Improve as an Entrepreneur in 5 Steps

Improve as an Entrepreneur in 5 Steps

By Kevin Clarke Posted on August

Deciding to build it on your own and display your ideas to the world is generally one of the most challenging decisions one can make. It takes true guts to walk the path of the entrepreneur.

Many fall to the way side and don’t make it. For those who do, the journey is about constant progress because, when it comes to working it all out, entrepreneurs take the lead. They’re the ones making the big decisions and steering that great tank of innovation into uncharted territories.

The internet is teaming with the best ways to become an entrepreneur, the top books to read for entrepreneurs, and the best things entrepreneurs didn’t know about becoming entrepreneurs.

But finding ways to stay on point and remain focus can be challanging. If you’re in the game already, how do you aim to be the ultimate version of your entrepreneurial self?

Below, is a list of five ways that you can improve as an entrepreneur starting today. These suggestions are just broad generalisations; they’re complete with action tips that you can do right now to up your game and stay on point.

Five steps to Improve as an Entrepreneur

1. Reframe the way you think about failure.

If you’ve positioned yourself as an entrepreneur, then you know sometimes things don’t always go as you have planned them. Looking at the things of failure, there are more minor setbacks and then there are major problems–the failures are generally loss of focus or things that you have no control over. In many cases, failure can be recognised as self sabotage, thoughts that you wonder if you’ll make it through the challenges. Instead of deciding to let those things crush you, take control and reframe the way you think about them. Failure happens to everyone, its inevitable. You can choose to see it as an important moment in your story when you learned to pivot and move in a new direction. When we reframe the way we think about failure, we take control of our own personal narratives and write the story of our success.

"There is no such thing as failure, just feedback" Kevin Clarke

Action Step You Can Do Right Now: Google “Top blogs then [type in your niche here].” Follow one you’ve never heard of. Then, Google “Top blogs in [a niche so outside of your typical scope you couldn’t even name a central player in it].” Subscribe to the one that catches your eye first. 

2. Don’t pigeonhole your creative process.

Everyone has a different work pattern and, through trial and error, we tend to discover the way that work works best for us. Once we find that routine, we can enter into a flow state where productivity just happens. However, this same gift can be a curse as well as a blessing. Routine can become the enemy of all creativity, new ideas and ways of doing stuff. rather than getting stuck, switch things up. Throw in a new activity into your daily routine. Don’t expect anything to just happen at first. Just let yourself be present and the ideas and fresh thoughts will come to you when you least expect them.

Action Step You Can Do Right Now: Grab a notebook and a few colored pens. Date the top of the page and start writing, doodling, and coloring away. The goal isn’t to come up with a new idea or process. The goal is to make your brain work in a new way.

3. Expect hard work.

Some entrepreneurs think that, once they put in the time up front, they will be able to fly into wealth and riches. Most of the time, this is not the case. Being an entrepreneur is hard work from day one. If you expect it to get easier, you will grow misarable towards yourself and others. It is important to plan for the hustle and trust the process. You chose the entrepreneur life, and now you must make the choice to live it to the full. 

Action Step You Can Do Right Now: Cancel your holiday plans. Just joking. But in all seriousness, cancel the one thing on your calendar right now that is not neccesary and block out that time for some serious work. 

Action Step You Can Do Right Now: Think back to the last failure, can be anything small or big, that really upset you. Take five minutes to list five lessons you learned from that setback. Next time you fail, read that list and remember that you are in control of the way you think about your challenges, successes, and disappointments. 

4. Challenge yourself.

Complacency is not healthy for any entrepreneur. Its one of the worst things ever. Complacency has a way of compounding over time. Entrepreneurs are more likely to become complacent when they start breaking through. Maybe you’re making enough money to get by, or you achieved a big goal, and now you’re buzzing  just… waiting. If you stay still too long in this intermittent period, you will fade away, True fact.. Before you get to your destination, make sure you have the next plan ready. Stack up your goals for success and celebrate your wins while planning for the next big one. Always be challenging yourself to do those tough things. 

5. Always keep an eye on the trends.

One thing I considered to be the most important to improve your business game is to always keep an eyeballs on upcoming trends. This doesn’t necessarily mean limiting your insight to just your niche though. Make sure you keep an ear to different things happening in multiple areas. When you open up your lens to different parts of business and keep a finger on the waves of culture, you can start to notice places and pattersn where you can stretch your business and areas where you can pull back, depending on consumer attitudes. Staying up to date will keep you moving forward and enhance your skills. 


Action Step You Can Do Right Now: Sign up for a class you think will be too hard. Just do it. Don’t think about it. Make the commitment and follow through. Push yourself into a new skill set without second guessing your dedication to yourself as an entrepreneur.

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