Key Tips to Developing Your Inner Entrepreneur


The Entrepreneurial Mindset -

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Some experts think of entrepreneurs as people who are willing to take risks that other people are not. Others define them as people who start and build successful businesses. Regardless of how you define an "entrepreneur," one thing is certain: becoming a successful entrepreneur isn't easy.

So, how does one person successfully take advantage of an opportunity, while another, equally knowledgeable person does not? Do entrepreneurs have a different genetic makeup? Or do they operate from a different vantage point, that somehow directs their decisions for them?

Though many researchers have studied the subject, there are no definitive answers. What we do know is that successful entrepreneurs/business owners seem to have certain traits in common.

·        Personal characteristics.

·        Interpersonal skills.

·        Critical and creative thinking skills.

·        Practical skills.

Most Importantly they ALL have an Entrepreneurial Mindset

What is a Entrepreneurial Mindset and do you have one?

A mindset is a fixed set of ideas that we all maintain about a certain subject. It determines how we will react to certain situations. For example, "I'm no good at languages so there's no point trying to learn French." With this attitude and state of mind, even if you were to try to learn French, how successful do you think you would be? The answer for most of us would be, very unsuccessful. We would have talked ourselves out of success before we’d even tried. And yet, many people successfully learn a new language. Why is that?

Successful and unsuccessful people do not vary in their abilities but rather vary in their DESIRES to reach their potential
— John Maxwell

Let’s look at these 10 qualities of successful entrepreneurs:

1.      Positive Thinking: No matter what happens, an entrepreneur can frame it in a positive light.  

2.      Learn from Failure and Move On: Entrepreneurs generally don't achieve success on the first try. But they try and try again. They're resilient and persistent.   

3.      Know the Moment to Give Up: Entrepreneurs also know when to stop pushing for something and wasting time and energy on a project that just isn’t working.

4.      Delegate to Others: They don't try to do everything themselves but reach out for help and designate tasks to those who are best equipped to do them.

5.      Love Learning: Entrepreneurs have a hunger for knowledge and new ways of thinking and embrace change.

6.      Take Risks: They are risk-takers, but not of random risks taken for no reason at all. The risks are calculated and considered.   

7.      Follow-Through: Entrepreneurs are always on the lookout for new opportunities, even when there is not necessarily an immediate result. 

8.      Remain Flexible: They are open to continuous change and improvement, and they are ready to adapt or change plans at a moment’s notice.

9.      Set Goals: People with the entrepreneurial mindset set goals as a way to focus on the future and motivate themselves forward. 

10.   Keep Good Company: Entrepreneurs surround themselves with other entrepreneurs, positive influencers, and like-minded individuals. 

As you went through these qualities of the entrepreneurial mindset, what did you think? Did you feel that some (or many) of them apply to you? Can you see areas where you could change or improve?

Don’t let your mindset interfere with your success.

If you believe you have nothing valuable to offer to anyone, then your negative mindset is going to prevent you from making a success of your business. What attitudes or beliefs do you have that could interfere with your success


Change Your Mindset and You Will Change Your Life

The good news is that your current mindset is not a blueprint for life. By taking a close look at your beliefs and asking important questions, you can change your mindset and set yourself up for success.

All successful people acknowledge the importance of having the right mindset in helping them succeed. Great athletes don't just have physical ability and training - they have the mindset to win. Renowned musicians don't just have talent and perfect pitch - they have the mindset to share their gift with the world. Pick up any book that tells you how so-and-so made two million dollars in their first year, follow their 'simple formula for success' and their strategies, and will you become successful? You might become successful, but many will not because they don't have the mindset of success.

Develop Your Entrepreneurial Mindset

Getting out there and acting like an entrepreneur will give you the challenges and learning opportunities that will transform your mindset.

What are some of the activities that you could use to cultivate an entrepreneurial mindset?

For example, you could:

What are some new skills you can learn and where can you learn them? Is there a particular risk or challenge your intuition is telling you to take?

Write down 3 actions you can take to help you to develop different aspects of the entrepreneurial mindset.

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Are We Training Our Daughters to be Circus Elephants?

Gender Discrimination in  Today's Workplace

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As a little girl growing up in Kansas I found that most of my girlfriends were busy playing dress up or school teacher. As for me, I loved pretending that I was a powerful business owner.  Honestly, I don’t think I had a clue what being a business owner meant other than I knew I needed a large desk, which I constructed out of a few corrugated boxes and a piece of plywood my father let me use.  On top of my new desk, I placed a stack of paper from my Big Chief notebook, a variety of pens, and a calendar for keeping track of my important meetings of course. So why 45 years later am I sharing this childhood memory?  Because I believe it is relevant to today’s workplace and the false boundaries that have been drilled into the minds of women.

Recently, I was completing some research for a new eCourse I am teaching, “Girl Entrepreneurs Rock - How to Start Your Own Business” When I ran across an article written by PEW Research  (pewreaserch.org) “Gender Discrimination”. In the article, they claim that over 42% women “feel” they are discriminated against in the workplace.  Now don’t get me wrong, discrimination is still lurking in many industries - yes even in 2018. But sadly, you will find discrimination is not “For Women Only” but rather an equal opportunity dysfunction of some ill-informed business owners/managers that choose to discriminate against gender, race, religion, politics, and even the physical appearance of potential staff members. So, although I believe that 42% of women might “feel” they are being discriminated against, I strongly disagree that this is the reality. I believe that after decades of society telling us the lie, you know the one,  “all women will be discriminated against in the workplace” we as women have started believing the fictitious boundaries of limited opportunities. I compare this phenomenon to the old practice of training of baby circus elephants.
 

"The thoughts we think equals the results we get"     -  Unknown

Training Baby Elephants

A trainer places a baby elephant in an empty pen and drives a massive, 10-foot iron stake into the ground, drags out a thick, heavy, metal chain, and tethers it to the small elephant's leg. The shackled animal fights and fights to get free but regardless of how much the baby tries he can’t break free and eventually gives up.
Now fast forward 10 years. That elephant, now massive, mature, and strong, is tied by a thin rope and a small piece of wood shoved in the ground. The grown elephant could, with a small step break free yet it doesn’t. Why? Because long ago, when it was a baby, it learned it was not capable of escaping. Now as a full-grown adult, it holds onto that false belief that he doesn’t even attempt to break free.

No Lies - No Limits

So after reflecting on my childhood playtime and the latest article on gender discrimination, I asked myself why, as a career woman, (starting in the 80’s) I was able to achieve top executive positions in a predominately male industry? Why was I able to start up and operate several successful companies? Then it hit me, I was never told that women didn’t have equal rights in the workplace. I pushed past boundaries not because what I heard in the media or read in the latest article but rather what I believed to be true - I was capable. I am certain there were times discrimination presented itself but I refused to give it the power to hinder me.
In the business world, there is a plethora of individuals, both men, and women, that still want you to believe in the lie of your limitations due to their own fear of your success. But you, and only you are responsible for speaking your own truth - the truth that you are capable of succeeding in any career you choose. The 10-foot iron stake has been removed and the metal shackle has been cut.

What proof do I have to make such a bold statement? Simply by reading the latest stats on the power of women in business.

Today's Women


More than 224 million women impact today’s global economy, according to the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor, including the 126 million female entrepreneurs who have started businesses and 98 million women who operate established enterprises. Women also make up the fastest-growing segment of business owners in the U.S. – and the Harvard Business Review says they represent 37 percent of global enterprises. According to NAWBO (the National Association of Women Business Owners), combined they generate $1.5 trillion in sales.

Technology allows a work from anywhere lifestyle, making today’s economy especially well-suited for women to start and sustain a business.

Below learn how you can join this growing segment of women business owners.

Note: This opportunity is not gender bias. Our course is designed for anyone who has an entrepreneurial spirit.

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Women Entrepreneurs: The Fastest Growing Segment of Business Owners

No Glass Ceiling Only Self Imposed Limitations

"The thoughts we think equal the results we get"

More than 224 million women impact today’s global economy, according to the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor, including the 126 million female entrepreneurs who have started businesses and 98 million women who operate established enterprises.

Women also make up the fastest-growing segment of business owners in the U.S. – and the Harvard Business Review says they represent 37 percent of global enterprises. According to NAWBO (the National Association of Women Business Owners), combined they generate $1.5 trillion in sales.

Technology allows a work from anywhere lifestyle, making today’s economy especially well-suited for women to start and sustain a business. If you focus on customer empathy and delivering digitally, you are where business is going.

Below learn how you can join this growing segment and stop working hard to make your boss’s dreams come true - instead start working hard to make YOUR dreams come true.

Note: This opportunity is not gender bias. Our course is designed for anyone who has an entrepreneurial spirit.

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5 Steps to Finding the Right Career for You

5  Steps to Finding the Right Career for You

I was one of the rare lucky ones to know what I’d be doing with my life before I turned 21. Although I was never a wiz in school, I could calculate numbers in my head faster then most of my friends could help with their calculators, and no I didn’t become an accountant. But I did focus on my love of numbers and realized I could calculate down to the decimal point regarding the cost of individual processes, and then figure out a more efficient and cost-effective way to make things flow. 

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10 Steps to Create the Ultimate Vision Board

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The Science that says "WHY" this Works.

Are you one who thinks a vision board is simply child’s play, then think again. They work, and there’s actually neuroscience along with other scientific studies that help us understand the power behind this simple tool.

First of all, visualization has been proven to be one of the most powerful mind techniques you can do. A vision board is basically an extension of your mind, it takes your thoughts and couples them with actions, driving a higher level of results. Olympic athletes have been using it for decades to improve performance, and Psychology Today reported that the neuro brain patterns activated when a weightlifter lifts heavyweights are also similarly activated when the lifter just imagined (visualized) lifting weights.

Vision without action is merely a dream. Action without vision just passes the time. Vision with action can change the world. - Joel A. Barker

What is a Vision Board?

A vision board is a tool used to help clarify, concentrate and maintain focus on a specific life goal. Literally, a vision board is any sort of board on which you display images that represent whatever you want to be, do or have in your life.

What can a vision board do for you?

Your vision board will function similar to a road map,  or more currently ”your online Google map”, as my husband likes to call it, ”His Nav Babe”. It works as a visual reminder of your desired destination and route.  In a way, it works as a primer for your subconscious.

Malcolm Gladwell, author of Blink shares examples of how simply reading lists of words designed to evoke a certain feeling such as aggression or cooperation can bring out that emotion without our conscious awareness, even if we know we’re being manipulated. It sounds a bit scary but it shows how powerful our mind works and the power of the words we feed it. That is one of the many reasons I am an advocate for using a lot of positive words, not only on my own boards but the boards of my clients.

Steve Harvey and Oprah discussing Vision Boards on OWN

 
 

Are you ready to start creating your

Vision Board?


 10  Steps to your Ultimate Board

Step 1: Clear your mind

The most important step to creating any goal or vision is to empty your mind of old thoughts, allowing it to be free to think without predetermined limits or boundaries. Why is this step important?  Because an empty mind is:

  • Aware—embracing the present moment and experience
  • Peaceful—it doesn’t dwell on the same thoughts
  • Intuitive—it’s receptive to input from higher sources
  • Free—from judgment and worry
  • Creative—allowing inspiration and new ideas to come in
  • Relaxed—it releases stress and fosters wellbeing
  • Energized—no effort is wasted on unwanted thoughts

I recommend meditation.

Meditation is the best way to calm your overactive mind. It’s simple and requires only a couple of things—stillness and your willingness to do it.

How to do it—find a quiet place, at your home, office or even outside in the midst of nature. Set a timer for 10 to 20 minutes.

Sit upright, on the floor, ground, or a chair, close your eyes and start focusing on your breath. Take a few breaths, in and out slowly, and follow your breath. Think of a few things that you’re thankful for and name them in your mind, then smile. As you continue to smile, follow your breath; inhale and exhale. Don’t worry if your mind resists in the beginning. Your mind may wander and you may lose focus on your breath. That’s normal. Awareness comes in waves. Just ride it as long as you can, then catch the next one.

If you have a hard time focusing on your breath, start counting with each breath. Once you are relaxed it is time to move to step two.

Step 2:  Today I Am

As in every journey, there is always a starting point. So, before you plan your journey forward you must understand where you currently stand in your life. Defining your starting point will help you set benchmarks and measurables. Grab your workbook (free download) and turn to page - "Today I Am” and answer the listed questions.

TIP: Answer the questions with your initial thought and keep them honest. Your journey forward will start to unfold as soon as you reveal your current location in life.

Step 3: What is on Your Bucket list

Webster states that a bucket list is:  "a number of experiences or achievements that a person hopes to have or accomplish during their lifetime." I agree with Webster except for the one word ..."hope".  I personally like to exchange "hopes to have" to "Will have".  Remember the power of words in the previous paragraph.   

Turn to the page in your planner "Bucket List" and write down EVERYTHING you dream of having and doing in your life. There are no limits to your dreams.  Make them enormous.

Step 4: Determine Your Theme

Determine a theme for your board. This can be as broad as “My Life” or as narrow as “My Career." Keep in mind; there are no ”Vision Board Quotas” so you can create as many as you want to make. In fact,

Warning; they can actually become addicting once you see the power of visualizations.

Step 5: Materials

Gather all the materials listed in your Planner on the page "Materials",  place them in the workspace you have designated to create your vision board. Keep in mind, some of the materials will need to be kept out of the hands of small children and away from quality furniture (i.e., glue, scissors, etc) but you know that already. In the business world, we call that CYA, so thanks for indulging my old corporate habits.

Step 6: Gathering Images

Your board is only as powerful as your images so choose wisely. You may find images, that at the moment feel perfect, but later you decide not to use on your board - don’t worry, I have never used all the images I ”thought” I would. Also, keep your mind open to all types of media, you can find great images in magazines, on the internet, in ads, or you may even choose to draw your own. All is fair in thought and vision. This is where “Go Bold or Go Home” is a good rule of thumb. The images you choose should move you and stir something deep inside.

Step 7: Inspirational Quotes

Now that you have gathered the images that reflect your future dreams, back them up with powerful inspirational quotes.

You’ve got to think about big things while you’re doing small things so that all the small things go in the right direction.” Alvin Toffler

 Even if you choose mot to put the quotes directly on the board, they are powerful when placed in areas you can see them daily. Take it one step further and write them in your Planner on the designated page for quotes. Another proven fact is; when we write your thoughts down vs. just thinking them, it activates multiple areas of the brain stimulating memory. so write, write, write ...

Step 8: Let the Creative Juices Flow

It is time to create. Cut out the images and plan their placement. You can place as many or as few images on your board. The key is to make sure it speaks to YOU. Since I will be suggesting that you place your board where you can see it frequently, you may want to choose primary colors that go with your decor (or not).

Great Tip: Once you’ve planned out your board, take a photo of it before you start securing the images into place. If you are using glue, you will need to remove the images in order to place glue on the backs and the photo will help you remember their placement.

Step 9: Place and Admire.

You can place your board where wherever you desire - but, again, the power in this board is ”seeing” it regularly. I have clients who take photos of the completed board and use it as the wallpaper on their tablets and phones. You can also do like Steve Harvey did and have a photo in dozens of key locations. Regardless of where you place your board or the photos of your board, you have just embodied your dreams in a visual format.

Step 10: To Do List - Once your board is completed you will need to create a list of  actions that will turn your dreams into reality.

Now, Get ready for great things to start taking place in your life. This is your journey - make it an exciting one.


Before starting your Vision Board, Download and read through this Ultimate Guide designed to take your Vision Board to the next level and reboot your brain to think BIGGER.  We would love to see the photo of your board, along with your success stories.  Please send to

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