Were You Raised with An Entrepreneurial Spirit?
If you can’t seem to get ahead or make progress with your business because you lack an entrepreneurial spirit of giving, it may be time to assess how you were brought up. Many parents raise their children to be giving, while others are intent on having their children focus on earning money.
The reality is – you need a balance of both. Children who were raised to give with a free spirit may have difficulty grasping the importance of receiving money for what they do – especially those who offer advice and guidance, as well as valuable products.
When you have an entrepreneurial mindset, you strive to change yours and others’ lives for the better. You seek change, rather than sitting back waiting for things to happen. Giving is an important part of the entrepreneurial spirit, but it should also enhance the growth of the entrepreneur rather than just the person being helped. It’s a two-way street!
A negative mindset will absolutely ruin your chances of being a successful entrepreneur. Remaining positive and enthusiastic are both important to having others look up to you as a leader and a trusted advisor. Entrepreneurs are empowered and are capable of teaching others to become empowered.
A sense of being worthy of success is also important to the entrepreneurial spirit. Giving away all of your advice and guidance information for free doesn’t enhance an entrepreneur’s path to success at all – in fact, it will hinder your progress.
If you don’t think your advice is worthy of payment, no one else will. This attitude can’t be taught, but can certainly be developed over time. By fostering passion and enthusiasm for what you do, the entrepreneurial spirit will grow and you will prosper as a result.
Potential customers sense the passion and enthusiasm in your voice and in the helpful information that you offer. Even if a person comes into their relationship with you skeptical at first, they sense your conviction and will react by becoming a loyal customer.
Entrepreneurs are naturally optimistic and tend to enjoy life to the fullest. They take risks and push past the lines where others have stopped. Even though you may not feel you’ve developed a true entrepreneurial spirit over time, you can begin now to turn the tables and eventually consider yourself worthy of all good things that come your way.
Do You Know What’s Sucking Up Your Time?
We live in hectic times and our most precious commodity is and always will be time. You can’t grow more of it and when it’s gone you can’t get it back.
How often do you tell yourself that you can’t do what you want to do because you don’t have the time? We all do it. We want to live with more purpose, volunteer, or simply spend more quality time with our family and friends, but there just isn’t enough time to do it.
The cold hard truth is that there is plenty of time. It’s simply a matter of prioritizing what you spend it on and cutting out some of the things that suck up your time. We all have them and, while the specifics may be different from person to person, the solution is the same for everyone. Find out where you spend your time and then make educated decisions on what’s important and what isn’t.
One of the best tools for figuring out exactly where you’re spending your time is a time journal. This can be a simple little notebook, a stack of scrap paper, an Evernote doc on your phone, or a spreadsheet on your computer.
Next start writing down what you’re doing every 15 minutes from the time you get up to the time you go to sleep. Keep this up for about a week and see what you come up with.
Reviewing your time log can be a real eye opening experience!
You may discover that you spent a lot more time on the computer doing busy work, or surfing the web than you realize. Or maybe you had no idea that you spent an average of four hours a night watching TV, or 2 hours per day commuting to and from work. In other words, you’ll start to recognize patterns of behavior and where you tend to spend your time.
While there are quite a few areas that we don’t have a lot of control over (you have to show up for work or school, make time for personal hygiene, and get some sleep), there are quite a few hours in each day that we can fill however we like.
Keeping a time log for a week or two provides you with the information you need to be able to make educated and conscious choices about how to spend that time. That in turn allows you to live more purposefully, no matter what your goals and aspirations are. Sometimes, you want to sleep in, spend the day reading or playing video games, or simply daydream and that’s ok. It’s a great way to unwind, distress, and recharge. On other days, you may choose do so something more active or social.
The point is that when you become aware of how and where you’re spending your time, you have more control and can be more intentional with how you spent it.
Personal fulfillment is an important part of planning for career and financial success. I discovered this when doing workshops in the Bay Area for people wanting to change jobs. You also have to think about survival in a world that can sometimes be financially harsh and difficult and how you want to live – in luxury or barely getting by?
When you’re living the life you were created for in your career path, you’re achieving personal fulfillment in a way that should make you happy. But if that life doesn’t provide you with means to survive with enough left over to live your dreams, then that career choice might be flawed and can produce regrets.
Many people become complacent in just getting by and pursuing more can seem like a mountain – impossible to climb. Others become obsessed with achieving a career that will bring happiness – and create a life they’ve always dreamed of. Most people these days are looking for a way to have a side project that can provide the extra income they want and need. They build a side business so that, in the event of their day job going south, they have something to fall back on.
Providing an education for your children, traveling as much as you want, living in a nice home with all the features you enjoy – or simply having the leisure time to work in your garden is something we all want, that provides us with joy and the freedom to choose how we live our lives.
Success isn’t the same for everyone. Your perception of success and how you go about achieving it might be totally opposite from a friend or family member. That’s because you each have different potential to work toward your goals and be happy with those accomplishments.
The potential you carry within has to be set free to pursue the goals you have for the future – and that can be difficult if you live in fear, doubt or negative self-talk that keeps you down.
You can do anything you want to do bad enough with that inner potential of yours. You may need to shift your mindset from holding back to jumping in and taking the steps necessary to achieve financial success and overall fulfillment.
How do you do it? Begin to program yourself to believe that anything you want to accomplish is possible. That may mean that you have to change your personal story from failures to any accomplishments you’ve had along the way. Write down your personal successes and use them as a daily reminder that you have come a long way already.
The best way to begin your pursuit of success is to take action. If you truly want success in a career that brings financial stability, you will take the steps necessary to achieve it. And don’t forget to pursue happiness along the way!
If you’d like more information about what I’m doing with an “on the side” business project, fill out the Contact Form on the WHO IS REGINA page. (I’ll email you a video that just might blow your mind).
P.S. I don’t sell “stuff” that people don’t need. I lock arms with people who want to set up their own Plan B and show them exactly how to do it).
Yes, these are the shoes I wore today and my feet are exhausted. I spent the day implementing some big changes in the lives of my mother and stepfather. They’re both 88 and we are having to move them to a new place that can provide the kind of care they need until end of life. For those of my readers who haven’t had to do this, I surely hope you never have to. It’s heart-breaking and yet I found myself “steeling” my psyche today to get the things done that needed to get done. More questions than answers.
My stepfather, who is a former engineer and always wanting the facts, is now off in never-never land much of the time and it’s all happening so fast. My mother isn’t too far behind him in terms of her cognitive ability. The good news is that at least they will be together until one of them passes on.
What have I learned? Make it clear – crystal clear to your children/caregivers what you want for your end of life. And we’re all going to get there. No one escapes. But hey, let’s all agree that while we’re still here we make the best of it. What do you say?
Life is good. Namaste.
What an insightful teabag! I seem to recall an old saying about having two ears and one mouth for a reason. Maybe we need to listen more and talk less. Did I get this message today because there’s someone I need to listen to more? Maybe. I don’t think there are any accidents … especially these days.
I really believe it’s true that people just want to be heard. In the early days of my career in the staffing industry, I was with a company that took great pride in customer service. They actually provided us with training seminars on the art of listening. It paid off. Whenever I encountered a client that wasn’t happy about something, I listened. Then I fed back to them what I understood their concerns to be. 99% of the time, after they were finished talking I asked the questions, “Is there anything else?” and “What can I do to make this up to you?” Their answer was “It’s OK. I just wanted to get it off my chest” (or something along those lines).
Is there someone you could comfort by listening to? Namaste.