TREPPEN – Shift your Mindset from Sales to Entrepreneurialship
January 23, 2014
To succeed as an Entrepreneur in the business world you must act, think and do what most others are afraid to do. Entrepreneurs are willing to do almost anything humanly possible to make a difference in the lives of others. Money does not motivate entrepreneurs; they are fuelled by a greater cause: PASSION. To elevate your mindset from thinking as a Salesperson to that of an Entrepreneur you must dismiss all vestiges of the corporate mentality – that 9 to 5 status and weekly pay or salaried job position – and create your own boundaries for business.
It all begins with shifting your mindset to purpose and intention; think like an ENTREPRENEUR and think like a BUSINESS.
First, you must surround yourself with people of influence and not people of control. Surround yourself with people who think as you do – well, not quite as you do. Surround yourself with the opposites in personalities, characters and dialogues and create a foundation of unique niche mindsets that will allow your business, idea, product or service to evolve.
The foundation of your business must also allow you to think of people first, before anything else your company or organization represents. Your true value proposition must answer the following two questions ‘Why do I do what I do?’ and ‘How will my product, service or business change people’s lives and make an impact on an industry.’ You must be driven to want to make an impact.
Many characteristics define people of influence, not only education, degrees, job status or titles. Character, vision, passion and care also define people of influence. The key question is ‘Do you care?’ Being an Entrepreneur in any business or industry will be determined by your initial ability to lead, to motivate, to serve, to inspire, to impact, and, most importantly, to care. Answer the following questions:
*Do you have what it takes?
*Are you willing to take the risk?
*Is Entrepreneurship in your DNA?
*Are you ready to change lives?
*Are you ready to take your business to another level?
*Do you have the passion to begin?
Mindset is a huge component of being a successful Entrepreneur or “Trep.” You must harness all your attributes, whether good or bad, and use them to create and produce good business fundamentals. These will then allow you to catapult forward, act, think, and do… while you always keep in mind that you are not just any Salesperson, you are an Entrepreneur.
Here are the top ten attributes of an Entrepreneurial Mindset:
Visionary – Entrepreneurs have an eye for unique opportunities. They see things often overlooked by others and they know exactly when, and, most importantly, why to commit to the vision. Entrepreneurs have a niche to communicate and create content for business, whether a product, service or person and they easily see a vision unfold before coming to fruition. Visionaries concentrate on the needs of people.
Passionate – Entrepreneurs have a deep passion for purpose and intention in all they do. They seek advice from no one as they pay close attention to clues that they harvest from within or that are directly in front of them. Entrepreneurs have an ability to pay close attention to their own mind, heart and soul. They are able to communicate why their product, service or business can help improve lives, save time and money while making a difference in their industry niche sectors. Having a passion to change or shift a mindset using the care element is important.
Tenacious – Entrepreneurs have extreme tenacity. They have a genuine desire to create an indestructible shift, a genuine belief that what they can offer people can change a world. They will not stop until the job is done, until the vision is complete and until it continues to evolve. They will research and surround themselves with listeners and doers, misfits and dreamers, with passion and vision. They enjoy the vibe of creation.
Fearless – Entrepreneurs have no fear. Fearing success is almost as essential as fearing failure. For Entrepreneurs, if they fail, the buzz to start over again is a thrill they enjoy most. To continue testing different strategies allows them to understand the entire movement and evolution of their brand, business, product or service.
Self-Confident – I know about the naysayers. I know and have many of them myself! However, one thing I can stress for holding on to your positive Entrepreneurial spirit is to have solid self-confidence. You can acquire that strong foundation for your business through current knowledge, well-rounded experience, consistent practice, and even failures and results. The ultimate conviction of true self-belief overpowers those who lack ambition or won’t take risks. Self Confidence is fearless and passionate.
Risk Taking – Entrepreneurs are often risk takers. Taking risks can happen on different levels; time, finances, people etc; these can all determine the drive or the journey of your business success. Risk Takers are the ones usually doing what others are not, are too afraid to do, thought to do but didn’t. The reasons why are simple: Treps often have a higher tolerance for risk than others do and they opt to think of success rather than failure. Entrepreneurs will continue to test the grain over and over until they achieve their committed goal.
Rule Breaking – Entrepreneurs follow no standard rules, mission statements or code of conduct books. Entrepreneurs set no boundaries and are willing to go to extremes to make an idea or business work. Using ideas that others may have thought of but have not tried can be a strategy with an outcome far greater in the end than ever anticipated. Breaking rules means making business work and Treps are extremely good at this. Treps are rebels with a cause. They want their product or service to change lives and sometimes the more authentic their strategy, the more successful the outcome. It is not difficult to recognize a Rule Breaker.
Adaptive – Entrepreneurs skilled at adapting to change and unique markets are best at succeeding at the highest levels. If there is a need, they find ways to make an idea, product or service work. They also first ensure it adapts to consumer lifestyles, by offering a unique and incomparable service or product. Adaptation is required from start to finish of any product or service, given that the final offering is usually very different from the original vision. Adaptation is transferred through evolution; in order to make a difference, it also becomes a revolution.
Disciplined – Entrepreneurs are a disciplined breed. They are disciplined to make a difference, disciplined to change lives, disciplined to change their industry without distractions, noise and people of control. To be disciplined entrepreneurs need to spend as much time alone in thought as they do in the middle of the chaos. The ideas and vision come to Treps very easily when they are in their disciplined moments of silence. When Entrepreneurs commit, they achieve.
Soft Ambition – Entrepreneurs have a special desire to make a difference in people’s lives. Deep passion fuels Treps to help people change their lives, as well as a need to pivot an industry to a level of excellence. Sometimes they do it quietly, often giving their clients or users the credit, the praise for using their products or services before thanking themselves. Entrepreneurs often give credit to their employees. The ambition to achieve excellence begins with the foundation of a company, the people who work from the bottom up. Without knowing one’s employees or one’s clients, there can be no vision and there definitely is no business.
Are you an Entrepreneur? If you feel it, it is in your DNA.
It is now time to catapult forward and make a difference in people’s lives. You will be richly rewarded.
Shift your Mindset and Elevate.