Entrepreneurship: What It Is, Who It’s For and How To Become Its Best Student
I want to show you a shortcut on how you too can become a successful entrepreneur, but first, let’s take a look at a couple of things that are happening in the entrepreneurial world nowadays…
Entrepreneurship is getting diluted!
Everywhere I turn I hear people call themselves an “entrepreneur”, but not many meet the requirements.
I understand the desire to want to be an entrepreneur because of what it promises and what is possible in this profession, but not everyone is prepared or willing to do what it takes.
Entrepreneurship is THE WAY to make dreams come true: build wealth, have flexibility, have freedom, design business, build empires, make an impact, and leave a legacy.
What most people underestimate is the effort, the investment, and the perseverance it takes to get to these desired outcomes.
I was asked to describe entrepreneurship in three words so I came up with what I think represents it really well: Mindset, Innovation, and Risk.
Let’s take a look at each one of them.
After working with coaches and entrepreneurs from over 23 countries, I can tell you that there is absolutely no shortage of innovation! People are becoming more and more creative each day, and we obviously have proof of past innovations as well. The reason the world it’s where it’s at today is because some people dared to be bold, then allowed their creativity to take shape and benefit the human race.
What I see most entrepreneurs lacking, and the reason why most dreams, ideas, and innovations don’t see the light of day is that individuals really struggle with their mindset and with taking risks.
This is why I really believe being an entrepreneur it’s not for the faint of heart. It’s not for the ones who are willing to give up at the first sight of struggle. It’s not for the ones who aren’t willing to take a stand for what they believe in. It’s not for the ones who want to take advantage and don’t give back.
However, entrepreneurship is crafted (literally the perfect glove) for the ones with a mission in their heart, with a desire to help in some way, and make a difference. It’s for the ones with a deep curiosity and passion for what they’re doing and for the problems they’re solving.
Entrepreneurship is the real definition of being bold (even for those who call themselves introverts). To be bold doesn’t mean to be loud or over ecstatic, even though that helped some individuals draw attention to themselves and their causes. To be bold means to stand for something. It means to back up your idea, to believe in it, to show it to the world even if you’ll be criticized, even if they can’t see it or understand it yet.
If you want to get inspired and get momentum, read ten biographies this week, or even just one — of someone you really admire and learn about the adversity they faced. We tend to only appreciate people for their success, but I think we would appreciate them even more if we realized the plethora of challenges they faced and what it really took for them to turn their dreams into reality.
After you’ve done the reading, take a piece of paper and write down the top five lessons you’ve learned from whom you’ve chosen to learn about and use it to guide you in the next week or month. Don’t admire their success only, it will make you feel like the odd man out because you only see one minuscule part of their life. Instead appreciate the process, understand their habits, and learn from their entire journey- both from wins and losses.
Now it’s time to put into action what you’ve learned. Refer to those lessons as often as you need, you’ll be impressed on how helpful they’ll be.
And remember: when adversity knocks, you’re no longer in the unknown because when you become the student of those who’ve mastered the art of entrepreneurship before you, their discoveries and their lessons become your map to your success!