An Entrepreneur Does NOT Follow The Crowd!
Entrepreneurs Do Not Follow The Crowd!
Think of it this way. Most entrepreneurs have been an employee for most of their working lives. This creates the mindset of “doing things a certain way” and yes, this makes sense. The employer has their own way of doing things, their rules, and their processes.
Employees need this. For those employees who have different entrepreneurial skill sets, this gets tedious. Once I know what has to be done, yes, I follow (mostly) the employer’s directions. Adding a few tweaks of my own keeps me productive and interested.
My profession molded my entrepreneurial skill set. I have been in the computer field since I was 19 and yes; it is a mind-boggling change set of rules! Because of the profession:
- I am accustomed to changing directions
- I am accustomed to chaos
- I am accustomed to a team of people putting their heads together to figure out where the software or process is malfunctioning.
That helped me to have confidence in my research capabilities, my check-off lists, and my decisions. Becoming an entrepreneur wasn’t a conscious decision. I did special projects on the side (as a hobby) for friends and referrals. This kept me in the game with design, something I was very passionate about.
There are two different entrepreneurs ~ Type #1:
- Entrepreneurs are decisive
- Entrepreneurs admit a process needs tweaking or that the idea really wasn’t one that would work well
- Entrepreneurs do their research, seek advice from a successful entity, and listen to problems and ideas that worked.
- Entrepreneurs own their decision ~ then move forward to correct whatever needs correcting.
Type #2 ~ The ‘Want a Be’:
- The Want A Be Entrepreneur has a great hobby or product that they want to turn into a business venture, but they don’t have confidence in themselves to make that decision.
- They listen to their family and friends who sometimes negate the idea of working for themselves, letting them know they need to get an actual job.
- They may not take their business seriously. Sitting down, writing out a marketing plan, or just a plan of action, is imperative ~ it helps to keep you on track ~ to log what works and what doesn’t.
- They may not see the value of seeking their local SCORE (the nation’s largest volunteer business mentors), and classes at very reasonable rates where a former employee can learn what they need to know to begin their pathway to entrepreneurship.
- Indecisiveness ~ this is a killer ~ entrepreneurs do not doubt their idea, do not seek out validation from their broke friends and family. They seek advice and mentorship from those that are where they want to be.