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10 Things Outstanding Entrepreneurs Never Worry About

10 Things Outstanding Entrepreneurs Never Worry About

Outstanding entrepreneurs are simply exceptional. Their actions are laudable and courageous. While entrepreneurs may not be perfect, they do have one thing right—they realize that to achieve great things, you need to have a laser focus for what you are going for. Outstanding entrepreneurs focus on the goal; they don’t worry about mundane factors, or the risks that they are taking. They look and work toward the future.

1. They don’t worry about just making money.

Outstanding entrepreneurs are not motivated or worried about making money. Rather than worry about money, they are focused on their passion. They work hard and focus on delivering value to the world around them. Yet somehow, this often pays off financially, even though it is not what they are worried about.

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2. They don’t worry about failing.

Why worry about failing when there is so much to accomplish throughout the process even if you do fail? Outstanding entrepreneurs don’t worry about failure or even talk about it. They know that failure is an integral part of success. They know that they have to fail before they succeed.

3. They don’t worry about work/life balance.

Most outstanding entrepreneurs view their work as play. They know that work should be something they are so passionate about that they want to always do it. Every other element in their life will always have a connection to their work. This way they don’t just work to live; they live to work.

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4. They don’t worry about being who they are not.

Every entrepreneur is unique. They are authentic and real. If they are media entrepreneurs, that is what they stick to. If they do better with being tech entrepreneurs, they stick with it. They don’t bother themselves with trying to be who they are not or who they cannot be.

5. They don’t worry about quitting.

For the average person, there is always an exit strategy. But the entrepreneur is concerned with doing what needs to be done to succeed. If they have to quit, it means they want to re-energize and reinvent their approach.

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6. They don’t worry about what they are worth.

So much is attached to the personal worth of an individual that we forget that what really matters is how much a person has given back. Outstanding entrepreneurs focus on giving and offering value rather than simply taking.

7. They don’t worry about their past woes.

They are not concerned about how they failed in their last venture. They don’t worry about the mistakes of yesterday. They will learn from them. But they will not burn themselves out with the consequences of their former actions.

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8. They don’t worry about the rules.

Rules were made to be broken. Most outstanding entrepreneurs function against the norm or what many may have considered to be the conventional approach. There is always an exception to the rule, and every entrepreneur wants to be in that sphere where they are not simply following the pack.

9. They don’t worry about losing everything.

Everything gained could be lost and everything lost could be gained, so why play safe? Outstanding entrepreneurs are focused on the adventures and the experiences that life has in store for them each day rather than what they have to lose.

10. They don’t worry about being wrong.

Yes, they can be wrong. No one can always be right. But it is better to try rather than to get stuck on what will happen or what won’t. Outstanding entrepreneurs are concerned with taking action rather than whether they will be caught in the wrong or held responsible for their actions. They are concerned about the end goal and doing what is necessary.

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Last Updated on July 16, 2019

7 Powerful Habits To Win In Office Politics

7 Powerful Habits To Win In Office Politics

Office politics – a taboo word for some people. It’s a pervasive thing at the workplace.

In its simplest form, workplace politics is simply about the differences between people at work; differences in opinions, conflicts of interests are often manifested as office politics. It all goes down to human communications and relationships.

There is no need to be afraid of office politics. Top performers are those who have mastered the art of winning in office politics. Below are 7 good habits to help you win at the workplace:

1. Be Aware You Have a Choice

The most common reactions to politics at work are either fight or flight. It’s normal human reaction for survival in the wild, back in the prehistoric days when we were still hunter-gatherers.

Sure, the office is a modern jungle, but it takes more than just instinctive reactions to win in office politics. Instinctive fight reactions will only cause more resistance to whatever you are trying to achieve; while instinctive flight reactions only label you as a pushover that people can easily take for granted. Neither options are appealing for healthy career growth.

Winning requires you to consciously choose your reactions to the situation. Recognize that no matter how bad the circumstances, you have a choice in choosing how you feel and react. So how do you choose? This bring us to the next point…

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2. Know What You Are Trying to Achieve

When conflicts happen, it’s very easy to be sucked into tunnel-vision and focus on immediate differences. That’s a self-defeating approach. Chances are, you’ll only invite more resistance by focusing on differences in people’s positions or opinions.

The way to mitigate this without looking like you’re fighting to emerge as a winner in this conflict is to focus on the business objectives. In the light of what’s best for the business, discuss the pros and cons of each option. Eventually, everyone wants the business to be successful; if the business don’t win, then nobody in the organization wins.

It’s much easier for one to eat the humble pie and back off when they realize the chosen approach is best for the business.

By learning to steer the discussion in this direction, you will learn to disengage from petty differences and position yourself as someone who is interested in getting things done. Your boss will also come to appreciate you as someone who is mature, strategic and can be entrusted with bigger responsibilities.

3. Focus on Your Circle of Influence

At work, there are often issues which we have very little control over. It’s not uncommon to find corporate policies, client demands or boss mandates which affects your personal interests.

Gossiping and complaining are common responses to these events that we cannot control. But think about it, other than that short term emotional outlet, what tangible results do gossiping really accomplish? In most instances, none.

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Instead of feeling victimized and angry about the situation, focus on the things that you can do to influence the situation — your circle of influence. This is a very empowering technique to overcome the feeling of helplessness. It removes the victimized feeling and also allows others to see you as someone who knows how to operate within given constraints.

You may not be able to change or decide on the eventual outcome but, you can walk away knowing that you have done the best within the given circumstances.

Constraints are all around in the workplace; with this approach, your boss will also come to appreciate you as someone who is understanding and positive.

4. Don’t Take Sides

In office politics, it is possible to find yourself stuck in between two power figures who are at odds with each other. You find yourself being thrown around while they try to outwit each other and defend their own position; all at the expense of you getting the job done. You can’t get them to agree on a common decision for a project, and neither of them want to take ownership of issues; they’re too afraid they’ll get stabbed in the back for any mishaps.

In cases like this, focus on the business objectives and don’t take side with either of them – even if you like one better than the other. Place them on a common communication platform and ensure open communications among all parties, so that no one can claim “I didn’t say that”.

By not taking sides, you’ll help to direct conflict resolution in an objective manner. You’ll also build trust with both parties. That’ll help to keep the engagements constructive and focus on business objectives.

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5. Don’t Get Personal

In office politics, you’ll get angry with people. It happens. There will be times when you feel the urge to give that person a piece of your mind and teach him a lesson. Don’t.

People tend to remember moments when they were humiliated or insulted. Even if you win this argument and get to feel really good about it for now, you’ll pay the price later when you need help from this person. What goes around comes around, especially at the workplace.

To win in the office, you’ll want to build a network of allies which you can tap into. The last thing you want during a crisis or an opportunity is to have someone screw you up because they harbor ill-intentions towards you – all because you’d enjoyed a brief moment of emotional outburst at their expense.

Another reason to hold back your temper is your career advancement. Increasingly, organizations are using 360 degree reviews to promote someone. Even if you are a star performer, your boss will have to fight a political uphill battle if other managers or peers see you as someone who is difficult to work with. The last thing you’ll want is to make it difficult for your boss to champion you for a promotion.

6. Seek to Understand, Before Being Understood

The reason people feel unjustified is because they felt misunderstood. Instinctively, we are more interested in getting the others to understand us than to understand them first. Top people managers and business leaders have learned to suppress this urge.

Surprisingly, seeking to understand is a very disarming technique. Once the other party feels that you understand where he/she is coming from, they will feel less defensive and be open to understand you in return. This sets the stage for open communications to arrive at a solution that both parties can accept.

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Trying to arrive at a solution without first having this understanding is very difficult – there’s little trust and too much second-guessing.

7. Think Win-Win

As mentioned upfront, political conflicts happen because of conflicting interests. Perhaps due to our schooling, we are taught that to win, someone else needs to lose. Conversely, we are afraid to let someone else win, because it implies losing for us.

In business and work, that doesn’t have to be the case.

Learn to think in terms of “how can we both win out of this situation?” This requires that you first understand the other party’s perspective and what’s in it for him.

Next, understand what’s in it for you. Strive to seek out a resolution that is acceptable and beneficial to both parties. Doing this will ensure that everyone truly commit to the agreed resolution and will not pay only lip-service to it.

People simply don’t like to lose. You may get away with win-lose tactics once or twice but very soon, you’ll find yourself without allies in the workplace.

Thinking win-win is an enduring strategy that builds allies and help you win in the long term.

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