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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.

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

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    The Importance of Reminders (And How to Make a Reminder Work)

    The Importance of Reminders (And How to Make a Reminder Work)
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    No matter how well you set up your todo list and calendar, you aren’t going to get things done unless you have a reliable way of reminding yourself to actually do them.

    Anyone who’s spent an hour writing up the perfect grocery list only to realize at the store that they forgot to bring the list understands the importance of reminders.

    Reminders of some sort or another are what turn a collection of paper goods or web services into what David Allen calls a “trusted system.”[1]

    A lot of people resist getting better organized. No matter what kind of chaotic mess, their lives are on a day-to-day basis because they know themselves well enough to know that there’s after all that work they’ll probably forget to take their lists with them when it matters most.

    Fortunately, there are ways to make sure we remember to check our lists — and to remember to do the things we need to do, whether they’re on a list or not.

    In most cases, we need a lot of pushing at first, for example by making a reminder, but eventually we build up enough momentum that doing what needs doing becomes a habit — not an exception.

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    From Creating Reminders to Building Habits

    A habit is any act we engage in automatically without thinking about it.

    For example, when you brush your teeth, you don’t have to think about every single step from start to finish; once you stagger up to the sink, habit takes over (and, really, habit got you to the sink in the first place) and you find yourself putting toothpaste on your toothbrush, putting the toothbrush in your mouth (and never your ear!), spitting, rinsing, and so on without any conscious effort at all.

    This is a good thing because if you’re anything like me, you’re not even capable of conscious thought when you’re brushing your teeth.

    The good news is you already have a whole set of productivity habits you’ve built up over the course of your life. The bad news is, a lot of them aren’t very good habits.

    That quick game Frogger to “loosen you up” before you get working, that always ends up being 6 hours of Frogger –– that’s a habit. And as you know, habits like that can be hard to break — which is one of the reasons why habits are so important in the first place.

    Once you’ve replaced an unproductive habit with a more productive one, the new habit will be just as hard to break as the old one was. Getting there, though, can be a chore!

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    The old saw about anything you do for 21 days becoming a habit has been pretty much discredited, but there is a kernel of truth there — anything you do long enough becomes an ingrained behavior, a habit. Some people pick up habits quickly, others over a longer time span, but eventually, the behaviors become automatic.

    Building productive habits, then, is a matter of repeating a desired behavior over a long enough period of time that you start doing it without thinking.

    But how do you remember to do that? And what about the things that don’t need to be habits — the one-off events, like taking your paycheck stubs to your mortgage banker or making a particular phone call?

    The trick to reminding yourself often enough for something to become a habit, or just that one time that you need to do something, is to interrupt yourself in some way in a way that triggers the desired behavior.

    The Wonderful Thing About Triggers — Reminders

    A trigger is anything that you put “in your way” to remind you to do something. The best triggers are related in some way to the behavior you want to produce.

    For instance, if you want to remember to take something to work that you wouldn’t normally take, you might place it in front of the door so you have to pick it up to get out of your house.

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    But anything that catches your attention and reminds you to do something can be a trigger. An alarm clock or kitchen timer is a perfect example — when the bell rings, you know to wake up or take the quiche out of the oven. (Hopefully you remember which trigger goes with which behavior!)

    If you want to instill a habit, the thing to do is to place a trigger in your path to remind you to do whatever it is you’re trying to make into a habit — and keep it there until you realize that you’ve already done the thing it’s supposed to remind you of.

    For instance, a post-it saying “count your calories” placed on the refrigerator door (or maybe on your favorite sugary snack itself)  can help you remember that you’re supposed to be cutting back — until one day you realize that you don’t need to be reminded anymore.

    These triggers all require a lot of forethought, though — you have to remember that you need to remember something in the first place.

    For a lot of tasks, the best reminder is one that’s completely automated — you set it up and then forget about it, trusting the trigger to pop up when you need it.

    How to Make a Reminder Works for You

    Computers and ubiquity of mobile Internet-connected devices make it possible to set up automatic triggers for just about anything.

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    Desktop software like Outlook will pop up reminders on your desktop screen, and most online services go an extra step and send reminders via email or SMS text message — just the thing to keep you on track. Sandy, for example, just does automatic reminders.

    Automated reminders can help you build habits — but it can also help you remember things that are too important to be trusted even to habit. Diabetics who need to take their insulin, HIV patients whose medication must be taken at an exact time in a precise order, phone calls that have to be made exactly on time, and other crucial events require triggers even when the habit is already in place.

    My advice is to set reminders for just about everything — have them sent to your mobile phone in some way (either through a built-in calendar or an online service that sends updates) so you never have to think about it — and never have to worry about forgetting.

    Your weekly review is a good time to enter new reminders for the coming weeks or months. I simply don’t want to think about what I’m supposed to be doing; I want to be reminded so I can think just about actually doing it.

    I tend to use my calendar for reminders, mostly, though I do like Sandy quite a bit.

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    Reference

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