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This “Railway Map” Will Tell You How To Think Like An Entrepreneur

This “Railway Map” Will Tell You How To Think Like An Entrepreneur

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    Are you a current or aspiring entrepreneur?

    Well, if so, you may just need to unlearn what they taught you in school, especially business school.

    How ironic, yes I know.

    In case you hadn’t noticed, most schools prepare their students to become employees, not entrepreneurs.

    Yes, even the business schools with MBA programs.

    Students are taught to follow the rules, not make mistakes, and that working is a necessity.

    Simply.  Not.  True.

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    The Mind Subway Map is actually a great illustration of what it mentally takes to succeed as an entrepreneur and how they think differently than the rest.

    Below, I highlight a few examples from each of the four different “mentality routes.”  

    What to Unlearn From School.

    Follow the rules.

    If we all followed the rules we would cease creating anything new.

    Money is Evil.

    No. The lack of money is evil.

    Behave yourself.

    Entrepreneurs challenge the status quo and aren’t afraid to make mistakes.  This doesn’t align with the discipline they enforce in school.  

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    What to Never Think.

    I don’t know enough.

    The trick is surrounding yourself with people who know what you don’t.  Build a team of various experts.  You will never know it all, and if you’re the smartest person in the room, you’re in trouble.

    What if I fail?

    This one really irks me.  Too many people are scared of failing.  Myself and other entrepreneurs are terrified of not trying.  You will never experience a time where you are free from making mistakes.  Get over it.

    Am I doing as well as Bob?

    Never dwell on how you measure up to others.  I will admit, I am guilty of this, but have learned to recognize the times I waste thinking this way and quickly shift into more positive thought.  Worry about you and your situation.  It’s like comparing yourself to billionaire entrepreneurs instead of who they were when they were first starting and had nothing. You will always come up short.

    What to Always Remember.

    Think Different. 

    Quit thinking like an employee.  Many entrepreneurs learn to love the struggle and experience.  Employees are too concerned with comfort and security.

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    Don’t follow the rules.

    Many entrepreneurs can’t stand authority.  I can certainly relate to that.  I’m definitely not suggesting to break any laws, but some rules are meant to be broken.  For example, do you think I care about writing “properly?”  Or imagine if Pollock, Picasso, and Dali decided to “follow the rules…”  Same for Jobs, Zuckerberg, and Branson.

    Work is an opportunity.

    Entrepreneurs don’t just work to earn, they work to create and benefit others.  They love what they do so that working feels more like opportunity than necessity.  It’s important to love what you do.  Don’t waste another minute doing something you hate.  

    What to Learn to Think.

    Where can I add value? 

    This is the key right here.  Entrepreneurs create new products or services by always asking themselves where they can add value.  Richard Branson recommends entrepreneurs constantly be asking themselves, “what is wrong in my life and how can I make it better?”  The more value you add, and the more people you add value to, the more successful you will be.

    Be Authentic.

    Customers can smell a fake a mile away.  Be authentic in what you do, and don’t pretend to be something you’re not.

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    My gut is usually right.

    I can’t just tell you to follow your gut.  First, you need to start keeping tabs on your gut instincts.  How good is your track record?  If it’s really good then learn to follow it.  If not, then understand why it’s not and improve upon it.  This gets complicated, but it’s essentially known as intrapersonal intelligence.  You’ll find that most entrepreneurs are strong at this ability.  The good news is that it’s not just something you’re born with.  It is learn-able.  

    Remember, people don’t need to be educated as much as they need be reminded.  Print out this map and stick it in a common place.  Use it to occasionally calibrate your cognitive alignment. But, I’m curious.  Why even aspire to be an entrepreneur?

    I cannot speak for us all, but here are three of my reasons:

    1. Live life on my terms, not my employers.

    2. Control my time.

    3. Control my income.

    Obviously, I’m all about control and freedom, but I am confident in suggesting many entrepreneurs feel the same way. Because you’re reading this I assume you are a current or aspiring entrepreneur.

    So what are your reasons? Please share with us below.

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    Published on April 16, 2019

    How Self Care Can Help You Live Your Best Life

    How Self Care Can Help You Live Your Best Life

    When was the last time you did something for yourself?

    Whether it was deciding to treat yourself with a little something or travel for some R&R, how often do you practice self-care?

    Well, as good as above sounds, there’s a common misconception that many of us have about self-care: that it’s only about indulgence and enjoyment.

    However, self-care goes far beyond indulgence. It’s actually about respecting your mind and body, understanding its limits, and being able to take care of every part of yourself, in a holistic way.

    And, you really don’t have to go to extreme measures or do anything specific–like meditating or following a plant based diet–in order to practice self-care. You just have to make sure that what you’re doing is in your best interests.

    So how can you make that happen?

    Below are a few proven methods that will help you become a better version of you. Follow through with these regularly and you’ll be well on your way to living your very best life.

    Listen to Yourself

    The bulk of self-care is knowing yourself.

    This means knowing your body’s limitations, and being in tune with your feelings, emotions and thoughts. So it’s important, then, to know who you are and what you want to do in life, in order to truly say that you know yourself. 

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    What is your purpose?

    Have you ever thought about this question?

    Your purpose doesn’t have to remain the same throughout your life. What you found a purpose in at age 19 would likely be different at age 49.

    In your current situation, think about the different roles that you have – as a working professional, a spouse, a partner, a parent, etc.

    Do you feel like you are fulfilling your purpose through any of these roles?

    All you have to do is ensure that what you’re chasing is meaningful to you; this will bring focus and motivation as you strive to achieve your goals.

    If you have your purpose defined, then that’s awesome! You know what drives you and why.

    But, if you don’t feel like you have a purpose nailed down, it’s good to start by asking why.

    For example, why are you working in your particular job or industry? If the reason is vague or unclear, then your motivational energy will be the same. In which case, you may find yourself not having a direction for where you’re headed in life.

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    If you’d like to learn more about finding your purpose, then I recommend you check out this article:

    How to Get Motivated and Be Happy Every Day When You Wake Up

    Seek Out Continuous Education

    Now, this may seem less common when you think of self-care, but lifelong learning is incredibly useful and an important component of taking care of yourself.

    It’s Super Practical

    Lifelong learning is extremely practical these days and does not require as much effort as it may have in the past. Long gone are the days when you could only find information on something by visiting a library. In this day of the internet, anything you can imagine is at your fingertips.

    You don’t need to physically go to a learning institution to learn. You can watch Youtube videos to learn new skills, take online courses to earn a degree, and scroll through an endless amount of articles, books and journals from reputable news and informative sites.

    When you’re constantly pushing yourself to learn and take up new things, your mental health also improves. Research shows that an active and engaged mind is responsible for diminishing age-related memory loss and improves overall cognitive abilities.

    Your Confidence Will Skyrocket

    You’ll also have improved self worth as it teaches you to step outside of your comfort zone, which will undoubtedly improve your confidence.

    You’ll also connect better with others by expanding your knowledge base. Learning exposes you to a multitude of new ideas and perspectives that you may have otherwise never considered. This also increases your adaptability. Whether it’s at work or just wanting to adapt to society, your peers, and loved ones, life long learning prepares you to take on new challenges.

    You’ll Be More Desired in the Job Market

    Another obvious reason for continuous education, is that your employability will also increase.

    With the ever changing economy, and huge influences from technology, social media, science etc., job descriptions today are moving targets. Assignments and roles change so quickly in response to changing business demands, it becomes a Herculean task to keep a job description database current.

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    In years past, stability was a characteristic of the world of work. Procedures, information, jobs, and organizations were established and provided continuity. Education was completed in the first 14 to 22 years of one’s life, followed by a long career occasionally punctuated by short-term job training.

    Today, however, jobs, companies, and technology are disappearing and being created simultaneously. To remain current and maintain a competitive advantage in the human capital marketplace, an individual is challenged to continually learn.

    People return to school at every age to enrich their skills and knowledge for their current positions. Some even prepare themselves for new jobs or career changes, moving them forward into new opportunities and technology.

    We can be assured that we will be challenged to continue to learn new tasks and information throughout our lives. Successful careers belong to flexible, curious learners who are prepared for opportunities because they know themselves and where they make their best contribution. As Peter Drucker, the father of modern management stated,

    “Knowledge is choice.”

    Lifelong learning also increases social awareness and perspective. To genuinely understand and empathize with others, increase social awareness, and foster strong interpersonal relationships, it’s important to seek out new perspectives. Enhancing the skills that positively impact emotional intelligence can bring even greater happiness and success, both personally and at work; and, this is all part of self-care.

    Improve Your Habits (Both at Work and at Home)

    Now, the last piece of advice I want to introduce to your self-care regimen, is to improve your habits.

    Habits define who you are, and are built up over time. You are what you eat is a great example of this. If you make it a habit to eat foods that nourish your body, rather than make your body feel bad, then you will be much healthier overall.

    Good Habits Allow You to Reach Your Goals

    Since habits dictate your days and nights, such as waking up every morning to get to work before a certain time, or brushing your teeth before bedtime every night, they play a major role in whether we do or do not reach our goals.

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    When you form habits that allow you to progress towards your goals, you’re automatically living a purposeful day, everyday.

    Habits Make Your Time a Priority

    How do you spend your free time? Do you opt to lounge on the couch watching Netflix passively, or do you engage in activities that support your purpose in life?

    It’s natural to waste a lot of time during the day, but fostering good habits will make you set a pattern for how you spend your time and give you the choice of what you choose to spend your time on. By improving your habits, you’ll find that you can be a LOT more productive. When you create good habits, you become more efficient with your time and a lot less is wasted.

    This in essence creates an overall positive influence on your life, allowing you to treat your mind and body well, which is why improving your habits are so important to self-care.

    Your Well Being Comes First

    We live in such a fast-paced society, where we are often so caught up in our work, families, maintaining our social lives, our studies and everything in between. It’s an understatement to say that life can get a little overwhelming at times.

    If you’ve ever watched the safety video onboard a plane, you’ll know that they always ask for a parent or adult to put on the safety mask first, before tending to the child. This may sound selfish, but the fact is that if you truly want to ensure the child’s safety, then your safety needs to come first so that you can protect and care for the child without complications from your end.

    The same goes for self-care. We need to ensure that our well being is priority, so that we can be the best for the people around us.

    Listening to yourself, practicing lifelong learning and improving your habits are steps that you can take to ensure you’re constantly in the best state of mind, alongside the indulgence and rest that you reward yourself with.

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