It’s not just your wake-up times and working hours that change when you decide to be an entrepreneur. Your mindset has to undergo a shift, too. From pleasing bosses, you’re now focused on satisfying customers. From prioritizing financial stability, you’re now determined to take economic risks.
From going after recognitions for milestones, you’re now fixated on equipping your employees. How can you make this successful paradigm shift as a budding entrepreneur? Here are the habits you should develop:
Surround yourself with experienced people
You will learn a lot about business and the industry you’re in from people who are immersed in the field themselves. They can give you the support and critique you need for your ideas. They can also let you in on the direction your industry is leaning towards.
These are all valuable insights that would help you grow the entrepreneurial perspective. Of course, it’s also worth noting that in some instances, mentors are the very people who can open the windows of opportunity for you.
They offer partnerships, provide acquisition deals, even allow newbies to replicate their businesses, say, via franchising ice cream shops or pizza chains. The principle is, one of the keys to making a paradigm shift work is to get into the minds of seasoned entrepreneurs. So go attend networking events.
Meet your heroes. Be an apprentice to them, if possible.
Find new challenges
The entrepreneurial mindset is one that focuses on problem-solving. As mentioned earlier, you’re taking on the perspective of putting customers first, pursuing risks, and growing employees. All these require problem-solving skills. That said, as early as now, train your mind in coming up with solutions.
How do you do that? Seek out opportunities that would let you be out of your comfort zone, avenues that would force you to solve problems. This can be as simple as assuming responsibility of leading town hall meetings, rather than delegating it, if you’re not the type to speak in front of people.
Or make it a habit to listen actively to criticism and feedback when you can’t stand chronic complainers, whether it be employees or customers. And then move to seeking out bolder challenges, like trying out a new market niche or expanding your product line. The bottom line, find new ways to stretch your problem-solving skills.
Keep your vision in mind
When you’re an employee, your only concern is to get the daily job done. But when you’re an entrepreneur, you’re not just concerned about the now, but the future, too. You can’t be short-sighted when you’re doing business. You’re always thinking about what’s next so that you can hit your long-term goals.
Think about your vision then every day. Write it down in your journal. Collect images and come up with a vision board to hang up in your office. Then revisit these now and then. And as you do, share it to your employees, spouse, and family.
This will help in impressing the vision further in your mind, making it more real to you, leaving you with that can-do entrepreneurial mindset.
Do You Have the Right Perspective?
There are lots of things that will change once you decide to become an entrepreneur. But the most crucial change is the unseen: the one in your mind. Make a paradigm shift as you start growing your venture.