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7 Traits Separating an Entrepreneur from a Wantrepreneur

7 Traits Separating an Entrepreneur from a Wantrepreneur
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Most of you say you’re an entrepreneur, or planning to become an entrepreneur, but are you really who you think you are?

Most of the people don’t want to be an entrepreneur, they just kinda-want it. They put half-hearted efforts into their business and are not really passionate. Also, in most cases, they do it because these days society has created a notion that ‘entrepreneurship is cool’.

Well, sorry to disappoint, but that’s so not the case. If you’re anything like what I mentioned above, you’re a wantrepreneur. What that means is you just want to be an entrepreneur but don’t have the following traits that separate a wanna-be from the real thing.

An Absolute Purpose

Real entrepreneurs have a purpose embedded deep within themselves which holds greater importance to them than anything else. They’re willing to sacrifice anything at all. Unlike, wantrepreneurs who have no purpose and give up easily on themselves, no storm is strong enough to waver them from their path.

Elon Musk’s purpose is to increase the human life span. A purpose so strong is what keeps this man’s drive alive allowing him to hustle all out 80-100 hours a week.

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Remember this: Motivation is doomed to exhaust sooner or later. Purpose is what keeps one going.

Focus On Opportunities Not The Risk

Unlike wantrepreneurs, who usually tend to avoid things because ‘it’s risky’ and ‘unpredictable’; entrepreneurs have the courage to take the plunge. They’re not afraid of new opportunities and are willing to risk almost anything regardless of how irrational it may seem to anyone else.

They don’t skip or intentionally overlook opportunities just because their hands will get dirty. An entrepreneur just believes in themselves and takes the plunge. If it resonates with an entrepreneur — it has to be done.

Sense of Urgency

Entrepreneurs have this unfathomable sense of urgency that makes them unstoppable and many times apparently unreasonable. They have a drive to do stuff. Wantreprenuers plan on doing things, umm.. later? Don’t stay stuck in the idea stage. If you wait until the right time, you’re a wantrepreneur. By the time you’re ‘ready’ the market is out there already on fire and entrepreneurs who took action when you were planning are leveraging it.

The richest place on Earth is the graveyard, because in the graveyard you’ll find ideas that never became reality. Be impatient. If you think something can be done, just do it. You’re not the only one, believe me.

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Sleep is for Suckers

They don’t care if they’ve to run short of some sleep for a day, week, month, or even year. They know, their dream is more important and they cannot afford to waste their time dreaming when they can just get up and make it a reality.

Thomas Edison slept only for 3 hours and his success is evident. He had more hours than any average purpose to go after his goals. You don’t have to be that extreme. Plan for yourself and see if you can manage well with less sleep. Try to push yourself.

When the situation demands it make sure you don’t fall short of the necessary hours. This doesn’t mean you don’t prioritize the time your body needs to recuperate but never lose on an opportunity because you choose to hit that snooze button.

They Know Nothing

Socrates said, “I know that I am intelligent, because I know that I know nothing.”  The wisest people know they know nothing. Unfortunately, a wantrepreneur is complacent and believes that they know ‘enough’. The very day you believe that you know enough, you’ll inevitably fail.

Warren Buffett, one of the greatest investors this world has ever seen, spends 80% of his working time reading. Now, pause and reflect. What is that something this 85 year old legend doesn’t know?

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Read books, attend seminars, go to workshops — just continue to learn.

They Don’t Give Their Best

What I mean is, they don’t believe “I’ll just give my best; it’s cool if it works out” or “I’ll try”. That’s a big no-no. They haven’t taken the entrepreneurial path to foster their ego and boast on social media like a wantrepreneur, but to do something, to get something, and to give something.

Real entrepreneurs, as Grant Cardone says, “Approach every situation with a whatever it takes mindset”. Yes, many times things may not work, but that doesn’t mean you’ll give up.

Henry Ford was building cars with technology that didn’t exist in his time. He just knew he had to create cars a middle-class person could own no matter what it took. He kept forging on, and today he’s a legend whose work is never to be forgotten.

Tomorrow is Not in Their Calendar

Whatever is supposed to be done, it’ll be done today. As my high-school teacher used to say, “tomorrow is just a convenient excuse.” A wantrepreneur will always seek reasons as to why they can’t start today. The only reason why you’ll not start today is you, no one else.

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If you believe in your idea and have a strong purpose driving it then you’re unstoppable. Don’t wait until you get your company certificate or reply back from the investor or anything. Let no excuse be a hindrance to your success.

Change today. It’s possible. Scrutinize the above points and contemplate who you are.

“Do what you can with what you have and where you are because what you’ve is plenty.” — Theodore Roosevelt

Manifest your dream. Five years down the line you will wish you started today. If it’s hard, then do it hard. Don’t get beaten because you beat yourself.

Get started TODAY!

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Published on July 27, 2021

15 Smart Video Conferencing Etiquette Tips to Follow

15 Smart Video Conferencing Etiquette Tips to Follow
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During the pandemic, video conferencing replaced in-person meetings and has now become the standard option for business meetings. Over the past 17 months, most workers have gotten past the video conferencing learning curve with Zoom or Microsoft Teams (or their platform of choice).

But just as with in-person meetings, attention can wax and wane. Some say we’re just not used to staring at ourselves so much on the screen. Instead of fixating on that, try employing smart video conferencing etiquette, or you may risk indiscretions that will flag you as a slacker.

Put the Pro in Professional

After more than a year of fine-tuning, here are the new rules of video conferencing etiquette.

1. Mute Your Mobile and Other Devices

The first video conference etiquette you need to know is muting your other devices. Just as in the pre-COVID days, someone’s obnoxious ring tone blaring Taylor Swift’s newest single in the middle of a meeting is also an annoyance if it happens during a Zoom meeting and so is the inevitable fumbling to turn off the sound. Even the apologies to the group get tiresome.

Also, when notifications are activated on the computer that you’re using for the meeting, the incoming message takes over the audio and you’ll miss out on snippets of the conversation. Be sure to eliminate this possible faux pas.

2. Dress the Part

While working from home, you may have fallen into the habit of slipping on your comfiest T-shirt each day. Hey, no judgments! But before you log on to your video conference, try to make an effort with your appearance.

Depending on your company culture and the importance of your meeting, consider dressing the part of the professional whom you wish to project. It will help you feel more self-assured, and others will likely take you more seriously.

For women, wear light make-up, put on earrings, and make sure your blouse is crisply pressed. For men, show up freshly shaved. Wearing a crisp collared shirt in a solid color will usually suffice.

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Pro Tip: Stay away from wearing white or black, unless those colors look great on you. Consider wearing light blue or brown instead.

3. Stage Your Workspace

Have you noticed the backdrops of experts interviewed on news shows? Bookshelves and photographs are carefully curated, and no busy-patterned furniture or artwork is in sight.

Take note of what appears behind you when you choose the location of your video conferences. Piles of junk mail on the table or stacks of folded laundry on the couch will convey more about your personal life than you care to share. Make sure you remove clutter from the camera’s eye, and present a tidy, orderly workspace to your colleagues, coworkers, and bosses.

4. Put Some Thought Into Lighting and Perspective

Be aware that in a video conference, your computer camera can actually make you look up to ten pounds heavier depending on where you sit. But you can easily drop those added pounds by moving back from the screen to diminish the wide-angle distortion.

Frame your head on the screen by tilting the screen up or down. Also, it’s best to not place yourself in front of a window or bright light, which makes you appear in shadow. Instead, face the light source, moving it (or yourself) until you have a flattering amount of illumination. You can also purchase some small spotlights that allow you to add light as needed.

Pro Tip: If your lights add too much redness to your skin, consider counter-balancing with a green filter.

Remember That Half of Life Is Showing Up

5. Arrive on Time

In the old days of in-person meetings, it was nearly impossible to slip in late into a meeting unnoticed. In today’s video conferences, logging in late still shows poor form. Instead, strive to arrive five minutes early and get yourself settled.

Once the meeting is underway, the host may be less attentive about late arrivals waiting to be let in. Diverting the host’s attention away from the meeting with a tardy entry request is the ultimate giveaway that you didn’t honor the schedule. If you don’t want a black mark against you, log in on time.

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6. Turn on Your Video

Few people like to see their face on the screen, but buck up and turn on your camera in video conferences. In most cases, it’s better to be a face on a screen than a name in a blank square. Your statements will be more memorable when other meeting attendees can see you.

If you need to turn off the video, either because of a poor connection, some commotion in the room, or a need for a quick break, give a short explanation via the chat feature. Then, go back on video as soon as you’re able.

Pro Tip: Keep your explanation for your departure pithy. “Sorry! Doorbell rang. Back in five” says it all. Be sure to honor what you say in chat and really do return in five minutes.

7. Plan Ahead Before Sharing Your Screen

Don’t be one of those people who makes everyone else wait as you click through folders in search of a document. That’s just poor video conferencing etiquette. If you know you’ll need to share a document or video on your screen, prepare by pulling it out of its folder and onto your desktop. Also, clean up the files and folders on your desktop to reduce clutter and facilitate easy access. Close other programs like chat, calendar notifications, and email. Disable pop-up notifications to ensure there’ll be no unforeseen distractions.

Be sure to remind the host before the meeting that you’ll need them to activate the screen-sharing function. Show courtesy once you’re finished by hitting “stop share” to return to the screen with participants.

Attend to the Pesky Details

8. Make Sure That Meetings Remain Right-Sized

With the easy accessibility of video conferencing, it can be tempting to extend the meeting invitation beyond the core group and include everyone peripherally involved in a project. But just as with in-person meetings, the more people involved, the more unwieldy the meeting becomes.

Use good judgment when asking others to sit through a video conference so that you don’t needlessly take up others’ time and so that participants can be fully engaged.

9. Remember to “Unmute” Before You Speak

Most of us are likely able to count on one hand the number of video conferences when someone didn’t have to be reminded, “You’re on mute!” Forgetting to unmute before speaking has become one of the most common missteps in video conferencing.[1]

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Show everyone your impeccable video-conferencing poise by managing your mute feature with flawless control.

10. Stay on Point to Keep the Meeting Length in Check

As with in-person meetings, an agenda with assigned time limits for discussions remains necessary to keep a meeting focused. Data shows, however, that video conferencing can actually reduce meeting time.[2] Reasons include the elimination of commuting time and the ability to screen share and annotate to keep everyone on task.

Additionally, side conversations are virtually impossible with video conferencing now that you can no longer have back-and-forth exchanges with the person beside you.

Pro Tip: If you’re running the meeting, let attendees know in advance the protocol for the chat feature. Is it okay for them to “chat among themselves” or not? (See point 11, as well.)

Talking Has a Time and a Place

11. Chat Appropriately

Just like side conversations or texting in an in-person meeting, the use of the chat feature during a video conference can be disrespectful unless it’s directed to all participants. Hence, it’s good video conferencing etiquette to mind your use of the chat.

At the start of the meeting, you may want to ask the host if it’s alright for participants to use the chat feature. This allows them to disable it if they choose. Used appropriately, it can be a helpful tool to clarify or amplify an earlier point once the conversation has moved on or to let the group know that you need to sign off early (and why).

12. Use the “Raise Hand” Feature to Avoid Interruptions

The slight lag in many video conferences can result in speaking over another person if you attempt to jump into a conversation. To avoid this awkward interruption, indicate when you have something to add to the discussion with the raise-your-hand feature that signals the host you would like to speak. This effective meeting management device makes video conferencing run more smoothly, especially with a large group, but it must be activated and monitored by the host.

Pro Tip: For meetings of six to ten people, sometimes the old-fashioned raising of your physical hand may be the best option. But it’s up to the meeting host. Ask them what they would prefer, and follow that.

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13. Don’t Record the Session or Take Photos Without Prior Permission

In this case, not sharing is caring. The “sharing culture” made popular through social media has little place in video conferencing. Before recording a meeting or capturing a screenshot of the participants, always ask for consent in advance from the full roster of attendees. Knowing that a video conference will be photographed or recorded could have a bearing on what others are willing to discuss.

Manage Yourself

14. Minimize Distractions

While de-activating audio and video features can keep distractions from affecting the other participants, you will need to manage noise and disruptions on your end to give your full attention to the meeting.

Move out of high-traffic zones in your home, keep your door closed, and ask family members to be considerate.

15. Save Snacking for Later

Save snacking for later—or earlier. Eating while on video conference is a no-no. Munching in front of the group while close to the camera—as you are when video conferencing—subjects the participants to an up-close and (too) personal view of your food consumption process.

However, it’s perfectly fine to sip quietly from a glass of water or cup of coffee or tea. If the meeting threatens to last for more than two hours, you may want to ask the host in advance to schedule a five-minute break at the halfway point.

Final Thoughts

Even though bosses are now beginning to ask workers to spend some of their workdays on-site, up to 80 percent will permit employees to work remotely at least part of the time, which means more video conferencing in your future.[3] Mastering these video conferencing etiquette tips will help you dial in—as well as dial back—your participation and demonstrate your unwavering level of engagement to the team.

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