This article comes from Entrepreneur.
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.
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.
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.
“Ready is a lie” explains Angie Lee, marketing expert, speaker and founder of The Angie Lee Show, a top-rated personal development podcast.
“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.
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 clarity on their goals. They’ve defined what they want to do, know what they’re looking for, and are able to pursue those opportunities with tremendous discipline. Because of this, they have the drive to see their tasks through no matter what.
Next up, you’ll want to adopt a healthy view of failure. This is something I constantly see in Fortune 500 perennials.
“An entrepreneurial mindset means I now see opportunities where I only saw impossibilities, and I have faith that pursuing those opportunities will yield a win no matter what – even if that win is the lesson of failure,” explains Natalie Davison, marketer, speaker and co-founder of Marrow Marketing. “When you get there, you’ll see that fear can shift into possibility and that’s a really powerful place for your mind to live.”
Instead of seeing roadblocks as a sign that you’re not cut out to be an entrepreneur or an indicator that something’s wrong, just view them for what they are: Temporary setbacks along the way. We’ll all encounter them, but it’s how we respond to them that counts. Your ability to see beyond these roadblocks and navigate your way through them as a problem solver will help you to succeed.
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