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How To Be Successful – Develop An Entrepreneurial Mind

Developing an entrepreneurial mind is probably one of the greatest keys to success available to all of us.  The entrepreneur within you will determine to a great extent just how successful you and your business will be.

Those who treat their home business as if it was “just a hobby” are only fooling themselves.  If what you do is really “just a hobby”, then don’t go around talking about how your “business” just isn’t getting off the ground, or that you don’t have any steady customers, etc.  Remember your phrase “just a hobby” is in reality the amount of work you’re putting in – very little!

Now let’s talk about the “business” and how your entrepreneurial mindset CAN get the business off the ground!

Set some priorities.  If you’re trying to get ready for a really big craft fair next month, which do you think is more important – spending a “weekly day at the spa”, or staying in the workshop getting prepared for the craft fair?  It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure that one out, but we hear all the time from people who can’t seem to live without their “day at the nail boutique” or “weekly afternoon get together with friends” to talk over coffee and rolls.

Time is money.  How very true this is!  I’ve read articles about the requirements of people going into their own home business.  The articles try to pound in the heads of those individuals wanting their own business that home businesses are NOT a 9-5 job!  They say that if you’re not willing to sacrifice 50-60 hours a week at least the first few years to get the business going, then it’s pretty much a no-brainer that your business won’t go very far.  Hard work is part of building a home business, and the harder you work, the more successful you will be.

Don’t procrastinate!  I have a friend who always waits until the last minute to do everything!  She teaches online college classes and waits until the last minute to do the grading, then gets all out of sorts if something doesn’t go right with the computer, or somebody didn’t send in the right paperwork.  DRIVES ME CRAZY!!!  I’m the type of person that if something needs to be done for next week, I’ll do it TODAY, just to make sure everything can be worked out and in order BEFORE next week comes.  By getting organized you’ll also feel the energy level increase and you will just feel better about life in general.

Don’t be afraid to fail.  I’ve read over and over again “the only failure in life is if you fail to try”!  Look at Thomas Edison and so many of the great inventors – how many times did they “fail” before their invention actually worked like it should.  If you never take a risk because of the fear of failure or what your friends may say, you need to do some re-thinking!   Never failing really boils down to the fact that you’ve never really tried.  So, get out of your “comfort zone” and get some notes written down as to what you would like to accomplish in your business, then go for the gusto!  You CAN do it! 

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