and mentors for a reason; to stretch us, take us where we have yet to go and remind us of the little things that add up to big outcomes.

Personally, I hire experts to push me and encourage me to take risks (and big ones at that). What I fail to understand is when someone hires a coach and either never shows up for their calls, in-person masterminds, VIP Days or whatever is offered as part of the package. This truly boggles my mind.

Then there are the people who do take advantage of what’s being offered, but never take any of the recommendations to heart. What a complete waste of time and money. If you’ve hired someone for their expertise, be willing to put their ideas into action.

One of the greatest benefits of having a really strong mentor is the trickledown effect. What this simply means is: what we learn from someone else, when we apply it and get a result, we are able to teach others.

I’ve been hiring business coaches for years. Although I have a successful business, hiring a mentor gives me the opportunity to bounce ideas around with a trusted advisor.

A few years ago I hired an incredibly successful coach who is all about using the phone, live events and a multipronged approach to generating revenues.

On one of our coaching calls, it was recommended to host an open Q&A call on a Saturday. I got my marching orders and did exactly what my mentor recommended.

Not sure if I would get a result with people showing up, I sent a message out to my list to let them know all they needed to do was hop on the phone. No replay, no opt in, just show up.

Admittedly, I was a bit frustrated with less than 10 people showing up for the call. Yet, I gave those few people my all.

It was a pure Q&A call with one offer at the end; an in person mastermind event limited to 10 people.

One woman on the call jumped at the chance to join in on the mastermind. Not only did she pay for the mastermind, she went on to sign over $37,000 in coaching services with me. All from one small group call.

Here’s the deal… had I decided to ignore my coach’s suggestion, I would not have signed the client.

By being willing to be willing, and knowing this was why I hired this powerhouse coach in the first place (to get me out of my head, into action and stretch myself) I have had some incredible results in areas that I had not been focusing on.

Sometimes we don’t see the immediate results on things we do, but when we do the footwork, something gives.

Yet, how often do people talk themselves out of doing something without giving it 100%? And how much money and opportunity are they leaving on the table as a result?

Bottom-line is this; we have to be willing to take risks, have a multipronged approach to how we market our products and services and more than one way to generate revenue.

To have one, and only one way to bring in business is a huge mistake. To not risk keeps us safe… and broke.

The best thing to do is have short-term and long-term goals. With the short-term goals, make a commitment and stick with it.

Are you willing to do things differently? Are you willing to step out of your comfort zone? Are you willing to risk big to realize big rewards?

If you said no, maybe you are not cut out to be an entrepreneur. If you said yes, way to go. That’s what it takes to win big.