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How To Think Like An Entrepreneur

Updated on January 9, 2012
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Your Online Success Starts With Mindset.

So often people who decide to become their own boss and escape the 9 to 5 make plans and learn about all the different ways to escape the rat race only to run headlong into those plans without the proper mindset. Once the going gets tough or they aren't seeing profits like the get rich quick gurus tell them, they often give up right before the success they seek starts to appear. In this article, I want to help you to see your venture in the light of both realism and positivity.

As an entrepreneur your income is derived from the value you can provide for others. An entrepreneur sees the world through two different lenses. Both as an optimist AND a pessimist. Always seeing whats wrong with the world and looking for ways to fix what's wrong is how to think more like an entrepreneur and in doing so you'll see solutions and then market that solution to as many people as possible. As an employee however it's how the company sees your value.......to the company. Many online entrepreneurs start their journey of escape while still an employee so remember that when working for yourself, make that mind switch from employee to entrepreneur to speed your online efforts.

Building a business is a lot like lifting weights. At first the workload seems very difficult. After a few days the soreness sets in and just moving around can be quite painful but you keep at it. Weeks pass by and the soreness becomes manageable and you amaze yourself in how strong you've built your body. It's the same way when starting an online business. Starting in small incremental steps, slow and steady, you will be amazed at how far you will go. Consistency is key. Don't quit. Woody Allen the famous actor and director has a great quote. "80 percent of success is just showing up" What I take away from that quote is that action is key. You can learn as much as you want but if that was all you ever did and never took steps to implement the things you learned, you'd never make any amount of money.

Realize that you actually have control over your circumstances. Having a victim mentality will hinder your progress. When we constantly see our circumstances as a result of other peoples action or outside of our control, we mold our minds into thinking we're a victim and we have no control over what happens to us. That kind of thinking is wrong. We do have control, we always did, it's just that our mind tricked us into thinking otherwise.

What would it feel like to wake up in the morning and not knowing what day of the week it is? And more importantly that fact not mattering one iota to your success. For a small percentage of online entrepreneurs, this is their reality. One that I use as motivation to keep pursuing my learning and action in my online business. As entrepreneurs having a proper mindset and instilling the proper attitudes can make all the difference in your success and with proper education and consistent action your success is assured.



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      Sarah Kolb-Williams 5 years ago from Twin Cities

      You make some excellent point here -- not to mention a great impression with that picture! Well done!

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      Scott 5 years ago

      "An ounce of persistance weighs more than a pound of brains." S.T.

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      John J Gulley 5 years ago from Wisconsin

      Great Point! Keeping on keeping on can be tough when your not seeing the results your looking for but you know what they say. It's always darkest just before the dawn.

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      Helpful Hanna 5 years ago

      This is helpful. Thanks!

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      John J Gulley 5 years ago from Wisconsin

      Your welcome!

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      editorsupremo 5 years ago from London, England

      First of all welcome to Hubpages. Great hub. I totally agree that in order to be successful in business you have to change your mindset. You have to think like a business owner and not an employee.

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      John J Gulley 5 years ago from Wisconsin

      Thanks for the warm welcome. This community rocks. I hope that I can contribute in some small way to the overall efforts the people here provide.

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      DesmondDiz 5 years ago from United States

      Yes! Exactly, this is exactly whati was referring to in my first business hub! Awesome.

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