Switching on your Entrepreneurial Mindset
January 11, 2017
Inspiration & Growing as an Entrepreneur

You’ve probably seen this popular Apple ad tons of times:

Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They’re not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them. About the only thing you can’t do is ignore them. Because they change things. They push the human race forward. And while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.”

Here’s the thing. If you haven’t felt or acted like a ‘crazy one’ recently, take a sec to think back on the last time you did.

Go on, stretch your mind and think back.

I remember back in school, a buddy and I needed money for the summer break. Most of my friends relied on pocket money, but this wasn’t an option for me. I was desperate. I didn’t want to miss out on all the fun things that were going to cost money. So I started to spray paint house numbers on people’s driveway kerbs for a few bucks. You know, make it easier for others to find your home.

It worked. I didn’t change the world, but I sure did make some cash and had a great summer break

Developing an entrepreneurial mindset is key to getting off struggle street and thriving in life.

Developing an entrepreneurial mindset is key to getting of struggle street and thriving in life. To navigate the changing landscape you need to be able to innovate and whenever you do, you’re switching on your entrepreneurial way of thinking. It’s relatively easy because we’ve all been doing it since we were kids.

So what changed?

Nothing. It’s still there. However we either don’t recognise it, or it’s been switched off by life. That fearless attitude, that innate ability to create and be innovative simply gets beaten out of us. We get comfortable with status quo and life just carries us along; yet in our everyday lives it always finds a way to creep out and make an appearance – a much needed appearance.

Most people tend to look at outcomes – such as starting a business – as what characterises entrepreneurs. But starting a business is only one way that entrepreneurial thinking gets expressed.

Entrepreneurship is a mindset, not a business model.

Having an entrepreneurial mindset is relatively easy. In fact you’ve always had one! The question is – how do you switch it on?

Here’s some help:

  1. Think with questions, not assumptions.
  2. Ideas are a dime a dozen. Come up with solutions.
  3. Back yourself into a corner. Survival is a great motivator!
  4. Deliberately seek out thinking and ideas that collide with your own and help you cut through the noise.
  5. Intentionally surround yourself with people who reflect where you want to go – if they don’t, it’s time to get some new people in your life.

Remember, whenever you step out of the norm, whenever you push against the grain – even in the smallest decisions – you are bringing to life your natural entrepreneurial instincts. It’s that simple.

Being an entrepreneur is not just an option but a necessity to survive and thrive in today’s world.  Take the first step towards your success – switch on your entrepreneurial mindset today and get a little crazy.

This week’s takeaway:

Entrepreneurial thinking is what takes you from struggle street to thriving in this world…what will you do this week to switch it on?

Raymond Jourdan

Raymond Jourdan

Life is an adventure. No day is the same. Each day presents new challenges and with it new opportunities.

When living in India and working amongst those suffering from extreme poverty, I learn’t that being an entrepreneur was more about survival than anything else, and it’s that innate survival instinct that sparks innovation.

For the poor it's do or die. For many of us however it’s simply the comfort of accepting whatever life hands us. However, today the ability to deliberately design your life and reality is greater than anytime in history.

To start any great thing starts with asking the right questions. We all want to achieve something, but do we know what? We all want success, but do we know what that looks like? Do you think knowing would help?

Mindsets are powerful. They colour your view of the world and frame the way you respond to opportunities and challenges. Whenever you innovate, no matter how small the innovation, you are embracing your natural instinct to make something better. Let the inner entrepreneur rise to the occasion a little more often, and you might just find yourself making better decisions, doing life better. At home, at work, everyday.

You can read more of my musings on business and life at raymondjourdan.com