You can win big in life by adopting an entrepreneurial mentality. It will allow you to overcome problems that other people find insurmountable, enabling you to detect hidden solutions and opportunities in difficult situations.
How can you train yourself
to become more entrepreneurial? Taking risks, staying alert, and being
quick at exploiting chance encounters are things that do not come
naturally to most of us. Nevertheless, like any other skill,
entrepreneurship becomes sharper through practice.
approach is simply to make a list of those traits that you wish to
acquire and work constantly at improving the quality of your thinking.
What are the characteristics of the entrepreneurial mind? My own list
contains five points.
1. Dissatisfaction with the current status
Contented souls seldom have the drive that is necessary
to challenge the way things are. On many occasions, entrepreneurship is
linked to personal dissatisfaction with a product, service, or
environment. Annoyance and irritation can fuel the motor of change. A
strong wish to turn the present into a better future is the thread line
of many entrepreneurial careers.
2. Asking hard questions
things that seem self-evident. Why should you follow traditions that
make no sense? Can things be improved? Why do we have to wait in line to
purchase certain products or services? Is there a better way? When
everything is expensive, try cheap. When everything is cheap, try
borrowing. The best opportunities lie always below the surface.
3. A consistent vision
There is moral ambition and there is the search of
wealth. In addition, many others are embarked in a quest for honours or
simply desire to make the world a better place. Pick your choice and
keep it present in your mind. What really counts here is consistency.
Random changes in your goals will block your entrepreneurial vision.
Confusion generates chaos. Consistency of purpose sharpens the mind.
Whatever path you take, you will face opposition and
criticism. Ambition is worthless unless it is accompanied by an iron
determination to persist, to try again, to stand up and push repeatedly
until the wagon moves. Why do different people possess unequal levels of
determination? Personal philosophy plays a major role in this. Those
who have a stable, rational, and integrated view of the world tend to
advance faster on the entrepreneurial road.
5. Acceptance that you will make some mistakes
What does a moral virtue have
to do with entrepreneurship? Everything. Intolerance and inflexibility
are deadly poisons when it comes to detecting opportunities and taking
initiative. Unless you push yourself to tolerate uncertainty and risk
beyond normal levels, your mind will never operate on a high
Make your own list of the traits
that you want to develop and place it on a visible place in your
kitchen or bathroom. The world of tomorrow is shaped by those who
reflect on their life's purpose while cooking and brushing their teeth.
For more information about rational living and personal development, I refer you to my book The 10 Principles of Rational Living
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