No one is born an entrepreneur. You learn the mindset and the skillset as you go. You’ve got be willing to put yourself out there and figure it out along the way.
During your entrepreneurial journey, you will come across the requirements of business which you previously had no idea about. Let’s assume for a moment that you are working towards building your own media publishing business and you come across building and hosting a web platform for the first time.
If you are young in the business with little investment and can’t hire anyone to do it for you, what do you do then? Quit? No!
Of course, this does not mean that you begin to pass opportunities only if you think you don’t have the skillset for it.
Remember what Ben Affleck said in Boiler Room?
“There's an important phrase that we use here, and think it's time that you all learned it. Act as if.”
Act as if you know it. Once you seize the opportunity, learn the skill, implement and move on. Like Richard Branson says, say yes first, then figure out how to do it.
If you are ever under the impression that you will learn first and then go out to sell the service, that is never happening, because you will never know when you are ready, and every opportunity will pass you by staring you in the face.
Fundamental 3: P.U.S.H Strategy
For those unaware of the P.U.S.H strategy, here is what it means: Persist Until Success Happens.
The success you can get in entrepreneurship is as big as your dream. There is no standard level of success in entrepreneurship; it is an evolution.
Success is not a one-time achievement which allows you to live with everything you desire for a lifetime. You must keep at it. Again, and again.
The reason I say this is because when you take the leap of faith, you will face hurdles and you will continue to face them every time you come across something you are unaware of. The struggle never ends and it shouldn’t.
Let’s consider a hypothetical scenario to understand this better.
Let’s say you started your first online drop shipping business and made your first sale within three days. Now, to me or anyone, that is a success, since you achieved something.
However, you soon hit a sales block where now you are not able to sell for the next two weeks.
There are only two things you can do now, either, use the P.U.S.H strategy or quit.
Entrepreneurship is a consistent meet and greet between breakdowns and breakthroughs. Yes, over time, you will have adapted to disruptions and conveniently breakthrough them because of the experience you will develop, but you will never be breakdown free. It’s all part of the growth cycle.
Young entrepreneurs today are more motivated to achieve the dream rather than embracing the process of getting to that dream. With this mindset, I have found young entrepreneurs becoming impatient and ending up failing as entrepreneurs
I do NOT want you to quit. I want you to be realistic.
I want you to learn and enjoy the process and the rest, the results, will automatically begin to fall through.