Avoid These 7 Negative Attitudes As An Entrepreneur

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Avoid These 7 Negative Attitudes As An EntrepreneurSuccess is all about attitude, there’s no denying it. The attitude you have toward opportunities, toward struggles, towards life… It’s involved during the process of making your life filled with happiness and success. So it’s not surprising that there are multiple negative attitudes people have acquired towards success over the years, mostly because they haven’t yet succeeded.

Is your attitude towards success a positive one?

These bad and negative attitudes that I’m talking about, develop within many different aspects of success. Some people develop bad attitudes over time because they haven’t gotten to the position they want to be in yet in life, and it seems out of their grasp.

But on the other side of the fence, there are those that have become very successful in life, but it’s gotten to their head and they attitude has shifted over time from good to bad. And that’s not good, definitely not in the long run.

Here are 7 negative attitudes to avoid if you want to be successful.

Greed 

Greed is one of those negative attitudes people have normally after they become relatively successful. The money and power goes to their head, which eventually leads to them chasing more of it and completely disregarding their original goals. It’s happens all the time in business, and more often than not they end up destroying themselves because of it.

Sure, you can naturally be greedy, a lot of people are. That’s why you’ll see thousands of people every year start businesses with nothing but dollar signs in their eyes. They want the money, they want the power, but they have no passion for helping others. So greed is definitely a negative attitude people have potentially both before and after achieving success in their lives.

The first two goals people have involve money and power. What’s your third goal? Forget the first two and focus on that one.

Over-Confident

Don’t get me wrong here, confidence is very important in absolutely everything you do. Confidence can be the key to success, but over-confidence? That can be a detriment.

Having an over-confident attitude can leave people open to weak points in themselves and their business, that they haven’t even considered as being weak yet. If you’re overly-confident in that your business or your knowledge is perfect, you’re unable to work on your own weaknesses and areas where you can improve (There will be at least one area always).

It’s important to still consider areas where you can improve, and always be improving, rather than neglect it because you think you’ve already covered it completely. No matter what it may be, every little detail pushes you one step closer to success.

Impatient

I should have mentioned in the intro that some of these attitudes can actually bring positive outcomes in certain circumstances. 90% of the time people just won’t use those mental attitudes for their advantages, unfortunately. When you think about it, impatience can be just as good a mindset as patience can be.

When you’re naturally impatient, you have a tendency to get things done far more quickly than anybody else would. The only downside is that without self-control we can often then turn this into a huge disadvantage for ourselves because we skimp on quality just to tick things off as being complete.

The other downside of impatience is that people who have this ‘quality’, are the people who tend to go flat out at work for the first month or two, and then give up on the third.

Can you relate to this? So can I. That’s why impatience needs to be kept an eye on.

Being Stubborn

I mentioned impatience as being both a positive and negative attitude people have towards success, and in many ways, stubbornness is very similar. Starting with the less focused on, yet positive attitude, stubbornness means people are harder to crack when others try to tell them things can’t be done. They won’t have any of it.

If you’re a stubborn person, as I can definitely be at times, then you’ll know that once you’re set on doing something you’ll do it. It doesn’t matter who tells you it’s impossible, that it can’t be done, you still believe it can be.

The downside, being that stubborn people are far less likely to take others’ advice, or even want other people’s help. It also has the potential to leave people narrow minded and unable to see past what they may be focusing on, which in itself can be both an advantage and disadvantage.

It perhaps gives people greater focus, but less visibility on any opportunities that may present themselves.

Being Lazy

I see laziness featured a lot in success and self-development blogs, why wouldn’t it be? Laziness allows ideas to remain ideas and never turn into actions. Being lazy takes no effort; literally none at all. That’s why it’s easy to be lazy and why so many people naturally are.

Although, if you ever want to get anywhere near what you’d call success in life, then laziness is the first negative attitude to sort out, above all others. Success takes hard work and you’re probably not that hard working if you think you’re lazy.

Why do you think 20% of all the self-development and success articles you read address laziness?

Because it’s something you probably need to address too!

Disbelief

You’ll notice, that up until now none of the attitudes listed really serve as a mental block for people not being able or not wanting to move in the direction of success.

That’s where disbelief comes in. What with only a small percentage of people in the world becoming abnormally successful, and a large percentage that put in a lot of effort and still don’t make it, it can be difficult to actually believe that you can do it.

The important thing to remember is that some of the most successful people in the world came from backgrounds where most people thought it could never be done, until they had the believe to find out for themselves. Arnold Schwarzenegger is a classic example, coming from a small village in Austria, becoming a world champion bodybuilder was almost deemed out of the question.

Even then, he went on to star in world famous movies against all odds and people’s opinions, and then even further to become the governor of California. Schwarzenegger was only the second foreign person in history to become governor.

Have the belief, that anything is possible.

Ignorance

Ignorance, laziness and stubbornness are all negative attitudes people have that link together closely. If you’re lazy, you’ll be ignorant. If you’re stubborn, you’ll be ignorant.

The ignorance people sometimes have towards achieving success, is costly. When it comes to success, you can’t ignore anything. All options have to be considered and every stage of any process has to be carried out. Some people don’t plan much, because they don’t think it’s necessary and so they ignore it, which leaves them open to potential questions and scenarios that they’re unable to answer and navigate their way through.

And just like stubbornness, we might sometimes ignore people and the ideas they have for us, because we think we know better. Which is unfortunate, because like-minded people are your greatest aids in climbing up the ladder of success. They can help you step up your game.

These are all negative attitudes people have towards success, and it can hinder progression toward their goals. Shortly, we’ll be posting an article on all the good attitudes that people can have towards success, as well as the bad ones listed above. Which attitude do you have?

Do you agree with this list? Are there any attitudes you think should be added?

 

 

6 Time Management Tips For Entrepreneur Success

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getStartedTimeManagementThe concept of time management can be frightening for some people. This is possibly because time is somewhat of an elusive concept; somehow time moves more quickly when people are in a hurry, and time moves too slowly when there is nothing going on. Time management can be straightforward, simply by ushering in the following five tips.

Do the First Things First

Learning to prioritize is something that every business and entrepreneur needs to do. It’s a skill that pays off substantially for the people who take the time to understand it. Not everything needs to be done right now, in this very second. Prioritizing is a skill that takes practice, but it can be done. Every day, look at the things that need to be done today. Really look at each item, and then ask yourself the question, “Is this item top-priority, or could something more urgent come before this?” Before long, prioritization will be a simple process that will require very little contemplation.

Eliminate Time Wasters

What takes your time away your work? Facebook? Twitter? Checking email? Stop checking them so often. One thing you can do is make it hard to check them – remove them from your browser quick links / bookmarks and stuff them in a hard to access bookmarks folder. Replace your browser bookmarks with important work-related sites. While you’ll still check Facebook and Twitter no doubt, you’ll find it’s a lower frequency than before.

Focus on One Task

Is multi-tasking causing you to not getting anything done? If so, focus on just one key task at one time. Close off all the applications you aren’t using. Close off the tabs in your browser that are taking away your attention. Focus solely on what you’re doing. You’ll be more efficient that way.

Inject Personal Time

Time management isn’t only about doing more work in less time, although more work in less time is definitely a goal that is worth striving for. It’s good for a business professional to ask themself what is important. The time is coming to an end where people simply work their lives away, just to find themselves old and regretting that they never spent time on the things they loved in their lives. Now is the time to create a balance of work and play. Now is the time when personal needs, as well as business needs, have to take priority. Inject personal time into your workday and notice how it can be completely revitalizing.

Use a Better Calendar

Every businessperson needs to be using an effective, well-organized, calendar device of some kind. There are numerous applications that can be used on handheld devices that have alerts and notices. Two I recommend and also recommended by CNET are Google Calendar and Sunrise Calendar. These can be really handy, and they can help speed up the amount of time it takes to schedule appointments and make changes to the calendar.

Know that There is Only So Much Time in a Day

Being stressed about time is not fun for anyone. Running here and there without stopping to think about what’s actually important is a trap that many business people fall into. Relax with the understanding that not everything can be done today, and it won’t all get done today. Accomplishing tasks can be done more efficiently and it’s a worthy goal to strive for, but it’s equally true that every person can stop and take a deep breath and remember that there really is only so much time in one day.

Prioritization and balance are integral to time management success. Enjoying each moment while striving to be more efficient will create a more productive workday.

Nine Signs Entrepreneur Life Is Right For You

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Nine Signs Entrepreneur Life Is Right For YouThe life of an entrepreneur isn’t for everyone. It requires a lot of passion, dedication, and independence. Simply put, it is not for the faint of heart. However, it can be incredibly rewarding when a business idea takes off.

If you are thinking about starting your own business, consider these nine signs that the entrepreneur life is right for you:

  1. You’re a thinker.

Entrepreneurs are always thinking, whether it’s about an exciting idea for a new product or service, or how to innovate in a competitive industry. If you daydream about starting your own business, you would find comfort in finding ways to implement all of your great ideas as an entrepreneur.

  1. You’re organized.

If you’ve always had a penchant for organization, you’re in luck. Being the owner of a business involves tracking and organizing a lot of information, which becomes challenging as you are generally always multitasking. Having a solid foundation of disciplined organizational skills will benefit you greatly, but when it becomes overwhelming, many entrepreneurs find they need a little extra help from other employees, accountants, and receptionists.

  1. You’re a problem solver.

Being an entrepreneur absolutely requires the ability to solve problems. Handling a crisis under pressure with grace and coming up with brilliant solutions is a sure sign that the entrepreneur life is right for you. This demonstrates natural leadership and shows that you won’t just start a business for the sake of starting a business—you’ll create a product or service designed to solve a problem.

  1. You’re self-motivated.

When you start a business, there is no one there to keep you on track, so it is pertinent that you are self-motivated to handle extra responsibilities while managing your own time. With self-motivation, you show a desire to succeed, even when many other people might give up. The ups and downs of owning a startup business are inevitable, but entrepreneurs that are self-motivated have the strength to withstand the rollercoaster and learn to grow from it.

  1. You think you can build a better company.

If you think you could build a better company than what you see in today’s market, you might be right. Confidence is a very important trait in many of today’s most successful entrepreneurs, so don’t be afraid to embrace it. It’s hard to create a successful business if you don’t strongly believe in its purpose. If you have a great idea, back it up with unwavering tenacity.

  1. You like to take risks.

If you are a thrill-seeker that likes to take risks, and you can afford to take those risks, you should seriously consider starting a business. Entrepreneurs are constantly taking a gamble when they start businesses, but with proper planning, you can make success more of a certainty. Besides, you’ll never know how successful your idea can truly be until you put it motion.

  1. You want to take control.

Most entrepreneurs start businesses simply because they want to be their own boss. If you don’t like taking orders from others or simply think that you would make a better leader, you would not be first person to feel liberated by freedom that comes with being an entrepreneur.

  1. You feel like you’ve hit a wall.

Nothing is more frustrating than feeling like you’ve hit a wall with your career. However, if you dream of becoming an entrepreneur, there is always an exit strategy. If you have strong business plan and want to explore your full potential, it may be time to quit your day job and build your own company.

  1. You have an eye for the future.

Successful entrepreneurs that always think of the big picture have a clear vision of the future. Not only is this a sign of strong leadership, it’s also an early indicator of a business’s future success. An eye for the future helps foresee any roadblocks and allows time for smart decision making and strategy.

So, tell us. How did you know the entrepreneur life was right for you?

What Are The Benefits of Using a Co-Working Space?

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What Are The Benefits of Using a Co-Working SpaceSome of the biggest businesses started off in a garage or in the shared dorms of a university. Just look at Apple and Facebook. Groups of friends huddled round a table or workbench because they had no other place to go. But when it comes to finding a place for your fledgling business there is now another option: co-working spaces.  These office spaces bring together micro businesses and start ups into a shared office environment, providing conference rooms, photocopiers, and most importantly access to other entrepreneurs.

Some use these offices as second home, coming and going when they want to get away from working in their home office, others use it as a way to divide their business and their home life, and some simply use it as a place to rest their hat (and laptop) when they’re visiting another city for a few hours. Whether you are looking at using a coworking space as a long term solution or a short term stay, there are many advantages to using these offices.  Here are four of them:

1. Coworking can be great for your budget.

It can be costly to rent an individual office just for your business. You not only have to account for the rent but all the utilities and amenities you will use as well.  This can take a substantial amount of your company’s budget.

Coworking spaces on the other hand will offer an ‘all in’ price, leaving no hidden bills at the end of the month.  They also reduce your need to sign expensive leases or buy equipment, such as photocopiers and fax machines, as there is often communal equipment that can be used at a fraction of the price.  Rent is cheaper too, as you will be sharing the cost between all of your coworkers.

2. Networking, collaborating, and making friends.

We all know that networking is important, but when starting your new business it is often hard to make the time for it. Coworking spaces are the perfect remedy.  Not only are they filled with new people ready for you to bounce ideas off, ask for advice, and trade contacts but they often organise networking drinks and host functions on behalf of other Meet Up groups.

People also tend to do work with people they trust. By creating relationships with the people you work alongside, understanding each other’s background and skills, when the time comes that you need their skills or they need yours, it will be an easy and stress free decision.

And if you’re worried about issues relating to intellectual property or competing businesses, fear not, many of the offices have clauses in their rules which prevent competitors from working in the same space.

3. New ideas come from breaking out of your comfort zone.

It’s not just the coworkers who will help you stimulate those ideas. Just by being in a new fresh environment can help you to think things through differently. If you currently work at home, at your kitchen table, or in the back bedroom which has been converted from your grow up child’s bedroom, your work time can be full of distractions. Whether it’s a neighbour popping by or a load of washing that needs sorting, it’s easy to get distracted.  Working in a new environment away can help you think differently and help you come up with new ideas for existing problems.

4. But avoid home office loneliness.

Working from home can have several advantages: rent is low, you can create a workspace how you want it, and it gives you the flexibility to stop and start work when you want. However one of the disadvantages can be that it’s lonely. Sometimes it’s great to have that silence and just plough through the tasks that you need to do, but everyone needs human interaction. Coworking is a great way to alleviate the loneliness that can sometimes be felt when working from home.  It gives you the flexibility to go in and interact with people when you want to, or work from home when you just want to get on.

Many of the spaces available offer tiered level pricing. With different rates for those who want a permanent location for their business compared to those who just want to drop in. This offers you the flexibility to scale up and down your usage as needed.