Thinking Like an Entrepreneur Requires a Reframe of Past Beliefs
Entrepreneurs think differently from everyone else. Maybe you’ve noticed this in your interactions with people from all walks of life. They start by asking questions that no one else asks. For instance, “What’s possible” Or, “What’s missing?”
Non-entrepreneurs ask, “What’s everyone else doing?”
When you ask what’s missing, or what’s possible, then you get powerful answers. You discover needs that you can fill, and which others have overlooked. You see opportunities that others interpret as problems. If it’s “unnatural” for you to be thinking like an entrepreneur right now, then it’s a skill that you’ll need to develop. How do you do that?
The first thing is to believe that you can. Your life isn’t defined by a personality test. You can become what you want to be, but first you have to believe that it’s possible. If you believe that your personality is “carved in stone,” then that’s proof that you need a boss; not that you should be one.
Entrepreneurs are determined to change their world; not conform to someone else’s. My own experience in this arena is not unique. For twenty years I worked as a classroom teacher. I was an employee of the school district and did what I was asked to do, for the most part. When I did have my own ideas or methods I preferred to implement in the classroom, it didn’t take long before I was called in by an administrator to have a short talk about what I was doing.
One time, I was asked just who I thought I was teaching. My answer came immediately when I stated that I was teaching the leaders of tomorrow. I was told that I was incorrect; I was supposed to be teaching people how to follow rules and directions so they could get jobs as a part of the workforce. That was a very sad day for me. Finally, I stopped attempting to implement my own ideas and adhered to the “script” I had been trained on and instructed to deliver. When I felt strongly about not wanting to do this any longer, I made a plan to resign my teaching position.
The second thing you must do is to imagine what you want your world to look like. This isn’t some airy-fairy, whimsical wish. This is you seeing in your mind’s eye what you want to change; how it should be…