Author: Jaclyn Majarich
Entrepreneurship is no easy feat. As someone who is roughly one year into the world of entrepreneurship, I have a lot of respect for those who do it, and those who do it well. Like many things in life, success often comes when you have the right mindset.
Approaching entrepreneurship with a positive mindset will help you get past the tougher days when you’re ready to give it all up – which I’m confident many of us have faced.
Ready to get into the right mindset? Here are some tips to get started.
It’s important to determine exactly why you’ve chosen to go down the entrepreneurial path in the first place. By knowing this, it will help you stay focused on the days where you face doubt.
Thinking (or dreaming) big is also a great exercise. Ask yourself, ‘what is the best that could happen?’ and see where your mind takes you. Then start to work backwards to put that plan into action.
Trust the process
No one said entrepreneurship was easy – that’s why many people give up. Of course, there will be challenging moments (or days, weeks, months) – but that’s OK. As long as you’re learning, growing and still feeling passion for what you do.
When dots just simply aren’t connecting – take a break. Step away from the tools and do something that brings you happiness. Panicking won’t solve anything, so regroup and come back when you’re ready. Trust the process and believe that there are better days ahead.
It’s incredibly important to keep a record of your wins – big or small. Having a list of achievements means you can reflect on them during the more challenging times and use them as a source for inspiration. Remember that time you got your first client? Or received a glowing review? These moments are ones to be proud of. Take note of them, and keep them in a place that you can easily access whenever you’re in need of a pick-me-up.
Stay in the know
If you’re in between projects or are having a slower period, this is a great time to upskill and to continue learning about your industry. Whether that’s taking a course, reading articles, attending a conference, or listening to podcasts – the channel doesn’t matter, but being informed about your industry does.
Staying up to date with the latest trends and topics in your industry will also be useful when you’re in discussions with prospective clients. After all, they expect you to be the expert.
One of the most challenging aspects of entrepreneurship, especially in the early days, is the feeling of isolation. If you’re used to working for a company, when you go out on your own – the lack of people around you is evident. It’s important to connect and collaborate with local entrepreneurs to see what they’re working on, how they stay inspired, and to have contacts to bounce ideas off of.
Building a strong network can lead to potential work down the road too – the more people who know what you do, the better.
If you’re an entrepreneur, I hope these tips help to improve your mindset to become a better entrepreneur.
Article courtesy of our content partner Silicon Luxembourg
About the Author
Jaclyn is a global employer brand professional with 10+ years of experience across North America, APAC and Europe. With qualifications in both marketing and HR, she understands how to bridge the gap between people, culture, and a company's overarching brand. Today, she is a freelance employer brand consultant and helps organizations stand out as an employer of choice to attract top talent.