We all want to succeed.
This desire for success drives us to focus on completing the right courses or choosing the most successful major, grasping for some way to secure the future. But in the end, those things don’t make much of a difference. Instead of trying to do just the right things that will lead to success, invest in skills and mindsets.
And the top skill you can invest in is entrepreneurship.
The thought of entrepreneurship sounds intimidating. Maybe you’ve never built a business of your own. How can you possibly pursue entrepreneurship? Relax. You don’t have to be Elon Musk to be an entrepreneur.
It’s not all about owning a business. It’s not about making money. It’s not even about influencing the free market with your ideas. I’m talking about entrepreneurship in the deeper sense of the word.
Entrepreneurship is a mindset. Building businesses and putting big ideas into action are physical manifestations of the mindset of an entrepreneur, but the principle goes much deeper.
So, when I say entrepreneurship is one of the best ways to help you succeed, I’m referring to the mindset of entrepreneurship, which reaches far deeper than the act of building a business.
Here are the top mindsets any entrepreneur needs to develop:
- Entrepreneurs aren’t afraid to break the mold.
“But this is how we’ve done it for years” is not a statement you’ll hear out of entrepreneurs. The top businesses thrive because their founders don’t care about what convention dictates.
Entrepreneurs recognize that “what society dictates” is a distraction so they focus on the goals ahead of them and don’t let others’ opinions get in the way of those goals.
- Entrepreneurs see the big picture.
The best businesses have been built by people that took a step back from an issue and solved it from the inside out.
Facing the challenges of a business and facing the challenges of life are very similar. Many people tend to fixate on one viewpoint. In contrast, entrepreneurs don’t get stuck looking at their problems from a single angle. They thrive on seeing things from bigger perspectives!
- Entrepreneurs don’t settle; they create solutions to problems.
While others put a band-aid on an existing problem, entrepreneurs find a new way to fix it.
You can have these characteristics whether you have built a business or not. In fact, entrepreneurial employees are some of the most valuable assets to a company. And entrepreneurial parents — well, they’re a force to be reckoned with!
So what if you don’t have a small business of your own? So what if you haven’t invented the next big tech advancement? You still have the ability to cultivate the entrepreneurial spirit within yourself. You’re much more qualified than you think!
Here are small ways that you can cultivate entrepreneurship in yourself (no matter where you are in your career).
- Build projects around your big ideas.
Want to be a public speaker? Start a podcast and test your skills. Learning a new skill? Document it with videos or blog posts.
- Engage your critical thinking muscles.
Take the time to grapple with big ideas. Make thinking outside the box a norm.
Read about people who have done cool stuff. Listen to Ted Talks.
Ask for book recommendations and write reviews about them. Talk to people. Learn to ask questions and to extract quality ideas from each conversation you enter.
In short, never skip an opportunity to think big!
- Maximize on soft skills while you’re young.
In today’s world, it’s not only the hard/technical skills that set you apart. It’s the intangible skills like dealing well with stress, time management, writing well, or speaking concisely.
These are things that can be built now, even if you’re a nanny or a fast food worker. Keep your focus on the skills that will transfer no matter where you go.
Whether you’re planning to start a business later on in life or not, the mindset of entrepreneurship will be invaluable to your career. Entrepreneurs have always been the innovators of this world. Develop entrepreneurship in yourself, and you’ll innovate the world around you whether you own a multimillion dollar franchise or not!
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Lolita Allgyer is a Marketing Associate at Praxis. She is passionate about self-education, and about empowering other young people to carve their own paths in life. Her life philosophy is to live each moment to the fullest. If you can’t find her, she’s most likely outside on some new adventure. She blogs at lolitaallgyer.com.