Don’t be fooled, Entrepreneurship isn’t Personality

abex_img1The prevailing notion of the entrepreneur is the go-getter, fast-talking, outgoing, people-person who shrewdly cuts deals. This person is usually an extrovert, hardly an introvert. For many, they’re unable to describe the art of entrepreneurship beyond this personality trait.

This is a costly misconception.

At the core of entrepreneurship are principles and policies that will help anyone build business systems. I repeat: anyone – quiet, loud, calm, or in-between personality – anyone.

Fortunately, we have enough proof in the corporate world to confirm that successful entrepreneurs come in every personality trait imaginable. They all thrive because each one, personality irrespective, found the principles that make business work.

Every pilot knows that they have to comply with the laws of aerodynamics to enable them fly. Likewise, entrepreneurs have to adhere to the principles of entrepreneurship and the laws of money in order to succeed.

The principles make the professional. That’s the real deal, not personality. No doubt, it helps to have certain personal qualities to help you; however, professional endeavors are built on laws and principles.

As you refine your personality, find the laws that govern entrepreneurship, apply them and success won’t discriminate.

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Should Every Idea Be Sold?

Forming Attachments Layers Merged 750My first book will never be published.

It’s a manuscript of over 34000 words written within a 30day burst of inspiration – many years ago. It was my first attempt at a full-length book and I don’t want it commercialized. It’s for me, not the public.

At first, I thought I wanted it published, but later realized that I didn’t want to share it. Apparently, this behavior isn’t unusual; creative minds – writers, artists and songwriters – experience it.

The Vault is where the profusely creative singer/songwriter, Prince, stores some of his works. BBC reported that, “…if Prince was to die tomorrow, he has so much unreleased music, he could release an album a year for the next 100years…” He records and simply puts them away.

What’s his plan? We’re not sure. He’s in no hurry to make them public – we may never hear the works. But the songs are finished and kept away.

In the creative process, you’ll discover ideas that are just for you and for some reason you feel no pressure to share. It’s okay to share these ideas when you’re ready and if you don’t want to, it’s fine.

Say it: “I Was Wrong”

contemporary-artworkIn certain communities, getting older means that you’re supposed to know ‘everything’- it’s an unwritten rule, a common notion.

It’s worse if you’re an elder or a leader, folks get shocked if you show that you don’t know – you’re expected to know. It’s shameful not to know.

Sadly, the ‘know-all’ attitude doesn’t work well with people today. Folks are smarter, more sophisticated and exposed than you think – and can easily call you out on your bullshit. It’s hard to manipulate people these days; they see right through your act.

Hence, if for some reason you were wrong, made a poor judgment, messed up or missed it in anyway, your best bet would be to own up and admit you were out of line.

As a CEO, it’s now harder to lord it over your management team. In the 21st century, effective leadership entails that you get comfortable with admitting your mistakes and then seeking ways to make amends.

You don’t know it all – not even with Google at your disposal. On that note, you’ll make mistakes; we all know that you will – and that’s OK!

Do I Follow My Dreams Or Keep My Real Job?

Van-Gogh-Paintings-10Or: Are you living in fear?

That’s the real question.

Fear is a dominant factor in the life of many adults and its power to regulate decisions and actions is profound.

I’m not entirely for the ‘just-do-it’ school of thought because sometimes you have to scheme your way out of certain limitations in order to step into your dream. Neither am I for over-planning; there are times you just have to jump in. Rather, my concern is this: is fear keeping you where you are?

Fear can make you quit a great job and pursue your dream at the wrong time. Also, it can make you stay too long on your job and miss the right timing for your goals.

So for now, you probably need a job – stay the course and do great work. Or, it’s time to follow your dream – then make the moves. But don’t stay anywhere due to fear and if you are, start plotting your way out.

Fear is blinding, but once you assess and confront it, you’ll start to see exactly what you’re supposed to do.

Value The Process, Enjoy The Journey

Blue-Abstract-painting-by-Simon-Brushfield1Life is rooted in processes. Every aspect is intended to go through stages. We start as babies, then grow and evolve.

Likewise, our ideas are subject to processes. You think it, and then you’re thrown into a tunnel of mixed rationales. You plan, meet people, seek resources, start, almost fail, fail, start again, barely succeed, eventually succeed, start again…get a new idea… and every step is designed to grow an aspect of your mind.

While going through the motion, it’s easy for entrepreneurs to get fixated on the struggles and pain of birthing an idea and that’s not the point.

This is:

The process of an idea is designed to make you better – someone who increases in quality – in an area. Folks who understand this embrace the process because the reward is worth the pain.

The successful is frequently asked for the secrets to success. That’s easy: process! The ups, downs, small and medium wins, setbacks, fights, big wins, joys, sorrows…the unique cocktail that life gives each one.

Richard Branson’s process is the real secret to his success. Oprah Winfrey, President Barrack Obama, Anthony Robbins, Warren Buffet…YOU! Everyone is made by process.

The Value of a Day

Abstract-Art-masterpieceTwenty-four hours is the equalizer – that’s all everyone gets.

At the risk of sounding cliché: our lives play out in the context of a day and the outcomes represent the degree to which we value our time.

Also, each day brings you closer to (or takes you further from) your goals. This is a negligible, but crucial fact and only those who pay attention enjoy its benefits.

So how’s it working for you? Are you getting closer to your dreams or are they drifting away?

I won’t bother you with time management rhetoric. However, I would like to help you assess the direction that your days would eventually take you. Is it a destination that you would ultimately enjoy?

The effect of a day is subtle. The days add up slowly and suddenly you’re in debt, overweight, rich, etc. It goes almost unnoticed and you find yourself asking: how did I get here?

Are you conscious or alive to your day’s flow? You don’t have to plan a perfect day, but you can be proactive in aligning your days with your goals.

Forget The Hype: Avoid This Stupid Aspect of Entrepreneurship

ForgetTheHypeThe picture of a successful entrepreneur with a large smile on the cover of Forbes magazine is the media’s serving. “She built a billion dollar company in just five years”, are the stories that we see. But are they the true picture?

The downside to this culture is the entrepreneur’s belief that hype is what building a great business is all about.

It’s common for entrepreneurs to paint a picture of what they’re not in order to drive the numbers. They think an inflated ego will replace the principles of good business practice.

Hype is the entrepreneur’s disease.

How do I know this?

I’ve been there.

I know what it means to put up a colorful corporate front with little substance to back it. After awhile, it hurts your competence and you’re unable to move to higher levels because you lack the credibility. It sucks!

My advice: do great business. Focus on the principles, practices and policies of good entrepreneurship.

Hype has its place in product and brand awareness, but it’s not the essence of business. An entrepreneur who’s drunk on hype spells disaster. It’s not a good sign.