2017/12/21

Successful Entrepreneurs Think Differently in 3 Ways

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Your mindset affects what you believe is possible, and that will dictate what actions you take in your life and business. Your thoughts will either help or hurt your business. The way you think is one of your most valuable assets as an entrepreneur. Successful entrepreneurs understand this better than most.

Cultivating a strong mindset is a lifelong process, but today we have access to books, blogs, podcasts and videos that help us learn, grow and accomplish our goals. Successful entrepreneurs make learning and understanding themselves better a priority. 

This year, I saw firsthand how the important it is to think differently. Having the right mindset led to explosive growth in my business. Here are three ways successful entrepreneurs think differently that help them grow.

1. They realize that excuses do nott lead to results.
Excuses stifle progress. Successful entrepreneurs understand how detrimental they can be and recognize them when they start to creep up. They do their best to control problems and issues head-on. They do not run away and they do not blame someone else. 

When things do not go as planned, it feels easier to avoid dealing with the issue, especially if it is our fault. Word of mouth is one of the most powerful forms of marketing and excuses that will kill your reputation. Don’t let excuses have any part of your business. Realize that roadblocks are overcame when you do not pretend they are not there.

2. They accept failure as valuable life experience.
Successful entrepreneurs understand that failure teaches you valuable life lessons, and they learn instead of giving up. They view failure as a sign that they are continuing to grow in their life and business.

If you are not experiencing failure in your entrepreneurial journey, you will not take enough action; If you hit every goal you set without much resistance, you will not set big goals. You should set goals so ambitious that you may be hard to reach. Use those to stay motivated and never complacent.

3. They value their time above all else.
Successful entrepreneurs value time above money. They realize that time is the one thing you cannot get back or create more of. They maximize their time by saying no' to things that do not benefit where they are in their journey. They realize that time is precious and avoid wasting it.

Your time is your most valuable commodity. Treat it accordingly. In business, this means saying no to meetings and opportunities that do not make sense for your business. It means not allowing all the bright shiny objects out there to sidetrack you. It means you focus on what will help your next steps.

You start a business to create a life of freedom. That freedom lets you spend each day and moment on what is important to you. Your business should fit into your life, not your life into your business. The life part has to come first. That means valuing your time.

You can build a business and life you love. It starts with your thoughts. Feed your mind daily with content that inspires and motivates you to the best version of yourself. Stay away from toxic people and situations that will fill your mind with doubt and fear.

Don’t try to be like a successful entrepreneur. Don’t copy. Embrace what makes you unique and study what your customers/leaders respond best to. There is nothing wrong with modeling success, but modeling is not copying. Don’t follow conventional wisdom, but think differently. Don’t give in to excuses, but learn from your failures and realize how precious time is.

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