Having the ability to truly know ourselves is very important in every stage of our life. It is even more important to acquire that ability when we are running our own business, being our own boss, the time when we finally can tell people that “I am my own boss!”. To achieve that, having an entrepreneurial mindset is very important. Getting to know yourself is the first step we need to do to own that mindset. The founder of Ford Motor Company, Henry Ford once said, “Whether you think you can or think you can’t – you’re right.” So, it is possible for everyone to achieve this mindset.
- Positive attitude
Here we are talking about the ability to always maintaining a positive attitude. When it comes to running a business, the way you deal with the obstacles and challenges will reflect on the business, and it helps to shapes how your employees see you as their boss.
Eliminating negative emotions can help you make proper judgement towards those challenges, and with a positive attitude, people around you will have more confidence in you too.
- Openness to everything
Running a business is unpredictable, being an entrepreneur means that you have to be always prepared and have the ability to fight back whatever problems that occur. The ever-changing business environment requires you to have high adaptation towards different changes.
Other than that, entrepreneur not only takes in things, but they also give out what they have as well. Successful people don’t hoard money or knowledge, in fact, they are open and generous as they understand “you get what you give.”
- Being persuasive
Not just the ability to persuade potential customers to buy your products, but also the ability to let your employees believe in the solutions that you have proposed are effective.
No matter it is a sale or proposing a solution to a problem, it is important for an entrepreneur to persuade people. This is not only about being a persuasive person, but also an effective communicator who is able to let people listen and accept your ideas. When you’re an effective communicator, it allows you to drive your point across any other platforms, and lead to the growth of your business.
Motivating yourself even when you’re lost and feeling that you’re being stuck in a loop is crucial. It allows you to keep the momentum high and keep generating ideas that can help in thriving your business. It is also related to the first point we mentioned above, which is maintaining a positive attitude. When you believe in yourself that you can power through the problem, the more motivated you will be.
Business owners must understand the fact that no matter what happens and whatever problems occur, it will all be your fault. The reason being that is because as the owner, you are the one who gives instructions to your employees, what to do or what not to do.
Taking ownership and having accountability for your actions is important, not only just the possession you have on the business but also the ability to take responsibilities that go along with it. When you acknowledge and own up to the happenings of your business, you’re more likely to become more driven in making your business successful.
Now you’re finally the boss, you can make whatever decisions you want, but besides the operation and running of the business, you should slow down and take time to understand what is happening to your workforce.
Not only just the understanding of what tasks or projects that they are doing, but also their emotions, feelings, and thoughts. Gaining insights from them can help you in improving your business and see what is lacking that you might not have noticed.
The entrepreneurial mind is to be decisive. Being an entrepreneur means that you often have to make decisions with inadequate information on hand. At those points, being decisive can help you to decide what you need to do next and get back to work.
If you have something in progress, at least you can revise it afterwards if you find something wrong or inappropriate. As Jodi Picoult has said, “You can always edit a bad page. You can’t edit a blank page.” Decisive is an important trait to keep your business running and become successful.
Here we don’t mean investing in stocks but investing in yourself. Being an entrepreneur requires you to acquire different aspects of knowledge, from technical knowledge to interpersonal skill, it helps you to know your business well and allow you to have better communication with your employees.
Overall, times are always tough for every entrepreneur, and one of the keys to surviving from it is to have an entrepreneurial mindset. Keep up the drive and passion to achieve better, and help people to become better, and your business will continue to thrive.