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5 Mental Shifts You Need to Make to Become an Entrepreneur

Want to become a successful entrepreneur? Get your mind right first.


If you want to become successful in the world of business, it's going to take a lot of hard
work, useful skills, relationships, determination, and mental fortitude.

You have to force yourself to become comfortable with the discomfort of risking failure
(because you will crash and burn sometimes), taking harsh criticism, and constantly
releasing your creations into the world before they feel "ready." Your mentality, and ability to
roll with the punches to keep pushing forward, will greatly determine your level of success
as an entrepreneur.
Through my personal experiences and interviews with top entrepreneurs, I've come to
recognize five mental shifts that every successful entrepreneur decides to make early on in
their careers.

1. Never Stop Building Your Strengths


Today's top entrepreneurs got to where they're at by being the best (or at least damn good)
at what they do. They're focused intensely on discovering their true strengths very early on,
and relentlessly build upon them.

In fact, most successful entrepreneurs actively outsource, hire help, or completely avoid
doing tasks that aren't within their core skill set. They know that the more time they spend
doing only what they're best at (and investing in building up those strengths), the higher their
chance of success.

2. Learn to Say "No" Often


How well you allocate your time, especially in the beginning phases of growing your
business, will have a huge impact upon how quickly and effectively you'll be able to scale
the company. Think about it this way: If time is your most precious resource, the way you
need to allocate it, is essentially by choosing to do only the highest-impact activities that can
move your business the furthest toward your goals.

I actively turn down opportunities for my own business, even ones that are seemingly
great, because they either aren't aligned with my core goals right now, or don't outrank my
current priorities in terms of immediate positive business impact. Become methodical about
how you use your time and don't allow others to shift your focus.

3. Failure Isn't Real


If you want to truly become successful in the world of business, you're going to have a whole
lot of learning experiences, disguised as temporary failures.

The sooner you can train yourself to realize that there's no such thing as real failure, the
quicker you'll embrace the fact that you have very little to lose by putting your creations out
into the world before they feel ready. You're going to learn an incredible amount about
yourself, your target customers, and the process of creating products and services by just
launching. Don't worry about failure, you'll have the chance to improve upon your first
iterations soon enough.
4. You're in Control of How You Define Success
The word, "success" in business is most commonly associated with becoming a millionaire,
selling the company you founded in your college dorm room for billions of dollars, or landing
on the cover of Entrepreneur Magazine.

I'd argue, however, that success actually has nothing to do with any of these three common
goals. In my opinion, the true measure of success in business is how much you're able to
use your skills and strengths to help others. All other measures by which success is
commonly defined, are purely vanity metrics.

5. Invest in Your Relationships


Continuing the theme that true success is defined by how many people you can measurably
help within your lifetime, there's one final, crucial element to your success as an
entrepreneur: The genuine, meaningful relationships you build with people will reward you
for years to come.