Want To Be A Successful Entrepreneur? Think Like A Mosquito
I love the great outdoors. The only problem is I’m a mosquito magnet. I have to bathe myself in insect repellent just to have a good time. Ten minutes outside without insect repellent and the mosquito's are buzzing around me like P52 Mustangs.
If a mosquito bites you on the neck and you try to swat it and miss, it moves to your shoulder. Try again and it moves to your arms or legs. It will not stop until it has its quota. It's probably the most persistent creature on the planet. While I hate mosquito's, I have to admire their persistence. They will not stop until they are either satisfied or squashed between your hands. Any idea why? You guessed it; their lives depend on it. They run the risk of death every time because the reward (staying alive) is worth the risk.
Among other things, risk and persistence are a part of an entrepreneur’s life as well. If you want to be successful, you have to push forward because your entrepreneurial life depends on it. Here are some absolute musts for every entrepreneur.
“Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.”
Winston S. Churchill
This might be the hardest necessity of them all. Being an entrepreneur is not for the faint of heart. In fact, it can be downright scary. It would be so much easier to throw in the towel when the going gets tough but you can’t. Be strong and have faith. If you've never started a business before, taking that first step into the unknown requires a great deal of courage. The naysayers are going to come out of the woodwork's. That little devil that sits on your shoulder is going to whisper to you it won't work; others can do it but not you. When this happens, here's a rhetorical question you need to ask yourself; What do they know?
“The best way out is always through.”
Like the mosquito that will not quit, you have to be persistent and continue moving forward when challenges present themselves. Doors are going to slam in your face. Rejections are going to happen. That's a part of being an entrepreneur. But, like the mosquito that attacks you from all angles, you have to push forward. If you have a good product or service, you can't give in. Like Winston Churchill said, "If you're going through hell, keep going."
“The mind is not a vessel to be filled, but a fire to be kindled.”
There's an old saying; all leaders are readers (I know mosquitoes don't read, but they do learn). If you are an entrepreneur, you are a leader, even if you don't have followers yet. If you're not reading the necessary books and attending the seminars that are going to educate you on how to succeed, you are sure to fail. One of my favorite books is The Top 10 Distinctions Between Millionaires and the Middle Class by Keith Cameron Smith. In one chapter, he talks about how millionaires continually learn and grow while the middle class thinks learning ended with school. There is a direct correlation between personal growth and personal wealth. As an entrepreneur, you have to stay current on trends and events in your industry if you want to succeed and be competitive.
“You can't use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.”
Creativity goes hand-in-hand with educating yourself. If one door slams in your face, find another way to get through. The mosquito is going to find another way to satisfy its needs if one avenue is removed. You have to do the same. The best way you can do this is by reading and educating yourself. If you read enough, chances are you will encounter someone else that has experienced the same thing and got through it. Learn from what others have done and apply some of your God given creativity.
Patience, persistence and perspiration make an unbeatable combination for success.
Being patient is the one thing you really don't have much of a choice in. It takes time to build a successful business. Whether you like it or not, success does not come overnight. Now, I'm not saying you have to have the patience of Job. We all get a little antsy for something to happen. What I'm saying is don't rush things. Don't take action on anything if the best course of action is to wait. Impatience can irreparably damage your business.
Being an entrepreneur is a never ending growth process. In order for you to continue growing as a business owner, you have to acknowledge and accept your role as a student. Humble yourself and embrace the learning, and you will have success beyond your wildest dreams.