Guest blog: how to develop an entrepreneurial mindset

Can anyone develop the mindset of an entrepreneur? And if so, how long does it take? If I'd been asked the first question back in 2009 when I was a group financial controller, scrambling up the corporate ladder in my power suits and high heels, I probably would've have answered, "no, don't be daft".

Today, having established a successful online business with my husband, and written a book about the rollercoaster of our trials and tribulations, my answer is a definite yes.

So, how long does it take, you may ask? Roughly six inches - and I'm not referring to the length of a piece of string. What I'm talking about is the distance between your ears. It's possible to develop an entrepreneurial mindset for achieving success, if you change the way you think.

As Napoleon Hill, author of 'Think and Grow Rich' once said: "Whatever the mind can conceive and believe, it can achieve".

My husband and I both completed university degrees then found gainful employment, working hard for someone else, because that's what our parents, our school teachers, our university lecturers, and society in general, had educated and expected us to do. But in setting up our own business, we knew we had to ditch that way of thinking and conditioning.

Changing the way you think takes time, and it takes longer the older you are, simply because there's more conditioning or 'programming' to undo. It's similar to installing a new operating system on a laptop - more change and adaption is required if the old model is years old.

So what does it take to change your thinking? Well, here are some thoughts to get you going.

  • Make mistakes - if you learn from them you're one step closer to doing things the right way.
  • Think positively about money; that it's abundant, and it flows easily to you.
  • Take responsibility for your own actions, simply because there is no one else to blame.
  • Set goals and aspirations that are big and compelling and inspiring so that your problems dissolve into insignificance in comparison.
  • Listen to your own self chatter, and when it's negative or limiting, say to yourself, "I'll ask for your opinion when I'm ready for it."
  • Surround yourself with positive forward thinking people - preferably those who are earning what you aspire to earn.
  • Be patient - all good things take time and practice.
  • Work out what your biggest excuses or your most expensive words are. Words like procrastination, or "I'm too tired to do that right now", or "I've done enough today already".
  • Tackle the hard or tricky tasks first each day and the rest of your day will be easier.
  • Keep your eyes constantly peeled for opportunity as it's literally around every corner.
  • Take action today - the time will never be just right.

Finally, consider this quote from Henry Ford of Ford Motor Company: "Whether you think you can or you can't, you're right."

To find out more about Fiona Scott and Living the laptop lifestyle click here, www.GregAndFionaScott.com.

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