5 Ways to Change From Employee to Entrepreneurial Mindset

Before I started my company, I had moved through life living someone else’s dream and vision. I was an employee, a follower, and I lived in that mindset for much of my life. I’d worked for other people who had followed their own dreams and started their own businesses. Hell, at one point I was even told by someone how excited they were that I was their retirement plan. I want you to stop and think about that for a moment: as employees, we’re someone else’s retirement plan.
When I first started my company, I thought it was going to be easy. I’d spent 20 years of my life in sales, and I had a message that people wanted to hear. I believed I was going to jump into my business and things would fall into place. What I didn’t understand was that I had spent my entire career as an employee, and if I wanted to rock my business, I needed to shift my entire mindset to fit in with my new role.
Even then, I continued the same patterns. I created more work for myself while continuing business develop and administrative tasks. I felt like a clown juggling a bunch of spinning plates, and I wasn’t achieving any of my own goals. I’d put in what seemed like endless hours half-assing my work. Finally, I ended up stressing myself to the point of making myself sick.

“I think anything is possible if you have the mindset and the will and desire to do it and put the time in.”  – Roger Clemens

Once I realized what I was doing wrong, I decided to change up my mindset and become the entrepreneur I knew I was meant to be. You see, quitting your job and starting up your business is just the first step to being an entrepreneur. You need to prepare yourself mentally, to shift your mindset from that of an employee to one that allows you to not just build a business but also build the life you truly desire.

This probably seems a bit intimidating, and it can be, especially after spending so much of your life as an employee. Here are five things I found to be helpful when it came to changing my mindset to that of an entrepreneur.

Set a vision for your business

What is your ultimate goal for your life and business? I wanted to help a million people build businesses that would  give them freedom. To do that, I only needed to help 10,000 people who in turn help 100 people each. Your new mindset needs to focus on specific, strategic goals that includes an overall vision for your company as well as a plan for how you’ll reach that goal. Don’t get comfortable in the present, and don’t live in the past. In order to truly grow, you need to allow yourself to stay focused on your future and what you want it to look like.

Set a series of milestones

Each milestone I set was built on creating ways to reach 10,000 people.

  • The first was my podcast, Success Champion, and how I could grow my audience base.
  • The second was to build a Facebook group of 500 engaged people that were all aiming to helping others grow their businesses.
  • The third was to open masterminds for business owners to collaborate and grow their businesses together.
  • The fourth was to build an online course, Becoming A Champion, so I could help even more people.
  • The fifth is a still-in-progress magazine to be launched later this year.
  • The sixth is a live event which is also in the works.

Think about the most efficient ways you can reach your target audience and clients to build your business. What plan can you put in place now to start reaching those milestones?

Outsource the little things

Outsource little things in your business that you’re either not great at doing or that don’t make you money. You should be focused on building, not just maintaining. The first things I outsourced were writing, operations and administrations, automated tasks, and some of my social media marketing. This ended up being a breath of fresh air that allowed me to pour more of myself into building my business and scaling my income.

Create processes that work for you

If you don’t have the proper processes in place, you’ll never stop spinning your wheels. The right processes allow you to consistently move your business forward. Every single piece of my business has a process: the podcast, the Facebook group, the mastermind, and the online course. My company has evolved into a series of processes that keep it moving forward and keep me from having to invest more time and money without equal return.

Surround yourself with like-minded people

Finally, surround yourself with others who think like you. I don’t necessarily mean those who have the same political beliefs or religion. I mean other people who share your energy, vibe, passion, and ambition. Those people will help you through the days when you may feel stuck, and will be there to act as sounding boards for your ideas. There’s a saying among many entrepreneurs that I feel fits perfectly into this step: “You can’t soar with the eagles when you’re hanging with the turkeys.” It’s the truth! So get out there and meet new people who lift you up, then pay it forward by doing the same for someone else.

If you want to break free from the endless hours of work with no gain, don’t keep putting it off. Set out to be the best business owner you can and don’t let anyone or anything hold you back. The first step is to become an entrepreneur mentally. Shift away from the employee mindset. Stop thinking that you have to do everything. And get ready to play big, do things that scare you, and unleash the badass within you.

You’re reading this blog right now because you’re ready to step up and be the badass you dream of being. And you’ve got this. I have faith in you, and you should too. I see that inner badass  trying to come out. Now it’s time to rip off the duct tape wrapped around your spirit and Run Like Hell.

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