Let’s be honest! The majority of the US population doesn’t like to learn new things (and we’re not talking about the older generation). The saying “you can’t teach an old dog new tricks” is a load of malarkey to me and I strongly believe it is meant to stop people from pursuing their dreams, and don’t get me started on aspiring entrepreneurs afraid to take the hop into entrepreneurship. While the transition isn’t easy, it is certainly doable. So when I decided to take the leap from average corporate American employee to bold, confident entrepreneur, it was hard to say YES to such a venture.
In order to get to that dauntless entrepreneur, you must first start with the mindset you need to succeed. If you haven’t read my previous blog, The Mindset of an Entrepreneur, now would be a good time to do so: http://www.dmbkimberlee.com/the-mindset-of-an-entrepreneur/.
The next thing I would recommend includes two words: Personal Development. This is a MUST to make this transition. Unless you have an innate drive to earn a better life, schedule in an hour of personal development daily. Books, audios, podcasts, whatever you can get your hands on and attending seminars are all facets of the game. You must be constantly and consistently be in learning and growing mode. Here an adage that should help you: you’re either green and growing or ripe and rotting.Ever heard the saying, there are no mistakes only lessons! That saying couldn’t be any truer and still holds its weight until today. Entrepreneurs’ make mistakes, own up to their mistakes and learn from them. The beauty of it is, there is no one to answer to, unlike employees. Every situation that goes awry is a lesson with a blessing in disguise (even the ones that cost money! Bet you will never make that mistake again.) This is where personal development comes into action, YOU can easily piece your mind back together. This allows you to be vigilant about anything you do for your business.Being uncomfortable becomes a new best friend. There will be times that it will hurt to be uncomfortable. Once the pain was over, there was a sense of relief.
My last advice is to enjoy breaking the rules. Employees are used to following the rules of their employer. When you start a business, you have freedom and liberty to create whatever you want. So if you want to create a 2-hour lunch break for your employees, then the employees have an amazing boss. If you want to allow pets in your office (which I don’t recommend simply because of a cuteness overload) then so be it. YOU ARE THE BOSS!
After all, it’s your business with your rules, who is going to correct you?