I might as well be transparent. I quit my “day job.” Despite the fact that I’m fully capable of working a full-time or part-time job and “pursuing” my passion, I had to realize that I would never be able to get where I want to be giving my dream part-time attention. I realized a few months ago that my mindset had truly changed. I evolved from having a business on the side to a full-blown entrepreneur. The way I approached my days when I didn’t have to clock-in at the day job changed drastically. I could see myself separating from some people around me who seem stuck in a never-ending cycle with their businesses. I’ve decided that it’s not how good your product is or how great your service is that makes you successful. It is your mindset.
Here is what I’ve noticed has changed about my mindset and that you should consider changing about yours.
I have no shame.
I don’t. I will shamelessly promote and plug my business in all kinds of environments. I have decided that I am worth the level of attention I seek for my brand and have no problem speaking up to make that known. There was a time I felt afraid to tell people my vision or goals. I would do the tasks of my business quietly and without fanfare. This is no longer. Like I demand of my clients, I have pushed myself to show my hard work, my successes, and even some of my failures. Hesitation can cost money when you’re an entrepreneur. I’ve learned to speak up, show my expertise, and forge strong relationships.
I invested in professional services.
I can count. That doesn’t make me an accountant. I can google contracts. That doesn’t make me a lawyer. I realized that before my business started to take off to the upper echelon success I have envisioned, it’s better to put the investment necessary into protecting myself and my business now. When I found myself sacrificing the opportunity to simply “bank” money to ensure my books, my contracts, and my processes were in place so that I could bank money and sleep at night, I realized I was in a different place. People who aren’t investing in strong foundations aren’t looking to build skyscrapers. I, on the other hand, plan to have a panoramic top-floor view like Miranda Priestly.
I stopped wasting time.
It is possible to get the response, “I’m working, what’s up?” from me at any given time, day or night. Entrepreneurship is often an over fantasized life. Everyone envisions entrepreneurship as Instagram accounts of international travel, lunch with wine, and the hashtag #EntrepreneurLife. I had to stop thinking that not “clocking-in” meant I had all day to get things done. On the contrary, unlike at my “day job”, if I don’t do it, it will not get done. There is no one to pick up the slack. I will not get paid if I don’t do the work. It’s that simple. So I began to get up daily, get dressed, take my son to school, and work for my business twice as long and three times as hard as I did for years on my job.
Entrepreneurship is not for the weak. It takes a balance of passion, persistence, and insanity to make it work. It all begins with your mindset.