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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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    16 Productivity Secrets of Highly Successful People Revealed

    16 Productivity Secrets of Highly Successful People Revealed

    The same old motivational secrets don’t really motivate you after you’ve read them for the tenth time, do they?

    How about a unique spin on things?

    These 16 productivity secrets of successful people will make you reevaluate your approach to your home, work, and creative lives.

    Learn from these highly successful people’s personal development skills, turn these skills into your daily habits and you’ll get closer to success.

    1. Empty your mind

    It sounds counterproductive, doesn’t it?

    Emptying your mind when you have so much to remember seems like you’re just begging to forget something. Instead, this gives you a clean slate so you’re not still thinking about last week’s tasks.

    Clear your mind and then start thinking only about what you need to do immediately, and then today. Tasks that need to be accomplished later in the week can wait.

    Here’s a guide to help you empty your mind and think sharper:

    How to Increase Brain Power, Boost Memory and Become 10X Smarter

    2. Keep certain days clear

    Some companies are scheduling “No Meeting Wednesdays,” which means, funnily enough, that no one can hold a meeting on a Wednesday. This gives workers a full day to work on their own tasks, without getting sidetracked by other duties or pointless meetings.

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    This can work in your personal life too, for example if you need to restrict Facebook access or limit phone calls.

    3. Prioritize your work

    Don’t think every task is created equal! Some tasks aren’t as important as others, or might take less time.

    Try to sort your tasks every day and see what can be done quickly and efficiently. Get these out of the way so you have more free time and brain power to focus on what is more important.

    Lifehack’s CEO has a unique way to prioritize works, take a look at it here:

    How to Prioritize Right in 10 Minutes and Work 10X Faster

    4. Chop up your time

    Many successful business leaders chop their time up into fifteen-minute intervals. This means they work on tasks for a quarter of an hour at a time, or schedule meetings for only fifteen minutes. It makes each hour seem four times as long, which leads to more productivity!

    5. Have a thinking position

    Truman Capote claimed he couldn’t think unless he was laying down. Proust did this as well, while Stravinsky would stand on his head!

    What works for others may not work for you. Try to find a spot and position that is perfect for you to brainstorm or come up with ideas.

    6. Pick three to five things you must do that day

    To Do lists can get overwhelming very quickly. Instead of making a never-ending list of everything you can think of that needs to be done, make daily lists that include just three to five things.

    Make sure they’re things that need to be done that day, so you don’t keep putting them off.

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    7. Don’t try to do too much

    OK, so I just told you to work every day, and now I’m telling you to not do too much? It might sound like conflicting advice, but not doing too much means not biting off more than you can chew.

    Don’t say yes to every work project or social engagement and find yourself in way over your head.

    8. Have a daily action plan

    Don’t limit yourself to a to-do list! Take ten minutes every morning to map out a daily action plan. It’s a place to not only write what needs to be done that day, but also to prioritize what will bring the biggest reward, what will take the longest, and what goals will be accomplished.

    Leave room for a “brain dump,” where you can scribble down anything else that’s on your mind.

    9. Do your most dreaded project first

    Getting your most dreaded task over with first means you’ll have the rest of the day free for anything and everything else.

    This also means that you won’t be constantly putting off the worst of your projects, making it even harder to start on it later.

    10. Follow the “Two-Minute Rule”

    The “Two-Minute Rule” was made famous by David Allen. It’s simple – if a new task comes in and it can be done in two minutes or less, do it right then.

    Putting it off just adds to your to-do list and will make the task seem more monumental later.

    11. Have a place devoted to work

    If you work in an office, it’s no problem to say that your cubicle desk is where you work every day.

    But if you work from home, make sure you have a certain area specifically for work. You don’t want files spread out all over the dinner table, and you don’t want to feel like you’re not working just because you’re relaxing on the couch.

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    Agatha Christie never wrote at her desk, she wrote wherever she could sit down. Ernest Hemingway wrote standing up. Thomas Wolfe, at 6’6″ tall, used the top of his refrigerator as a desk. Richard Wright wrote on a park bench, rain or shine.

    Have a space where, when you go there, you know you’re going to work. Maybe it’s a cafe downstairs, the library, or a meeting room. Whenever and wherever works for you, do your works there.

    12. Find your golden hour

    You don’t have to stick to a “typical” 9–5 schedule!

    Novelist Anne Rice slept during the day and wrote at night to avoid distractions. Writer Jerzy Kosinski slept eight hours a day, but never all at once. He’d wake in the morning, work, sleep four hours in the afternoon, then work more that evening.

    Your golden hour is the time when you’re at your peak. You’re alert, ready to be productive, and intent on crossing things off your to-do list.

    Once you find your best time, protect it with all your might. Make sure you’re always free to do your best uninterrupted work at this time.

    13. Pretend you’re on an airplane

    It might not be possible to lock everyone out of your office to get some peace and quiet, but you can eliminate some distractions.

    By pretending you’re on an airplane, you can act like your internet access is limited, you’re not able to get something from your bookcase, and you can’t make countless phone calls.

    Eliminating these distractions will help you focus on your most important tasks and get them done without interruption.

    If you find yourself easily distracted and can’t focus, this method will help you overcome distractions.

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    14. Never stop

    Writers Anthony Trollope and Henry James started writing their next books as soon as they finished their current work in progress.

    Stephen King writes every day of the year, and holds himself accountable for 2,000 words a day! Mark Twain wrote every day, and then read his day’s work aloud to his family to get their feedback.

    There’s something to be said about working nonstop, and putting out continuous work instead of taking a break. It’s just a momentum that will push you go further./

    15. Be in tune with your body

    Your mind and body will get tired of a task after ninety minutes to two hours focused on it.

    Keep this in mind as you assign projects to yourself throughout the day, and take breaks to ensure that you won’t get burned out.

    16. Try different methods

    Vladimir Nabokov wrote the first drafts of his novels on index cards. This made it easy to rearrange sentences, paragraphs, and chapters by shuffling the cards around.

    It does sound easier, and more fun, than copying and pasting in Word! Once Nabokov liked the arrangement, his wife typed them into a single manuscript.

    Same for you, don’t give up and think that it’s impossible for you to be productive when one method fails. Try different methods until you find what works perfectly for you.

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