This autumn, I’m going to be creating a series of podcast episodes dedicated to the theme of mindset for entrepreneurs. The reason why I’m creating this series is simple. In the 2 1/2 years I’ve been coaching new sellers, it is – somewhat to my surprise – the biggest block to progress for new ecommerce entrepreneurs.
Good question. First of all, by “mindset for entrepreneurs “, I do not mean some quick NLP “hacks” or sales techniques. This is a very pragmatic, real-life based set of practical steps and actionable insights.
It’s also about sustainable mindset change, not the sugar high of a hack. So you’re following some 21-year-old who has made some money for five months and knows how to get 50,000 YouTube followers. Great. Desirable tactical abilities for sure. Learn what’s on offer. Still, in your heart, you know it’s not the way to create sustainable wealth. And I would agree with you!
Hence the need for a deeper solution.
For sure, we are going to include such seemingly mundane blocks as time management. Mechanics and technique, right? Well, dig deeper. Managing time productively implies the question: what am I trying to even produce? Which is of course goal setting.
But where do these goals come from? And, having set goals, and even pencilled some time into the diary, how do we assure that actually happens? Grand plans with little action are as common as leaves on a true. How do we actually get into action? And stay in action?
These are some of these reasons why I’m creating this mindset for entrepreneurs series.
This episode: Mindset overview and Some “Quick” Wins
Begin with the end in mind
Put first things first
personality vs. Character ethics
Past 50 years – superficial band aids, aspirin
Addressed acute problems
First 150 years
Basic principles of effective living (also of Mindset for entrepreneurs)
Ben Franklin’s autobiography
Public Relations techniques
Positive Mental Attitude (PMA)
Reference to character ethic lip service
These are Secondary, not primary, traits in the right mindset for entrepreneurs
“Only basic goodness gives life to technique.”
“What you are shouts so loudly in my ears that I cannot hear what you say”
“Principles are like lighthouses. They are natural laws that cannot be broken.”
Principles are not…
“Correct maps will infinitely impact our personal effectiveness far more than any amount of effort expended on changing our attitudes and behaviors.”
Principles of growth and change
Principles of growth and change for entrepreneurs (and others too)
“If you don’t let a teacher know what level you are – by asking a question, or revealing your ignorance – you will not learn and grow.”
“To relate effectively…to working associates, we must learn to listen. And this requires emotional strength. Listening involves patience, openness and a desire to understand – highly developed qualities of character.
It’s so much easier to operate from a low emotional level and to give high-level advice.”
Borrowing strength =using your position and authority and forcing people to do what you want.
“What happens when the source of borrowed strength – …be it…position…changes or is no longer there?”
“Be nice to people on your way up because you’ll meet them on your way down.”
“People are intrigued when they see good things happening in…organizations that are based on solid principles…
‘How do you do it? Teach me the techniques.’
What they are really saying is:
‘Give me some quick fix advice or solution that will relieve the pain in my own situation.’
They will find people who will meet their wants and teach these thing; and for a short time, skills and techniques may appear to work.
“The more people are into quick fix and focus on the acute problems and pain, the more that very approach contributes to the underlying chronic condition.
‘I’ve taken course after course on effective management training. I expect a lot out of my employees and I work hard to be friendly toward them and treat them right.
“There’s so much to do. There’s never enough time. I feel pressured and hassled all day, every day…I’ve attended time management seminars and I’ve tried half a dozen different planning systems. THey’ve helped…but I don’t feel I’m living the happy, productive, peaceful life I want to live.
“if you want to have more freedom, more latitude in your job, be a more responsible, more helpful, more contributing employee.”
If you want to have freedom and value/wealth in your business and life, you have to be…
Inside out (the Real secret to developing the winning mindset for entrepreneurs)
“The inside-out approach says that private victories precede public victories, that making and keeping promises to ourselves precedes making and keeping promises to others.”
“I have never seen lasting solutions to problems, lasting happiness and success, that come from the outside in.”
(Stephen R. Covey)