Overnight success is a myth, at least in the world that we live in.
To be successful at achieving your objectives you must be prepared to put in lots of hard work, have perseverance, and continually strive to make yourself even better.
These are sentiments that successful entrepreneurs live and breathe every day; these thoughts dominate their psyches, they are the fuel which helps them to keep chugging forward even when the track uphill seems insurmountable.
The successful entrepreneurs of today and those of years past all have remarkable stories of what they had to endure on their way to the top. Lots of these success stories are staple textbook contents that many people know almost word-for-word.
Naturally, success stories are compiled way after entrepreneurs’ achievements become legendary.
Is it possible though to appreciate what goes through the mind of an entrepreneur on every waking day when every attempt at making progress is thwarted back by an assortment of obstacles, frustrations, disappointments, short-lived joy, success-before-another-setback, and the like?
In my opinion, the entrepreneurial mindset is what keeps such men and women going forward even when the proverbial dawn seems like a far-fetched concept.
Thinking about it, these mindsets must surely comprise of the traits below.
Entrepreneurs are absolutely committed to succeeding at what they set out to do. Doing what they have to do to get there is a personal challenge that must be taken by the horns.
Shying off or running away from the challenge is just not an option; taking it head-on is the only way out. This is the way they know how to live and so what’s necessary has to be done.
To excel at what other people and the school of common thought perceive as “too difficult, impossible, or a struggle in futility” you must have an abundance of self-belief. You must also have abundant belief in your ideas of how the challenge can be tackled and overcome.
Entrepreneurs have tons of both; enough to buoy them up and forward even when the odds are stacked high against them.
Entrepreneurs often need to face new challenges that are quite impossible to get through using conventional approaches.
In the face of such a challenge many an ordinary person would hurriedly close shop, turn back, and declare the task impossible.
It is not so for entrepreneurs – not as long as their minds are instinctively urging them forward towards success. They therefore venture into paths unknown and boldly ready themselves to overcome anything that would dare prevent them from reaching their goals.
This quality is never too far away from courage. Staying the course even when the road ahead is clouded with doubt and raging with winds of despair requires lots of determination.
Faced with discouragement and seemingly unending setbacks entrepreneurs employ grit to pull forward at times when simply walking away looks like the best thing to do.
Charting one’s course forward where there’s no structured path to follow means that many of the approaches you’ll have to consider when handling different situations will be unconventional.
Entrepreneurs face lots of these situations and because there’s no manual to refer to they simply go with their gut feelings.
It’s not as simple though.
Entrepreneurs weigh up several courses of action and ponder about what the consequences of each may be. Sometimes these decisions have to be made quickly. Making the wrong call isn’t anything new though. Nevertheless, being in such situations time and again does sharpen their decision-making ability.
The need to get what they want compels entrepreneurs to step away from their comfort zones and make a pursuit of their objectives.
Many people feel that it’s safer to stay with what works, and will gladly do so, instead of taking risks to find out if a new approach will work similarly or even do better.
Entrepreneurs, on the other hand, understand that the pursuit of their objectives requires them to take risks. They however strive to make decisions based on calculated risks.
Entrepreneurs begin by dreaming and forming mental pictures of whatever it is they need to achieve. They then identify what the goals and objectives of this achievement are.
Based on these they are able to map a strategic course and plan of action that will lead them to the desired achievement. Having a vision helps entrepreneurs to remain focused and result-driven.
It takes discipline to remain committed and dedicated to getting things done. This is more so when success isn’t forthcoming and the task is fraught with setbacks.
Entrepreneurs are human beings too and in such circumstances they also think about how pleasant it would be to lie on the beach and sip on pinacoladas.
Discipline however prevails on them to continue getting things done every day and to not call it quits until the desired result is attained.
Failure is for entrepreneurs not a scary monster but rather just another thing that must be taken in stride.
Recurrent failure is not enough to deter entrepreneurs from achieving their goals and objectives; it just gives them a new motivation to keep working until success is theirs.
Situations that are seemingly hopeless are turned around in the nick of time and quite often innovative solutions for similar bottlenecks are born.
Entrepreneurs are not afraid of change and whatever consequences this may have for their businesses. They quickly accept the reality of the situation and proactively think of solutions and approaches that they can employ to make the best of the new environment.
Quickly reacting to new opportunities as they arise, they forge ahead with belief and foresight.
Personal development and advancement are things that entrepreneurs continually invest efforts towards. They are almost always thinking about new ways to grow and will take up opportunities that will teach them something new even if it’s outside their current scope.
They select mentors and other figures of inspiration aiming to learn new things that will make them better.
As a result of their successes entrepreneurs are looked up to by many people who then use their examples to excel in their own lives. In interacting with others, entrepreneurs identify useful talents and qualities in different people and they often take to helping them to achieve their potentials.
These are some of the characteristics of the entrepreneurial mindset. Do you feel that most of these qualities describe you? Do you feel that you have what it takes to be an entrepreneur?