Your Entrepreneurial Checklist …
Embarking on the journey towards entrepreneurship is exciting when envisioned in your mind but can be very daunting and demanding when materializing your ideas. Let me clearly state that being an entrepreneur is not for the faint hearted or those who are mentally weak. This type career path will highlight your strengths and your weaknesses and will force you to focus intently on bettering yourself to find success.
Are you tough enough mentally and emotionally? Are you prepared to work unbelievably hard and constantly keep a competitive mindset on how to better enhance yourself for success?
This is what entrepreneurship demands of you on a continual basis. Make sure you are completely prepared and mindful of what awaits you as a hopeful entrepreneur.
Here are some personal tools to help assist you along your entrepreneurial journey …
Okay, so you have taken your very first steps into the big bright world of being an entrepreneur. Everything you do from here on out has broadened your horizons and reality has set in. You will now require the strength to push through anything, including setbacks and discouraging circumstances. You will have a lot of responsibilities and have to wear many hats, including being your strongest advocate as well as your loudest motivational coach.
Taking that leap to becoming an entrepreneur is a competitive and demanding journey. Only those with the most determination and strong focus will succeed. Make sure you are included in that exceptional group of people.
Willpower is the key to success. Successful people strive no matter what they feel by applying their will to overcome apathy, doubt or fear. ~ Dan Millman, American Author
Every single entrepreneur out there has many days that are just plain tough. So, when it comes to commitment, there are no grey areas. Either you are committed to your ideas and dreams or you’re not. It’s truly that simple. You will have to work all the time, be willing to try anything, be flexible and willing to “get your hands dirty” all the while staying true to yourself. Just remember, many of the greatest visionaries have failed time and time again but they were unwaveringly committed to making their visions a reality.
The save you fear to enter holds the treasure you seek. ~ Joseph Campbell, American Professor of Literature
It’s unfortunate but the truth of the matter is that many people will doubt your ability to be a successful entrepreneur. First of all, shame on them and secondly, shame on you if you believed them – even for a second. If distractions of outside influences negatively interfere with the development of your business, then you may just be destined to fail. You must always remember to be your biggest, loudest and most obnoxious cheerleader when things seem impossible to accomplish. Perseverance is a very important aspect of being a successful entrepreneur.
You know that saying “If at first you do not succeed, try, try again”? That means that few individuals are able to achieve great things without first overcoming the obstacles that stand in their way. Entrepreneurship isn’t always the glamorous career path it has been made out to be. It’s about not giving up and the last man/woman standing when everyone else has fallen by the wayside.
With ordinary talent and extraordinary perseverance, all things are attainable.
~ Thomas Fowell Buxton, English Member of Parliament and Abolitionist
No matter what you may be feeling, or even fearing, you must be determined to conquer the risk of failure. Those who are fearful of the unknown remain in a dependent position, while those who produce answers in the unknown create freedom. Use all your feelings and fears as motivation to push harder towards the light of success.
As humans we are wired to survive and can sometimes be lazy. If we have enough in our terms, then we strive for a better life. So, if you want to accomplish something in your life you have to have the courage to protect your dreams. It’s not always easy, trust me, I know. Don’t be afraid. Face your fears and the results will show.
Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, ‘I will try again tomorrow'.
~ Mary Anne Radmacher, Author
One of the most common reasons for entrepreneur failure and sometimes even business closure is a lack of determination and persistence. Those who are not determined to persevere until full-blown success tend to just jump from one idea to the next when something becomes difficult. This is not the way to place yourself onto the path of success.
Determination helps you overcome the unexpected. It enables you to keep focused and makes you dig deep down. So, don’t throw in the towel on your goals!
We need to accept that we won’t always make the right decisions, that we will screw up royally sometimes – understanding that failure is not the opposite of success, it’s a part of success. ~ Arianna Huffington, co-founder of The Huffington Post
This is a tough one. Especially if you’re a creative individual or new to putting yourself out there. In order to thrive in today’s society, not only in the world of business, but also in the grand scheme of things, it’s important to have thick skin. We live in a world that can provide ample negative energy. And if all you do is dwell on that, you basically become a weaker person and move further away from your goals. But when you find you have finally developed thick skin, the word “procrastination” will no longer be a part of your vocabulary. You will not only no longer be afraid to do uncomfortable things anymore, they will actually excite you. Just never forget that thick skin should come with a soft and caring heart!
Be fearless in the pursuit of what sets your soul on fire.
~ Unknown Author
In the end, one of the keys to being successful is to recognize your strengths and your weaknesses. It will be easier to move forward, when you know where you already are. Remember, opportunities don’t grow on trees so make sure that you work on all of these qualities so that you are excited about what you’re sharing with the world through the eyes of your business.
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