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How Does an Entrepreneurial Mindset Help You in Life?

How Does an Entrepreneurial Mindset Help You in Life?

It’s often said entrepreneurs are rule makers and often rule breakers. Sometimes we speak about entrepreneurs like they’re some alien species with an entirely different brain anatomy. Nothing is farther from the truth. They’re like anyone else because we are all born with qualities that can make us great entrepreneurs[1] if not in business, in life for sure. We just need to develop those skills and qualities even if we’re not building businesses. This is what Sorin V. Chiriac, Entrepreneur and Director of Business Development at REKZE Laboratories LLC thinks.

It took him almost 10 long years of business entrepreneurship to value the life lessons he learned in his journey as an entrepreneur. He started as a tech entrepreneur and launched several successful start-ups. Later on, he switched his focus from technology to the cosmetics industry, and his company became sole importer and supplier of premium derma-cosmetics brands in the Eastern European market. Later on, he became Director of Business Development at REKZE Laboratories LLC.

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He believes entrepreneurship can be very enriching for personal development in particular and an entrepreneurial mindset[2] can actually offer great benefits in your own daily life.

1. Believe anything is possible.

The first and most important lesson he can share is that you have to always believe anything is possible. This goes beyond the desire in your heart; it means that when you believe something is possible, it’s also doable. If something is doable, you have to focus on how to do it. This trains your mind to see solutions rather than problems and distinguish the priorities in your life.

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2. Take time to appreciate small accomplishments.

As an entrepreneur, you’ll fail more times than you’ll remember and you’ll almost never see any rewards of your efforts overnight. Success takes time and, often, more than you thought. But entrepreneurship is also about the little steps like receiving a “Thank you” card from a client or your first sale. All great things are built slowly. It’s the same in life. When you start appreciating the small accomplishments, you also start to see things differently. You learn to be patient and learn to use what you have, rather than wait for what you don’t have. You learn to make things happen.

3. Don’t do things alone.

When we think about entrepreneurship, we envision something singular. Sharing your ideas and working alongside someone that shares the same beliefs can be very enriching and many times can help you find the needle in the hay of success. If there is something more that Sorin V. Chiriac learned from his entrepreneurial endeavors is that people you surround yourself with are essential for your success. They say if you’re the smartest in the room, you’re probably in the wrong room. Being at odds with someone challenging your ideas can be as constructive in life as it is in business. It’s the same for people supporting your ideas. Having someone believing in you at a time when you cannot find motivation is priceless. Most important: understand you can’t do it all. We need people to help you with little things so you can focus on a handful of your most important goals.

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4. Focus on what you do, not on others.

You’ll always find the grass greener on the other side. Chiriac is a person of action, and he likes to keep building things as he goes, but many entrepreneurs, and he’s known a few, think being a perfectionist is the key to achievement. They spend a bunch of time analyzing their competitors, seeing how they can outrank them. It’s a good thing to know what others are doing, as you want to be a step ahead, but don’t spend too much on it; focus on your ideas because thinking too much about what other people are doing results to nothing, but wastes time we could have used to be more creative in our lives; never forget that time is our most valuable asset.

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5. Just do it.

They say you don’t have to be a genius to be an innovator. Well, that’s perfectly accurate. Most of the ideas and inventions were not new. They became new when they hit the market. When you come up with an idea, the next step is to go for it and patent such an idea,[3] or someone else will do it for you. This is valid in every aspect of life. Sometimes being first is better than being perfect.

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Last Updated on November 5, 2019

How to Use Visual Learning to Work More Effectively

How to Use Visual Learning to Work More Effectively

Knowledge is essential to become successful in life, your career and your business. Without learning new concepts and becoming proficient in our craft, we cannot excel in our chosen careers or archive knowledge to pass down to the next generation.

But content comes in various forms, and because how we learn influences how much we know, we need to talk about learning styles. This article will focus on how to utilize visual learning to boost your career or business.

The Importance of Knowing Your Learning Style

Knowing your learning style enables you to process new information to the best of your ability. Not only does it reduce your learning curve, you’re able to communicate these same concepts to others effectively.

But it all starts when you’re able to first identify the best way you learn.

As a college student, I soon figured out that taking online courses without visual aids or having an instructor in front of me led to poor retention of concepts.

Sure, I got good grades and performed excellently in my online exams. However. I discovered that I couldn’t maintain this performance level because I forgot 80 percent of the course content by the end of the semester.

There are several types of learning styles known to mankind. To give an idea of how visual learning stacks up against other learning styles, here’s a brief mention of some of the different types of learning styles we have.

The four most popular types of learning styles are:

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  • Visual learning style (what this article talks about).
  • Aural or auditory learning style (learning by listening to information presented).
  • Verbal or linguistic learning style (learning that involves speech and writing).
  • Tactile learning style (learning by touching and doing)

But for the purposes of this article, we will be focusing on using visual learning to boost your career or business.

How to Know If You’re a Visual Learner?

When it comes to boosting your career, business (or education), a visual learner is one who would most definitely choose shapes, images, symbols, or reading over auditory messages.

I’m talking about preferring to read an actual map when navigating to a new place over listening to verbal directions. I’m talking about discovering that you actually have trouble remembering what your manager said at the meeting because there were no graphs or illustrations to support the points raised.

Most people who struggle with learning probably aren’t leveraging their best learning styles. The earlier you identify how your learning style can boost your success, the less struggle you will encounter with processing new information throughout your career.

However, visual learning in particular CAN 10x your career or business whether it is your preferred learning style or not. And here’s why:

Several studies have arrived at the conclusion that the brain retains more information with the help of visual aids. In other words, images are directly processed by our long-term memory which helps us store information for longer periods of time.[1]

While some lessons can be performed orally, several concepts can only make sense if you have an image with an explanation of sequences (i.e learning about the human DNA).

Visual learning does use a different part of the brain and visual cues are processed by the part of the brain known as the occipital lobe.

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By engaging more parts of the brain during learning, you’re able to have a fuller understanding of concepts and facilitate better interaction with your immediate environment.

How to Use Visual Learning for Success

Here’re 4 ways to use visual learning to boost your career or business:

1. Bring back the to-do list. Then add shapes and colors to boost productivity.

We live in an age where computers have taken over virtually every aspect of productivity and most human functions. But written lists are making a comeback, and with an endless number of important tasks to complete, having a to-do list of tasks in order of importance can improve your productivity.

While coming up with a list is initially challenging, adding colors and shapes to written lists that you personally write and manage gives you an extra layer of assurance and boosts aids recall so that you actually get stuff done.

I have tried this technique in my work as a registered nurse and discovered that adding shapes and colors to to-do lists helps me delegate tasks, recognize where more work is needed, and makes it easy to cross off completed tasks at the end of the day.

2. Add graphs, charts and symbols to your reports.

Yes, it seems like more work cut out for you. However, graphs enable you monitor the heartbeat of your business.

Graphs and charts help you trend your finances, budget, and pretty much any data overtime. With the help of free and premium software available on the market, it has become easier to take plain data and in a matter of seconds, have relevant information displayed in different shapes and images.

As an entrepreneur, you can make predictions and allocate funds wisely when you’re able to see whether your efforts are rewarded. You can use colors and charts to delegate actions to members of your team and track performance at the same time.

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And when broken down into monthly, quarterly, bi-annual or annual goals, graphs and charts communicate what ordinary text cannot.

3. Effectively brainstorm with mind-mapping.

Mind-mapping is not new but I don’t think it’s been talked about as often as we do to-do lists.

With mind mapping, you’re organizing information accurately and drawing relationships between concepts and pieces from a whole.

Think of a mind map as a tree with several branches. For example, the tree can symbolize healthcare while each branch stands for nursing, medicine, laboratory science, and so on. When you look at nursing, you can further branch out into types of nursing; pediatric, women’s health, critical care, and so on.

It’s an interesting relationship; the more ideas you’re able to come up with for your chosen subject, the deeper you get and the stronger the association.

Mind maps really show you relationships between subjects and topics, and simplifies processes that might seem complicated at first glance. In a way, it is like a graphical representation of facts presented in a simple, visual format.

Mind mapping isn’t only limited to career professionals; business owners can benefit from mind mapping by organizing their online learning activities and breaking down complex tasks into simple actions so that you can accurately measure productivity.

4. Add video streaming to meetings.

What if you could double the productivity of your team members by video streaming your meetings or adding flash animation to your presentation at the same time?

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When you offer video as an alternative method of processing information to colleagues, there is a greater chance of retaining information because we recreate these stories into images in our minds.

For organizations that hold virtual meetings, it can also be an effective way to enhance performance during if people can see their colleagues in addition to flash animation or whatever form of video is provided during the meeting.

Is Visual Learning Better Than Other Learning Styles?

No, that is not the point. The goal here is to supplement your existing dominant learning style with visual learning so that you can experience a significant boost in how you process and use everyday information.

You might discover that understanding scientific concepts are much easier after incorporating visual learning or that you’re able to understand your organization’s value when projected on a visual screen with charts and graphs.

The overall goal is to always be learning and to continue to leverage visual learning style in your career and business.

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