Do you want an entrepreneurial mindset but don’t know how to adopt one?

If you answered yes keep reading.

Growing up I wanted to be a librarian. I love everything about books, research, and books. I never had a desire to own my own business until I tired of my job of 13 years. I was satisfied with getting a secure paycheck every other week.  Now that my dreams have changed, my career choice is changing.

Now that I’m working on a different dream, the definition of employee to entrepreneur mindset had to change.  If you want to start a side hustle, start an online business, or quit your job, your mindset must change. If you don’t adopt this mindset, you will not be successful.

An entrepreneur is……..

someone who owns their own business or side hustle.  It could be a brick and mortar, online, or start by word of mouth.

To be successful, you need to make money, and it should be a profit. You don’t want to work hours upon hours and without seeing a profit do you?

To build a profitable business, you must change your mindset.

Many business owners feel entrepreneurs are born not made, but I beg to differ. As I stated earlier, I never had a desire to be a business owner before having my son. Once I decided I wanted it, I began taking the steps necessary to change my thinking.

So the question is, can you adopt an entrepreneurial mindset?

Simply answered, yes.

Here are the nine steps I’m taking to change my mindset from employee to Entrepreneur (and how you can too!)

1. Believe in Yourself

Do you believe you’ll be a successful entrepreneur? Believing in yourself is the first and most crucial entrepreneurial mindset where everything will flow.

I’ve always been a confident person in most aspects of my life but believing I could build a successful online business is a scary thing.  I questioned if I could do it. Was it worth me risking my full-time job to start something new? Every time I look at my son, the answer is yes.

Because there were some insecurities, I began creating vision boards and writing goals of where I wanted to be in a year. I started small to avoid becoming overwhelmed with where I want to take my business. Believing every small step will lead to a larger step, allowing me to build year after year.

To keep things in perspective, I look at my vision board every single night. Anytime I get discouraged; I look at my board. I remember my why.

If you don’t believe in yourself, you won’t be successful. You’ll find excuse after excuse for reasons your business will not work. Creating a vision for life and business will help you keep everything in perspective.

2. Make a Commitment

The second entrepreneurial mindset is that you are committed to succeeding no matter what.

You must commit to the process.

Meaning, you need to take action to get to your desired result. Problems and trials will not hinder or stop you. These obstacles should strengthen your resolve. They should motivate you to find another way to solve the problem.

“Success cannot happen without failure.”

Be open to failure. Be open to trouble. Preparing for future problems will spare you from disappointment.

It will get uncomfortable. It will be rough. Just be ready for the ride, even if it slows down from time to time.

Deciding to take action is your decision alone. Once you obtain momentum, it will be rewarding, giving you the desire and hunger for more.

3.  Be Willing to Learn

The third entrepreneurial mindset is that you are obsessed with business and marketing.

If you aren’t open to learning new things, stop reading.  Anyone who tells you they can build a successful business without a mentor, book, class, or advice is a liar.

Every successful business owner gets help from somewhere.

I dove in head first.  I read, take online courses, listen to podcasts, and I have a new coach (more on that later).

To build a successful business, you must be willing to learn from those who did it before you. It’s clear they have the insight I don’t. Why make avoidable mistakes?  Pride keeps people from reach out for help.  Don’t be that person.

I don’t know a thing about marketing. I’m uncomfortable with marketing, but you better believe it’s in the plan.

I’m pretty good at budgeting my home finances, but business finances are a different beast. Does that mean I just hand it off to an accountant or bookkeeper? I can’t afford that right now. So how do I conquer my fear of handling business finances? I read.  Profit First is teaching me how to set up my business finances for success.

Since there is so much competition out there, to be successful at business, you have to be obsessed with marketing and business.

If you don’t love learning, you don’t want to grow and make money.

Become obsessed with learning your business and your customer.

Research the best books, classes, Ted Talks, and Podcasts to learn as much as you can.

I used to be a course and book junkie.  I’m learning that to be successful, you have to apply what you learn.

Implementation is the key to success.

4. Find a Mastermind Group

The fourth way to adopt an entrepreneurial mindset to find a mastermind group. This will be a game changer in your business.

What is a mastermind?

A mastermind group offers a combination of peer brainstorming, accountability, and support in a group setting to create the success you desire.

If you have a ton of ideas swimming around in your head, a mastermind group will help you develop a strategic plan to create a realistic game plan and hold you accountable for your work

 The requirements are hard but necessary to push you out of your comfort zone.

Budgets can be small when first starting.  Mastermind groups are much cheaper than obtaining a personal business coach. You may even find some free ones. Groups should be small and intimate but in your chose niche.

 It will get uncomfortable. When you’re uncomfortable, know you are on the right track.

5.  Implementation is Key

The fifth way to adopt an entrepreneurial mindset is to implement what you learn.

I am a course junkie. I have tons of courses that I’ve looked at and never applied a single thing to my blog or business. That. Is. Sad. My blog isn’t where it should be.

Here’s why. Lack of implementation.  What’s the point of taking courses, joining a mastermind, and reading books if you’re not going to apply what you’ve learned?

Once I began implementing the small things, I noticed a change in my writing and blog.

To be successful, you must implement what you learn.  If you think the step is too small, implement. If you feel the step if frivolous, implement. If you think you’ve done it before, implement.

 Successful entrepreneurs implement what they learn. There’s no way around it.

6. Expect the Unexpected

The sixth way to adopt an entrepreneurial mindset is to be ready for anything.

This shouldn’t need saying but if you are a business owner, anything can and will happen.  Sometimes you’ll be prepared, and sometimes you can’t be. It’s impossible to know everything that’ll happen. I mean what’s the fun in that.

Use these opportunities for growth. Growth comes from the ability to adjust. It will also sharpen your skills as a business owner.

Don’t shy away from trouble. Use it to learn how you can avoid the mistake again.

7. Define What Success Means to You

The seventh way to adopt an entrepreneurial mindset is to define what success means to you.

Every entrepreneur views success differently.

Some want to make an extra $500 per month to bring in extra money; some want to ditch their full-time job for a full-time business. There’s no wrong or right. Do what’s right for you.  Don’t let another person define it.

Define your values and create a roadmap that will get you there.  Business owners who reach their income goals will sometimes consider themselves unsuccessful because they never knew their why, lost their why or lost their value. 

Remember, you are creating a life you want to love, not what anyone else wants you to love. That to me is a success.  

7. Ignore the Critics

The seventh way to adopt an entrepreneurial mindset is to ignore your critics.

Negative comments and reactions will come from people all around you. Your family may not support you. Your friends may think you’re crazy. Not everyone will believe in your dream.

Although the lack of support and negative comments attempt to discourage you, keep working. I’ve learned that Negative Nancy’s are secretly envious that you are following your dreams. More often than not those people don’t have any aspirations of their own.

I’ve personally had people tell me, my business idea was silly but who cares? My husband supports my dream. More importantly, I believe in my vision.

Find your tribe. Surround yourself with like-minded people. Those who set goals surround themselves with other goal setters.

Eventually, the loud critics will disappear in your rearview mirror.

What happens when you adopt an entrepreneurial mindset?

Changing your mindset will change your life; your business will succeed; your income will grow; you’ll silence your critics, and you’ll be proud of you.