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Employee Entrepreneur Mindset – Which One Do You Have?

What I want to talk to you about today is something that gets a lot of conversation and is tossed around a lot. That is the Employee versus Entrepreneur mindset. The problem as I see it though is that most times this topic is discussed it is not a conversation that is used to enlighten people about the different ways of thinking, but to look to convince someone what the right way of thinking is. How they should think. How they should act. What they should do. It`s usually in a manner to convince them to buy or sign up for something. Have you been there before?

To me that isn`t the point of the Employee Entrepreneur Mindset discussion; why? Because not everyone is meant to be an entrepreneur and not everyone is meant to be an employee! Plain and simple! The thousands of businesses that exist today could not exist if everyone wanted to be an entrepreneur and run their own business. Conversely there has to be some entrepreneurs to start the businesses to create products and services and the livelihoods that go along with them.

What I’d like to do today is simply walk through the basics of the Employee Entrepreneur Mindset discussion and ask you questions along the way. Not questions about signing up for something, or buying something, no, just questions about do you really know what mindset you have? Or what it is that you are looking for.

I read an article today that discussed how entrepreneurs are born the way they are. That it can’t be learned, it can’t be taught, and it has to be an instinct! I am a very well read individual and that means that I’m not always going to read things that I agree with. This is one of those cases. While I agree that there are different types of entrepreneurs with different skill sets and instincts, I do not think it is something that can’t be taught. The author in my opinion, contradicted himself by saying, the “entrepreneurial instinct can be a latent one, and awoken upon seeing someone else using the skill.” To me, that is being enlightened, being educated and coming to terms with the fact that you want to be an entrepreneur. To close out my point, according to the author, mathematicians are born with the ability to differentiate second order differential equations. It is just in the years of Calculus courses that awakens their “latent” ability! Ya right! Steph Korey

I digress and know that you can learn to be an entrepreneur as I am living proof that it can be done. Once an engineer in the automotive industry, yes I had my “latent” ability to differentiate second order differential equations awoken somewhat reluctantly over the years, I now run a very successful multi-national organization that I have built over the past 6 years. Did I have the skills I needed? No. I learned those. Did I have the desire, and I think this is where that author made a slight mistake, it’s the desire that can’t be taught. That is the burning in your belly that motivates you to do what it takes to get the job done, regardless if you are an employee or entrepreneur. When my engineering career wasn’t getting the job done for me personally, I made the switch and here I am. Enough about me though, the question is what do you want? Do you want to be an employee or entrepreneur?

For some people the thought of being an entrepreneur scares them, where others it confuses them. It confuses them as they really don’t know what being an entrepreneur means. Simply put an entrepreneur is term applied to a person who is willing to launch a new venture or enterprise and accept full responsibility for the outcome. Sounds simple right but let me tell you don’t under estimate the simplicity of that definition.

What are the criteria that you should use to understand if becoming an entrepreneur is really what you want to do? As an individual who has gone through this change already, and having helped many others do the same thing, the following 5 items are what I feel are the key factors you should look at:

 

 

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