Ask any entrepreneur if he or she could be more productive, and I guarantee the answer will be a resounding, “Yes!” Productivity is something we can all be better at. Unfortunately, it’s constantly hindered by that pesky habit we all share: Procrastination.
Improving your personal productivity is one of the most important steps you can take as a budding entrepreneur. To do that, you must also learn to avoid opportunities for procrastination. Far too often, entrepreneurs find themselves deferring things, putting off tasks until later that would be better done today. This behavior can bring productivity to a screeching halt. Instead, the successful entrepreneur will constantly look for opportunities to get things done, and take immediate action whenever it’s required.
The entrepreneurial mindset is all about confidence, strong work ethic, and perseverance. While mentors and coaches can add tremendous value to entrepreneurs, no amount of strategic advice can help an entrepreneur who doesn’t have the right mindset.
The most critical element is willingness to do the work: to change habits, learn new ones, and have confidence in your abilities to act.
There’s an old expression that summarizes what I mean: “Be, do, have.”
We all agree that in order to “have” what we want – say, a viable and secure financial future – we have to “do” certain things. However, many people fail to realize that they need to change who they are in order to do the right things and get what they want.
That’s why mindset is so important. You need to “be” the right person before you can “do” the right things that will allow you to eventually “have” what you want.
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The first component of successful entrepreneurship is knowing where you want to go. Some people call this a roadmap—I call it a vision. Your vision should be a simple, succinct document that outlines what you want to build over the next two years.
This isn’t your typical business plan, which can span dozens of pages and tend to get lost in the clutter. Rather, it is a clear, actionable statement that will illuminate the way forward for your business.
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Entrepreneurs are some of the bravest people in the world. Every day, they put their livelihoods at risk to provide services and products to their customers. They also offer career opportunities to their teams and build future financial security for themselves and their families—a point that’s overlooked far too often. All the while, entrepreneurs trust and collaborate with others to do their best work, adding another layer of risk to the game.
In essence, entrepreneurs let other people play with their money. What’s riskier than that?
Despite the bravery inherent in this, many entrepreneurs run into trouble when they get too comfortable—or when they get caught up in the excitement of calling themselves “entrepreneurs.” As a result, they’re apt to miss some critical points of wisdom or learning at the beginning of their careers. Eventually, these entrepreneurs just disappear. Their businesses fail, they get discouraged, and it takes a tremendous toll on their personal lives.
You don’t have to be one of these entrepreneurs.
Entrepreneurial Success isn’t just about reaching your goals as an entrepreneur, although it will give you the boost you need to find early, sustainable success with your business. It’s also about learning as you go. Continuous learning is crucial to successful entrepreneurship; otherwise, stagnation is inevitable.