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7 Ways In Which Entrepreneurs Perceive The World Differently

7 Ways In Which Entrepreneurs Perceive The World Differently

Have you ever wondered how people like Donald Trump, Steve Jobs, or Oprah Winfrey are different than the average person? What is it that made them such successful entrepreneurs? Is it in their genes? Were they taught superior business skills the rest of the world wasn’t? What’s their trick?

While I might not have all of those answers, I certainly can tell you that they perceive the world differently. They have to, or else they wouldn’t be so wildly successful. As an entrepreneur myself, I can relate to that fact. I’m not a multi-billionaire, but I think have the scoop on at least 7 ways that entrepreneurs differ from traditional job-holders:

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1. They see possibilities in everything

Have you ever wondered who invented the sticky note? Or the little plastic things on the end of your shoe laces? You have to wonder, “Why didn’t I think of that?” Entrepreneurs see possibilities everywhere. They see an opportunity, make a plan, and then follow through with it.

2. Their mind is always thinking 10 years ahead

Everything they think about has a consequence. It’s imperative to have a plan — not just for today or tomorrow. How are the decisions that they make today and tomorrow going to impact the next week, next month, next year, or even the next decade? That’s how entrepreneurs think. They think in terms of growth — growth toward the future.

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3. They see the “Big Picture”

Entrepreneurs are “idea” people. They see the end result. Maybe they see a problem in the online dating world, and so they come up with an idea to create a funky new dating app. They can “see” and “feel” how it will work before they even make the first move. You could say they are visionaries.

4. They listen to their own inner voice, sometimes ignoring other people’s opinions

Let’s face it — people are not always supportive, especially when someone goes against the norm. I’m sure that there are many entrepreneurs out there who had a great idea that other people thought was crazy. Within the last 50 years, there have been some really interesting products that were first seen on TV. From Suzanne Somers’ Thigh Master to the “Veg-o-matic” to the “Perfect Bacon Bowl.” I’m sure these entrepreneurs gave people a lot of laughs with their unique ideas. But, imagine if the people who invented these listened to other people’s criticisms? They would never have found success.

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5. They think in terms of “passive income”

The average job-going person hardly knows what the term “passive income” means. It means that you don’t put in time in exchange for a dollar. Entrepreneurs can be sitting on a yacht off the coast of Greece and still be earning money. That’s one of the benefits of being an entrepreneur. That’s not to say that it’s not a lot of hard work to get to the point where you can enjoy that passive income. Entrepreneurs think in terms of “making money while I’m having fun.”

6. They welcome risk

Anti-risk is programmed into many human beings. It makes sense — taking risks can be life-threatening. Many people shy away from risk because all they think of is “loss.” But entrepreneurs think “gain” when they take a risk. Entrepreneurs thrive off the risks they take. As the saying goes, “Nothing ventured, nothing gained.” It’s not possible to be successful if you don’t take some risks along the way.

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7. They are endlessly optimistic

Donald Trump has lost his fortune before — all of it. But did that stop him from taking more risks and starting over? Did he roll over and say “Oh, shucks! I guess the odds are against me. I think I’ll just give up.” Absolutely not. He came up with a way to make his money back. He didn’t let so-called setbacks stop him. He thrived under the pressure of rebuilding his empire. He is an optimist in his business life.

Entrepreneurship is more than a “career choice.” It’s a way of being. Some people just have it in their blood. Some entrepreneurs are more successful than others, but they all share these ways of perceiving the world. It doesn’t make them better than the rest of the world, but they do have some unique perspectives on life that we can all learn from.

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Carol Morgan

Dr. Carol Morgan is a communication professor, dating/relationship and success coach, TV personality, speaker, and author.

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Last Updated on September 20, 2018

How to Be Happy at Work and Find Fulfillment in Your Career

How to Be Happy at Work and Find Fulfillment in Your Career

If you’re going to spend 1/3 of our life at work, you should enjoy it, right?

Trust me, I know that’s easier said than done. Difficult coworkers, less-than-desirable tasks, or even just being in the wrong position can all lead to a lack of enjoyment and fulfillment in your work.

But what if I told you it doesn’t have to be this way? Or better yet, if you struggle with all of the above (and then some), what if I told you that enjoying your work and finding fulfillment regardless of those obstacles is possible?

Don’t believe me? I don’t blame you because I was there too. Before implementing the tips below, I struggled to get through each day, much less find real fulfillment, in the office. Now, even after the toughest days on the job, I still come away with feelings of pride, accomplishment, and fulfillment. The best news is, so can you.

If you’re ready to make those hours count and find happiness and fulfillment in the office, then read on to find out how to be happy at work and find fulfillment in your career:

1. Discover the root(s) of the problem

For this first step, we’ll need to think back to 8th-grade physics (humor me). We all know Newton’s 3rd law, “for every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction.” When you think about it, the same can be said outside of physics, and we see this law play out in our daily lives, day after day.

Simply put, all the issues we deal with in the office (and life in general) affect us in a noticeable way.

If you’re appreciated at work, like the work you do and receive frequent praise, promotions, or raises, then this will probably have an altogether positive effect on your life in the office.

But what if we reverse this? What if you feel under appreciated, get passed up for promotions, or get denied raises? This is sure to affect the way you feel at work on a negative level.

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So, before you can implement the steps of feeling happy and fulfilled at work, we first have to discover the reasons why you don’t feel that way already.

Think about it, write a list, or make a mental note. Run through all the reasons you’re dissatisfied in the office, and don’t hold back. Knowing the exact obstacles you’re facing will make overcoming them that much easier.

In fact, as a side-challenge to this article, I recommend picking the top three reasons contributing to your dissatisfaction at work and using the following tips to tackle them.

2. Practice gratitude for an instant uplift

Did you know the simple act of feeling grateful can increase your happiness and make you more fulfilled at work?[1]

Well, it’s true, and it’s scientifically proven.

Dr. Lisa Firestone notes that practicing gratitude “reminds us of what we lacked in the past.” Meaning, it serves as both a boost to happiness and a bit of a wake-up call that things have been or could be, much worse.

Trying to conjure up feelings of gratitude can seem almost impossible when your work situation seems bleak, but hear me out: There are incredibly easy ways to get started and it doesn’t involve trying to “force” yourself to feel grateful about things that stress you out.

For an instant pick-me-up, try this:

Find a loose piece of paper, a blank sticky note, or anything you can write on, be it physical or digital. List just three things that you are absolutely without-a-doubt thankful for in your life.

Now here’s the trick: Don’t just list what you’re grateful for, you have to list why you’re grateful for them, too.

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For example, simply saying “I’m grateful for my kids” will probably make you feel good, sure, but what if we could amplify the warm, fuzzy feeling into real, lasting motivation?

Instead, write the reason you’re so thankful for your children. Is it because they make you laugh and forget about other stressors? Or maybe they help to remind you of why you go to work every day in the first place?

Whatever your reasons may be, jot them down and keep your list somewhere you can see it while you work. A quick glance at your gratitude list throughout the day can provide powerful, positive motivation to keep going.

Bonus:

If you can find just three things to be thankful for that specifically relate to your job, and list why those things make you grateful, your list can also help you find fulfillment in your work itself which can give you an even bigger boost of positivity throughout the day.

3. Take meaningful time for yourself

We all know creating a strong work-life balance can be crucial to feeling satisfied in our jobs, but rarely do we ever address how we’re spending our time outside of work.

Many of us survive a 9-hour work day and commute home only to find ourselves busy with our personal to-do lists, running a household, and taking care of a child (or 2 or 3, and so on).

If you spend all your time working, whether in the office or within your household, you’re going to feel drained at some point. This is why setting meaningful time for yourself every day is highly important.

Look, I get it: I don’t know anyone in the working world who can shun all responsibility for a 3-movie marathon or happy hour with friends whenever they feel like it. But finding time for yourself, be it just 30 minutes to an hour, can really make a difference in how you feel at work.

This works because you’ll have time to actually relax and let the day’s stress melt away while you enjoy something just for you. The to-do lists and stressors will still be there after you’re refreshed and ready to tackle them.

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No time for me-time? Try this:

If you have a busy household, you’ll need to capitalize on a block of time you know will be completely uninterrupted. The easiest way to do this: try waking up 30 minutes to an hour earlier than usual (or push bedtime back an hour if you’re a night owl, like me) and take time to do something you enjoy.

This could be reading with a cup of tea, catching up on Facebook, spending time on a passion project—anything! As long as it’s meaningful to you, it works!

Bonus:

Starting your day with meaningful time for yourself can set you up to have a positive mood that lasts well into office hours, and having your me-time in the evening can give you something positive to look forward to during the day.

4. Get productive and feel accomplished

Don’t you just love the feeling of checking the last item off of a hefty to-do list? That’s because self-motivation can be a huge driver of positivity and success.

When we accomplish something, no matter how small, it makes us feel good, plain and simple. Applying this tactic to your daily work can be the motivator you need to find fulfillment during the daily office grind.

While there are tons of steps to get more done at work, I’ll share my personal favorite: Prioritizing.

Now, many people handle prioritizing differently. Some like to tackle the little tasks first so they can spend focused time on the big to-dos. Others like to knock out the big items first and get to the smaller ones when they can.

No matter which camp you’re in, you may be missing one crucial step: Time management.

So how’s this work? When you factor in the amount of time your priorities will take, it can transform your productivity ten-fold.

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Say you have three top priorities for the day. You might jump into the smaller ones or the bigger ones depending on your preferred method, and then find yourself out of time and bringing work home with you at the end of the day.

This is prevented when you factor in time. Knowing how long each item will take, or deliberately setting specific blocks of time for your priorities can help you accomplish more in the same 8-9 (or 12) hours that you typically spend at work.

Try this:

Take a look at your priorities and consider how long they should take. Pop into your Google calendar (or Filofax, whatever works for you) and schedule time to work on your priority items around any important meetings or events of the day.

The most important thing to remember is to stick to your dedicated time.

Often, when we know exactly how long we have to work on something (and honor this time limit), we’re motivated to get more done on time to avoid taking work home at the end of the day.

The bottom line

There’s no need to waste 1/3 of our lives feeling unsatisfied at work. Luckily, you now have the tools to get started, take back your time, and become happy and fulfilled at work again.

The only question is — which tip will you try first?

Featured photo credit: Ellyot via unsplash.com

Reference

[1]Psychology Today: The Healing Power of Gratitude

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