One of the biggest benefits of building a community, besides literally solving problems, helping people, is connecting. You connect ideas, you connect with people, people connect with you. And there’s a huge learning context, if that’s important to you.
In an one year period I connected and still communicated with great EE members. I won’t name anyone. You know who you are. I am super thankful for that. And I want to start by saying it. All online educators admit it. By teaching others, you learn a lot more than you give from the people you are serving. If you want to take value from this people, all you have to do is being active here.
But the story I want to bring you today its coming from another place. One of my mentors, Tom Bellinson, the person from whom I took some of the most precious entrepreneurial advices in the last year, first opened the discussion on being or not being an entrepreneur. Then Gary Vaynerchuk reopened the discussion for me.
So, I am asking all of us, are we entrepreneurs or we are just using entrepreneurship wishing that will fulfill our dreams? Are you in love about being an entrepreneur or you just don’t see any other alternatives? You just don’t want to have a job? Y
Same goes with art or any other field you can think of. Imagine a painter being forced to paint, while he or she hates that. Top performers are those who entered 100% in want they were doing, by learning, training and doing every day. For years. I remember one of the speeches about growing businesses I took part to. Wrote down lots of notes about strategies I could use, but for hours my brain was thinking about the introduction speaker made, about the importance of being a top performer, about taking responsibility 100%.
1. What an entrepreneur should do anyway? (a short list)
- Loving being an entrepreneur
- Taking 100% responsibility for a long marathon
- Knowing the business model in a way that can be explained to a 5 years old
- Establishing the vision
- Not being attached to the business idea, but to what his niche wants/ needs. Learning and improving based on the market response
- Validating the idea through sales and pivoting 2-3-4-5 times if needed
- Building systems and fantastic teams, while detaching from the business
- Admitting he/ she doesn’t know everything and empowering the team to do so
- Focusing the team on the importance of creating perceptible value and making sales
- Constantly educating himself/ herself and the team and applying those principles
- Being ready to fail, learn from that and continue
2. Personal questions:
- Who am I in this world, besides a certain activity I am doing or a context? What do I want to do at a personal level and why?
- What do I love to do and what am I good at? What are my strengths, weaknesses and threats? What I really want and can do in a certain business? What am I competent at? How and when will I start delegate everything else to my team?
- Do I have a higher cause besides making money? While working on that cause, are the business systems in place? Is the team happy, productive and growing?
- Do I really love being an entrepreneur or I am just using this for my own dreams and desires?
The purpose of this article is not saying you shouldn’t be an entrepreneur. It is about doing something because you love that as a process and want that in your life, not because of the outcome it can give you.
And if you decide to be an entrepreneur, it is absolutely important to know that entrepreneurs are systems and team builders and not freelancers that wear 100 hats in a day, while they do everything inside the business.
3. Business related questions:
- Do I really understand how I can make money? Am I making money? How can I make more, while still being me?
- What business am I are really in?
- How can I offer more perceptible value?
- What does my niche wants/ needs? What problem do I really solve? How can I help and make change?
- How can I gain attention and trust from my ideal client, so I can make more sales?
- What’s missing in my business and why? How can I immediately change that? Am I powerful enough to do that?
- Am I lifting the business and team up or am I bringing them down? In any case, how can I do things better?
- Decide if you love being an entrepreneur or not and take responsibility for how will you feel on a daily basis
- Don’t lie yourself about the state you are in. Know specifically who you are and who you are not. Know your strengths and constantly act on them (and only them) and let your team do the rest
- Don’t be romantic. Detache of your business/ idea. The market doesn’t care about that. The market cares about itself. A Business is a Money Machine
Please scroll a little bit and use the comments section. I want us to communicate and learn from each other.
- What do you think an entrepreneur should do?
- What are some hugely important questions to be answered before and after actually being an entrepreneur?