What it Takes to Be an Entrepreneur

In Mandarin, the word Weiji is used for both crisis and opportunity. The dichotomy that this term implies reflects the life of an entrepreneur. Whether you’re starting a new business or are a seasoned entrepreneur, you are challenged by moving targets and infinite opportunities all the same.
The entrepreneurial lifestyle requires a mix of grit and softness. It’s a constant balancing act and ensuring that you have enough fuel to cross the finish line. As we walk on a tight rope, we must keep walking. There are multiple tools that help with the journey. Here are 5 tips to help with your entrepreneurial journey:

1. Surround yourself with positive people – Whether this means friends, mentors or employees, it is all the same. You are the average of the five people you spend the most time or energy with so choose wisely. 

2. Just Do It – This isn’t a Nike ad, however, those three words are so powerful. If you don’t believe me, take Art William’s word for it and listen to his speech here: https://bit.ly/1pTVTBc. I’ve never listened to this speech and not been inspired. It leaves a huge smile on my face within the first minute of listening to it. It is important to go out there and get started. Actions are louder than words.

3. Allow Space and Dynamic Thinking – Creative thinking and problem solving requires mental space. Personally, I usually have quick burnout sessions and then recover. It’s like High-Intensity Interval Training for my mind. My mornings are filled with swift and fast-paced work tasks. By lunchtime, I reset and unwind. I step out of the micros and step into a macro frame of mind. I interact with the team, speak with clients and expand my energy by interacting with others. My day is a series of energy bursts and lulls, giving myself enough variety to stimulate my mind. I also am able to give myself space before I start the day to clear my mind with workouts and meditation. Every entrepreneur has their own style. Do more of whatever works and suits you, as long as you’re able to have a balanced mind. 

4. Set Expectations – Oftentimes, we underestimate our 10-year goals and overestimate our 12-month goals. We need time to achieve success, and before you know it, you will be living a purposeful life as long as you invest consistently and daily in personal and community growth.

5. Enjoy It – Running a business is challenging in itself. You might start off with an exciting idea, however, you will need that passion to persevere. There will be days when you feel uncertain and afraid. However, if you enjoy what you do and find it purposeful, you will thrive. If you are not in a position to change careers and are currently dispassionate in your current role, try to find an exciting angle to what you do where you can fulfil both your duty and curiosity.

These five tips are vital to your long-term success as an entrepreneur. They don’t seem entirely obvious at the beginning but become more evident amongst entrepreneurs as time passes by. Remember that it’s all a balancing act and that you need to be prepared for a demanding, yet beautiful ride ahead. 

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