The Employee vs Entrepreneur Mindset… and this is so critical! You're building your business and chances are (if you're like most people I work with), you might have brought some of the employee mindsets from corporate America or your previous job. This might be holding you back more than you know!
But first... Welcome to The Path To Mindset Mastery! My name is Brad Bizjack! I’m a Mindset Strategist and Coach, inspirational speaker, and creator of Appreciation Academy and I help online business owner’s breakthrough all the negative self-talk holding you back from your dreams so you can finally see the success you deserve! This is the weekly spot to break through everything that’s holding you back from the life you really want!
So, let’s get into it! I’m giving you scenarios and I want you to ask yourself… do you tend to go employee or entrepreneur mindset in each scenario?
#1) How do you feel when you encounter successful people?
Employees tend to be threatened by successful people.
Entrepreneurs are inspired by successful people.
People with an employee mindset see other people's success and they see it as they can't be successful because that person is successful. They're threatened by it! They're worried by it! They think that they're not enough because of it and it holds them back from going after their big dreams and goals. If you apply that mindset to building a business, it's under the belief that there's only one position available for someone to get.
Does that make any sense? No!
In entrepreneurship, people want each other to be successful. There is unlimited success available for everyone. There's an abundant amount of wealth out there, but if you're threatened by successful people, it's almost like you're competing for that promotion, right? There's one spot available as an employee, but as an entrepreneur, you realize that everyone can be successful. Everyone can be successful!
#2) Do you believe in work-life balance or do you believe in work-life integration?
Employees think “What can I do to make sure that I get home and have time with the people that I love?” (and there's nothing wrong with that). It’s a beautiful thing! It's amazing to want to balance your life with your work. I love it! There's nothing wrong with that, but do you enjoy checking… “How much vacation time do I have?!”
That’s not my dream. That’s an employee mindset. Entrepreneurs believe in work-life integration with entrepreneurship. Let’s say you’re really excited about what you’re creating… then your ‘work’ isn’t something you need to escape from. Do you need to take time to unplug? Absolutely! It's important to go on vacation. It's important to take time away, but entrepreneurs will take their families and lives and integrate it into their business.
Entrepreneurs see their business in seasons. While you’re building your business, this will be the season when your business might be a priority above all or most things (even above relationships). Then once you’ve launched your product, course, then you’re in a different season of entrepreneurship and you can make your relationships a priority and you won’t be working as much!
Entrepreneurs will prioritize a certain amount of time that is needed to get the job done. I believe in prioritizing things, giving them the appropriate amount of time that this is an important season.
#3) Are you risk-averse or pro-risk?
Employees tend to avoid failure. Entrepreneurs will go after failure because they're pro-risk. They want to learn from their mistakes and they see their mistakes as a good thing. In fact, if you see entrepreneurs that seem to just win and win and win and win, and you don't know why it's because when they fail, they bounce back (so fast!) They do fail consistently, and they learn from it and they grow!
If you're trying to build a successful business with a risk-averse mindset, you're not going to get to where you want to go. It's so important to be pro-risk with entrepreneurship because what's the likelihood that 100% of what you do is going to work? 0% chance of that! The only way to get to where you want to go is to try things, to make educated guesses, and see how it pans out.
Success in life is the result of good judgment. Good judgment is usually the result of experience. Experience is usually the result of bad judgment. – Tony Robbins
#4) Do you focus on doing a ‘good’ job or do you try to go above and beyond?
Employees do a good job and entrepreneurs have a standard of excellence! They're going after success with everything they can. Not perfection, but really really well.
#5) Do you multitask or focus on one thing at a time?
Employees multitask, entrepreneurs focus on one thing at a time.
If you have an employee mindset (chances are) you’re trying to get a bunch of things done, so you can go home for the night! So, you spend most of your time feeling like you’re not getting ahead. Entrepreneurs study productivity; they study productivity like it's their freaking job. They focus on one thing at a time because they realize when they do more than one thing at a time, it's not getting their full attention (and therefore it won't be as successful).
#6) Do you prefer to do it yourself or delegate?
Employees need to do it themselves. Entrepreneurs will delegate.
Employees want to make sure and get it done themselves. “This is my job. I'm going to get it done.”
Entrepreneurs delegate. They see the value in their time. So, take a look at how you’re spending your time. Obviously, in the beginning of your entrepreneurial journey, you might not have the funds to delegate out to an assistant, but I highly recommend that you get to that point very, very soon! Take a leap of faith because you can't afford not to delegate tasks when you are living out of your field of excellence.
#7) Do you focus on improving your weaknesses or improving your strengths?
Employees try to improve on their weaknesses, so they don't get fired. Entrepreneurs laser in on improving their strengths.
The focus of entrepreneurs is getting better at what they're already great at.
If I am good at speaking, I am taking courses and seminars on how to be a better speaker.
If I am good at selling, I'm taking courses and seminars on how to sell.
If I am good at online marketing, I'm taking courses and seminars on how to market online.
#8) Are you a perfectionist or do you tend to fail forward?
Employees tend to be perfectionists. Entrepreneurs tend to fail forward.
The reason for this is because there is a fear of failure with employees. Employees are wondering, “Am I doing it right? How will I be judged as an employee?!”
Think about life… growing up, you are trained to be an employee. You're trained not to fail in the classroom. If you get a bad grade on a test, you failed! You're told to sit down and shut up and follow the rules. That's what you're trained to do in the classroom, but in life…you need to CELEBRATE EVERYTHING. The victories AND the failures. Celebrate the crap out of both!!
So, take a look at this list and honestly tell yourself, do you have an employee mindset OR an entrepreneurial mindset?! Where do you need to shift your mindset??
If you want to succeed as an entrepreneur, it's going to take thinking like an entrepreneur. You need to be the person you want to become before you have success as that person. That's what it's going to take!
Bring awareness to what your mindset is right now and see where you need to switch the flip!
My name is Brad Bizjack.
Remember to go out there today and every day and live your life with a genuine smile on your face. You are literally one mindset shift away from doing that. I'll see you next week!