Entrepreneurs are everywhere. Heck, it’s almost mainstream now.
You can start a blog or write an ebook and say you’re an entrepreneur. You can flip a house or start a Facebook page for your new photography business and technically…you’re an entrepreneur.
But there is another kind of entrepreneur that many people who just start their own businesses fall short of.
It’s the kind of entrepreneur who would rather keep playing the game, then win and risk being done with it. They are the world changers, the ones who build businesses first and foremost to make a difference and shake things up, and if they make money in the process, so be it.
What sets this kind of entrepreneur apart from those that just “want to be their own boss”, is their mentality.
The mentality that it takes to achieve continual success in business, and “make a dent in the universe” is easy to describe, but difficult to achieve. The good news is it can definitely be learned if you don’t come by it naturally.
You have probably heard or read a favorite sign off of mine, “stay hungry, stay foolish”. It is a tribute to Steve Jobs and his approach to life and business. He quoted it in his 2005 Stanford Commencement speech and it was originally printed on the back of the final issue of Whole Earth Catalog in 1974.
I believe this simple phrase perfectly sums up the mentality required to be a successful, world-changing entrepreneur.
Have a want or a need to feel like what you have right now isn’t enough. You can always build something better.
Never be satisfied with what you have achieved in the past, because if you do, you’ll eventually fall behind. To quote George Bernard Shaw:
“As long as I have a want, I have a reason for living. Satisfaction is death. ”
So never stop learning, and when you have reached your goals, set new ones. Keep adding rungs to the ladder! The day you become satisfied with your life, your life will come to a standstill in a world that’s always moving.
This isn’t to say that you shouldn’t ever “enjoy the moment” or that it’s not ok to get some rest and relaxation. You should celebrate and enjoy the progress you make…while simultaneously being mindful of what you can accomplish next.
Your time on this earth is limited, don’t waste it living someone else’s life.
Don’t be an expert that evaluates things and judges them as either “doable” or otherwise! The older you get, the more pressure society puts on you to pick a safe, tried and true path. But you’re born foolish into this world, and growing up, you only learned by making unbelievably stupid mistakes. Keep making those mistakes, and learn!
A smart person might know that they can never touch the stars, but that doesn’t stop a “fool” from trying, and guess who is more likely then to land in the stars?
“Defeat is not the worst of failures…not to have tried is the true failure.” -George E. Woodberry
Notions like “that isn’t possible” or “no one’s ever done that so I can’t” should be something you foolishly cast to the wind because that kind of thinking is not how you change things, but instead how you maintain the status quo.
Have the courage to pursue your wildest dreams! You can never eliminate the fear of failure, but you can manage it when you understand that failure is simply the path to success.
When you fail…when you look foolish in the pursuit of your dream…have courage, because in that moment you have joined the ranks of other great men and women who have changed the world!
“Stay hungry, stay foolish” is a timeless call to action, challenging you to never be satisfied, but instead to pursue your wildest ambitions with tremendous enthusiasm and unwaivering determination without regard for the status quo. I believe it perfectly sums up the mentality required to be an entrepreneur that truly makes a dent in the universe.