Entrepreneurs are the embodiment of success. When we imagine success in its purest form, they’re most often the ones we think of. They live by their own rules. They make the world as they want to see it. And in turn, shape it for the rest of us.
But what is it about entrepreneurs that makes them so special. What’s their secret? Well, turns out there’s not just one. There’re 8 of them. And here they are . . .
Dream Big or Go Home
That’s right. If you think small — if you put limitations on your hopes and aspirations – then just get the fuck out. Right now. Because you will never accomplish anything. Nothing of worth, anyway.
Dreams are supposed to be huge. They’re supposed to be audacious. They should never be limited by anything other than your imagination. If you’re dreaming small, you won’t amount to shit.
The truth is that we’ll never fully achieve our dreams. At best, we’ll only ever accomplish a small fraction of what we set out to do. So if your dreams are small, your accomplishments can only be smaller.
So why even bother with limits? It’s your dream. Nobody else has to know how outrageous it is.
Make it huge. Make it remarkable. Impossible, even. Because until you’ve walked that path, you can never truly know what is possible.
Change is Uncomfortable. Get Over It.
Better yet, embrace it. Because comfort kills. It breeds fear, doubt and complacency.
You can’t go anywhere when you’re standing still.
We’re comfort seeking creatures by nature, but too much can only hold us back. The longer you keep to your comfort zone, the smaller that zone actually gets. You become willing to do less and less. Your fear takes control of you. Soon enough, you find yourself trapped in a cage of your own making. Unable and unwilling to break out.
But the flipside tells a different tale.
The greater the change you seek, the greater the change you can handle.
Wanna know what happens when you expand your comfort zone?
You actually become more comfortable. That’s right. By chasing after discomfort, you’re forced to smash through one challenge after another. And so the world ceases to be such a scary place. You gain self-confidence. You gain a sense of your own power.
You CAN handle this shit!
You don’t even know what the fuck you were so afraid of in the first place.
So you want more . . . only now, you’ve got the guts to go out and get more.
Procrastination is for Pussies
Yeah, I said it. Procrastination is the worst possible excuse for achieving nothing. Worse than quitting — quitter’s at least tried before they failed and gave up.
Procrastinator’s want to do things, they just never get around to them. There are a hundred and one excuses for putting things off, but the only one that holds true is weakness.
If you’re a chronic procrastinator, then you are weak. Straight up.
I say that as a lifetime procrastinator myself. I know this shit inside and out. You’re weak because you succumb to the resistance of starting. Instead of pushing through that initial resistance, you give in and find something easier to do. Or just do nothing . . . easiest of all.
Do you think successful entrepreneurs find it any less difficult getting started?
No. They face the exact same resistance as you and I. But they press on. They move past it. They start. No matter how challenging that first step may be, they take it nonetheless.
Time for you to do the same. Take that first step. Get started. You’ll never accomplish a damn thing until you do.
And if you’re stuck? If you can’t find a way to overcome procrastination?
Then let me offer you this . . . it’s the method I use. It’s simple. And it can help you beat procrastination with just two little words.
You Gotta Pay Your Dues Bitches
If you think you can just jump in the game and find success handed to you, you’re sorely mistaken my friend. And not that bright either. The world doesn’t work that way. It just doesn’t.
This is one of the most important concepts to grasp. Even more important, you must accept it. It’s not easy, but you have to accept it all the same. Because you only get what you give. And when you give nothing, you get nothing.
Just because you want something doesn’t mean you’ve earned it. Life owes you nothing. There is no instant gratification when it comes to the things that matter. You gotta work. You gotta sweat. You gotta hustle.
Sometimes, you even gotta bleed.
And you have to give it time. Success doesn’t come overnight. So don’t delude yourself here.
What separates the successful entrepreneurs from the wannabes is their willingness to put in the time. Put in the effort. Even if it means years of struggle. Years of sleeping on their buddy’s couch before their business takes off.
How many people are willing to make that kind of sacrifice?
So is it really any wonder that true success stories are such a rare thing? Only those who are able to tough out the hard times – those with grit – can ever achieve something remarkable.
Fear is your Best Friend
Would you run from your best friend? No? Then why are you running from fear? It’s not there to ruin you. It’s not going to bite your head off. It’s simply there to show you the way. To guide you.
Fear only appears when you’re moving forward. When you run from it, you have no choice but to go backwards. Back where you came from.
Is that what you want?
If not, then you’d better learn to deal with fear. Because it will always be there. Fear is not blocking the way. Only your perception of it. It’s trickery, of a sort. A veil. Worn by Opportunity to ward off the pretenders.
But what happens when you remove the veil?
You see Opportunity for what she really is . . .
Opportunity’s a Skank
She puts out for anyone and everyone. So why not tap that ass?
It’s All. About. The Motherfucking. ACTION!
Nothing can be accomplished without action. If there’s one defining trait of successful entrepreneurs, it’s their willingness to take action.
They don’t wait for the time to be right.
They don’t wait until they feel ready.
They don’t wait until they have the perfect plan.
Catch the drift? They don’t wait. They don’t fuck around. They get out there and they get shit done. Period.
And you need to do the same.
But what if I make a mistake?
Then good. Make a mistake. Make lots of them. You should be making mistakes out the wazoo. It means you’re learning. It means you’re going for it. You’re on your way.
Fucking up is no big deal. It’s simply the opportunity that allows you to course-correct. You need mistakes in order to hone in on the right path. You can’t avoid them. You shouldn’t avoid them. The only way to avoid making mistakes is to avoid action itself. To attempt nothing.
But then, that’s the biggest mistake of ‘em all.
Mindset Will Make You or Break You
Life is dynamic. Full of change. And change begets change. The world never stays the same. Neither do you.
The one constant is interaction. For as long as you live, you will be forced to interact with the world in one way or another. The word that matters here is YOU.
Because you can’t control what life throws at you. You can only control what you throw back. So how you choose to see the world will determine everything in your life.
And it is a choice. Make no mistake about it.
Now, I’m not telling you to put on a happy face when you actually feel like shit. I’m not suggesting that you lie to yourself with positive affirmations you don’t really believe.
Fake is never going to work.
What I am telling you is that you need to find a way to become the person you want to be. To think the same. To live the life, even if you don’t yet see the results.
Successful entrepreneurs were successful long before they ever achieved a damn thing. They were successful because they possessed the success mindset. They had it in them, even when they had nothing else.
So what do you have in you?
I bet it’s more than you give yourself credit for. More than you could have ever even imagined.
Because every single one of us is remarkable. Success is in our blood. In your blood. The strength of character, the grit, the passion . . . it’s all there. All you’ll ever need. It’s in you. In. You!
Now find it.
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