Have you ever noticed how successful entrepreneurs always have that same aura about them? When you look at Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, Richard Branson and Mark Zuckerberg, they all have something in common. That’s their deep characteristics. It’s the way they think that allows them to take ideas and make them into something bigger. It’s a way of thinking that pushes them out of their comfort zone and achieve success.
You too can access this way of thinking. It’s simply a case of changing your attitude. Instead of living in fear, take a risk and put yourself out there. Belief in yourself and the strength of your ideas. Speak with passion about your project and dream big. That’s how you think like an entrepreneur. And when you start thinking like one, it won’t take long to become one.
Dream big. Most schools and jobs teach you to think small. They teach you to think of practical solutions and work on practical skills. Whilst that is good, to a degree, it doesn’t help you break the mould and explore further. Don’t be afraid to think big. Every great startup success began with a dream of changing the world. They wanted to make an impact and alter the way things worked. Without those huge goals and dreams, you’ll never work towards a life-changing business.
Don’t sit around and wait for something to happen. Make things happen for yourself. No-one else is waiting to hand you your dreams and success on a plate. Entrepreneurs are proactive. They have an idea and start chasing it immediately. They are constantly planning and thinking about how to turn dreams into realities. They are hard working and loathe inefficiency.
Explore your passions. We are conditioned to believe that hobbies and passions aren’t compatible with working. Stop thinking of them as separate entities. If you are unhappy in your job, start following your passions instead. When you do, you’ll be motivated and work hard. Expertise is rooted in passion as you’ll crave to learn more and get better. Success will come as a byproduct of your drive and passion.
Take risks. No great success happens overnight. It requires years of hard work and usually an element of risk. Don’t be afraid to put yourself out there. If you need help overcoming problems that might hinder this, seek help or advice. Of course, you must take considered risks. If you believe in yourself and your idea, then most risks are calculated. Risk shows that you are prepared to put your money where your mouth is. That is vital when attracting investors.
Don’t take no for an answer. If you’re running a startup, the amount of times you hear the word ‘no’ will be deafening. You’ll be turned down for loans and investment. Clients will choose alternative proposals and your initial product may be rejected by the public. Great entrepreneurs don’t give up at the first hurdle. They don’t take no for an answer. They learn from the ‘no’ and they make sure it doesn’t happen again. They find another route. There is always another way.