Spoiler alert: I am about to thrust some sage wisdom upon you. && maybe some self-help inspiration.
I do not believe there is a fundamental internal difference between those who achieve success and those who do not. Likewise I believe we are all born with the genes to achieve greatness.
What I am trying to say here is that entrepreneurs are no different than any other person. As much as we like to classify and categorize ourselves; we still have to eat, sleep and breathe just like any normal person does.
Entrepreneurs do uniquely have the desire to start something, to build something, to achieve greatness. But where does that desire come from? Are we born with it? Maybe we just stumble upon it. Maybe it’s thrust upon us.
Or is it our environment that shapes us?
Possibly, our family?
Just maybe it’s all of it.
I have been an entrepreneur for about 3 years now. So of course that makes me the authority of all things entrepreneurial, right? Wrong. Every day I learn something new. Every day I grow. Every day I redefine what it means to be an entrepreneur.But what I have found during my three year adventure is that nothing matters if you don’t have the right mindset.
Opportunities are all around us. Mistakes follow us. And failure is a part of us. & Those are all givens. What sets those who succeed apart from the rest is the mindset they have towards opportunities, mistakes and failures.
Queue the story about Thomas Edison (I would venture to say he was a successful guy). A reporter once asked Edison if he felt like a failure because after thousands of attempts, his lighbulb invention wasn’t working. Edison replied that he had not failed, he had simply found thousands of ways a lightbulb wouldn’t work. Now, Thomas Edison had the right mindset.He could have given up and just said f*uck it, a lightbulb isn’t worth it. But then again, if he had, the entire course of human history would have changed.
Imagine your potential. Imagine how YOU could change the course of human history. You have it in you. You do. You just have to believe that you do. You have to have the right mindset. You have to be able to accept opportunities, make mistakes, and embrace failure. Shit happens. So what.
One mistake, one bad Yelp review, one angry customer, debt, a disgruntled employee, etc.- those things don’t define you. Nor do they define your success as a business owner. Everybody goes through it. But those who succeed are the ones who didn’t let the bitches things get them down.
Listen to the mustn’ts child, listen to the don’ts. Listen to the shouldn’ts, the impossibles, the won’ts. Listen to the never haves then listen close to me-anything can happen, child, anything can be. –Shel Silverstein (Another successful guy. He wrote poetry, and made a name for himself. Imagine how many times he failed!)