10 Reasons Why You’re Entrepreneurial

10 Reasons Why You're EntrepreneurialThe Journey of An Entrepreneur Can Be Tough And Often Misunderstood By Those That Choose A Different Path… No More Misunderstanding

Make no mistake, having your own business and becoming an entrepreneur requires effort and hard work, and I mean immense hard work at times! Even creating a small business start-up can be exhausting, but the end goal can make the journey well worth it.

Against all the odds, you still commit to putting everything you have towards making it work – your time, your visions, your finances and your beliefs, often doing this repeatedly. People around you will see you differently, question your behaviour including your closest group of friends and relatives. This why the journey can be a bumpy one to finding out how to become an entrepreneur how to start a small business and how to find a market to serve. Get a steady 9-5 job and arrive safely to your grave is the motto – but I will show you why this is simply not in your vocabulary:

1. You Believe You Have A Life To Live and It Must Be A Good One

Following the crowd, sailing along and settling for what passes your way, is a simple option for most, which can lead to a person ending up in places with no hope, being in a dead-end job that makes you feel cornered, and if lucky, living a mediocre life at best. These people often fantasize about the other side of the coin and how their life MIGHT be.

You on the other hand don’t fall sully to fascination, you are an entrepreneur first and entrepreneurial by nature which means you take action to discover what could be.

2. It Goes Deeper Than Just Being Employed – It’s Your Mission

It is not difficult to develop a life long occupation, people do this all the time. They find a job and make it their vocation for life continually living the rat race and trying to climb the crowded corporate ladder – this is standard – however, it is not standard to find their purpose in starting a business from thin air.

3. Achievement and Prosperity Defined Only by You

Is it: Your advanced position in society, power, wealth? Whatever it is, there is a chance that it is centered around the freedom and flexibility of being able to do whatever you want whenever you want and living a joyous life in a way that makes you feel complete in every way possible. That is one of your main reasons as an entrepreneur starting a business.

4. Not Fearful of Your Aspirations

You dream, you have entrepreneur business ideas, you imagine, you fall, you rise, you succeed – you embrace it all.

5. You Believe Entrepreneurship Is The Final Frontier

You hold a burning desire to explore the world of business and believe, through your entrepreneur business ideas, there are new revelations and opportunities to be uncovered.

6. People Said You Didn’t Have What It Takes

As a result, you wanted to show how wrong those people were. You began on this journey to prove them wrong but later were consumed with a stronger incentive, you couldn’t careless about what other people think any more, it became all about what you think and confirming to nobody but yourself that you are on the ball.

7. A Better Way of Living For You And Your Family

You believe the only and sure way to achieve this is by carrying the torch of self belief and to represent a certain standard to follow.

8. Your Desire Your Level Of Income To Only Be Limited By Your Flair and Expertise

Working a 9-5 job means one thing only, someone else determines how much you earn.

On the other hand, being an Entrepreneur, being self-employed, you determine how much you earn through how much work and time you put in.

9. “If They Can… “

Those of an Entrepreneurial spirit don’t believe people who have accomplished great things have super powers or some secret hidden advantage. You look at those that have achieved and think “If they can do it, so can I”.

10. You Just Want To Live A Life Fulfilled

You know that this can only happen if you give to others and could never happen if you spent your life giving to a company. In turn your life is well fulfilled from giving to others, and as a result you have provided for yourself in so many ways.

… and that is why you’re an Entrepreneur first by nature.

Entrepreneur Coaching

Entrepreneur CoachingWhen you don’t make a decision you forfeit control.

It’s weird. Many small business owners tell me that one of the main reasons they started their business was for control. They became an entrepreneur because they want control of their life. They were tired of answering to a boss. They want to do work that has meaning to them. They want flexibility in their schedule. They want to make their own decisions so that they can do what they want, when they want. They want to chart their own course and decide their own future.

They go on to tell me how excited they were when they first started because there were finally so many options. They could do it any way they wanted to.

You’re probably thinking, well that was the point, wasn’t it?

It’s shortly after they find themselves in that place of freedom things start to get strange.

I was speaking with a client of mine; he was incredibly frustrated because his business was not growing and he wasn’t finding any clients. His marketing and messaging were all over the place. He wasn’t enjoying himself or his business. He was concerned that what he was doing was not sustainable and he’d have to get a job.

I asked him what direction he wanted to go in, and he shared ten different ideas that all appealed to him. He wasn’t sure which made the most sense.

He had gone into his own business for control and yet, here he was in a position of power, in the exact spot he wanted to be in, and was unwilling to be his own boss, to take control, to do the very thing he wanted to do.

So what’s happening?

Starting your own business is very exciting. There is a tendency to want to jump in with both feet and throw caution to the wind. You want to charge full steam ahead.

It’s true that without a level of excitement and fearlessness nothing would ever get done and yet, at the same time, I have seen many small business owners left paralyzed, or floundering about trying to go in many directions at the same time.

You want to take control, you need to take control; and yet, taking control is scary. When you take control you have to say no to things. When you take control you commit to following a path. When you take control you risk being wrong. When you take control you expose yourself to criticism.

The funny thing about control is that until you take control, nothing will happen, well at least not what you want to happen.

Until you take control, there will be a void that someone, or something else, will fill.

Think about your potential clients. They are actively looking for help today. Until you decide how to reach them, what to sell them, and ask them to work with you, someone else will.

You will once again find yourself reacting to what other people are doing. You will find yourself trying to defend your decisions, or lack of decisions, to a boss. Only now it’s your friends, partners, spouses and, of course, yourself. Ultimately, you will find yourself out of business.

I will caution you about one thing. There are some things that you cannot control. There are some details best left to others and their expertise.

You went into business for control. Go ahead. Make a decision. Choose a path. The worst thing that will happen is that you will be wrong and if you are – well, take control once again and make a different decision.

How to Work Smarter Instead of Harder

Work Smarter“What we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us.”

Smart or Hard?

Hard work is important. Those who work hard and are consistent with their work are much more likely to achieve the things that they want.

However, working hard doesn’t necessarily mean that the work you are producing is of value and good quality. Other times working too hard may cause stress that leads to producing work that is of lower quality.

I believe that we must put more emphasis on working smarter. Let’s look at 5 ways on How to Work Smarter Instead of Harder.

Time. The first thing that you should be aware of is how you spend your time working. It’s a good idea to make a plan of what you will be working on, how you will carry out your work and also to decide how long you need to spend working on each task. This way you will learn how to use your time in a smart way so that you can reduce your working hours while being more productive.

Standards. Having standards are different that having goals. Standards mean that you have to obey to them because that is how your mind is conditioned. Setting higher standards mean that you are conditioning your mind to achieve things that you haven’t achieved before.

Reflect. A great way to monitor your work is to reflect on the goals that you have achieved and the ones that you fell short on. This way you can understand what works and what doesn’t, so next time you can set new goals applying the things that do work.

Distractions. Staying away from distractions will keep you focused while you are working. The main distractions to be aware of are smartphones, emails, social media and music. While working avoid these unless they are necessary in your work. Working without distractions is a great way to work smart and have more time in your day to do other things.

Downtime. Lastly, it is important to know that you shouldn’t work for long periods without giving yourself breaks. A nice routine is to work for 45 minutes with 10 minute breaks in-between. Furthermore, you should leave yourself time in the day to be enjoying the things you like to do and spending time with family and friends, after all that is more important than your work.

Remember to work smart alongside working hard. Use your time effectively and plan out your days. Create standards to achieve greater things. Reflect on your goals to find out what is working for you. Avoid distractions that use up your time and prevent you from working smart. And leave room for breaks to enjoy the things that you like to do.

Now that you’ve understood what it means to make better use of your time, you can apply this in any area of your life including your business.

Don’t Stop When You Are Tired Stop When You Are Finished

Don't Stop When You Are TiredWork ethic has lost some of its importance in the 21st century. If you ask must employees when they work they will respond with very specific parameters. A typical response might be that the work on weekdays only, Monday through Friday, weekends, or some combination and that they work for a specific time, such as nine to five, second shift, or a swing shift.

The benefit of being an employee is that you know exactly when, where, and how long to work. Once the limit is met you can stop working and let the business fend for itself.

This is the opposite work ethic required by the Entrepreneur. As an entrepreneur there will come a time when you get tired of working. Over a period of time the entrepreneur may even experience some burn-out. This will be especially true when the business is not going as successfully as planned.

The reality is that if you are going to be an entrepreneur it does not matter how exhausted you feel. It does not matter how many hours you worked today, or what time the clock says. If there is important work to be finished the entrepreneur must go beyond traditional quitting standards and get the work done.

One of the best strategies to improving work ethic is to do the hardest and most difficult tasks early in your work day. Most entrepreneurs are at the peak when first getting back to work. Entrepreneurs just can’t wait for the night to get over so that they can get back to doing something they truly enjoy.

Once the difficult and pressing tasks are completed then work on the items that have to be accomplished to keep the business open. Develop a checklist of things that have to be completed each day. Prioritize the list and then mark items off as they have been completed. Draw a line between all of the items that have to be finished today and those that could be finished if possible.

To be successful the entrepreneur must be dedicated to developing their work ethic. Sometimes this may mean “grunting” through dreaded or tedious tasks. It could mean always being the first in and last out of the office. A strong work ethic means never stopping until the important things are completed.

The moment you lose your work ethic is the moment your business fails. As long as you are able to keep plugging along, you will accomplish your goals.