Entrepreneurs are critical to the success of our economy by bearing the financial risks to drive innovation and value to their customers. We salute them.
Are there shades of grey in being an Entrepreneur or is it black and white? Can you be employed by others but still bring significant value to your company? If your employer fails, you typically simply move on taking on the risk of lost income, not loss net worth. However, what if you started to think like an entrepreneur where you are currently employed. Deborah Bailey wrote an interesting article to reflect this concept titled Become a Star Employee by Thinking Like an Entrepreneur. There are several key take aways:
Entrepreneurs start out with a vision of what they want to create, whether it is a product or a service. As an employee, your vision is just as important. The good news is that you have 100% control of this
Another trait of entrepreneurs is the ability to find creative ways to get things done. You also have 100% control of this. Entrepreneurs must think creatively even in their sleep. If you only do so during your waking hours, you are ahead of a majority of others. If your employer goes out of its way to keep your creativity at bay, pick your battles. If possible, find a new manager more responsive to new ideas. Believe it or not, they are there waiting for you!!!
Keep an Open Mind
A most important trait of entrepreneurs is the ability to learn new information and to continue to adapt. Guess what, you have 100% control of this as well. Many people find themselves doing the same type of responsibilities for years and get comfortable. Are you in this situation? If so, find a new set where you are more on the edge. It will reawaken your thought processes and clear your mind for new approaches and opportunities.
Thinking like an entrepreneur will ensure you will increase your value to your employer. With this brings increased opportunities, greater income potential and a life filled more with excitement.
ACTION FOR THE DAY
Imagine receiving an unexpected letter in the mail. You open it up and it declares that you are the new owner of the company you currently work for. You have been given authority to make changes in the way your company earns revenue or manages its costs. Take a look at your roles and responsibilities in your current position. Identify 3 ideas to accomplish your responsibilities in a faster and/or more efficient way. How would you run your newly found company with a positive attitude, creative approach and keeping an open mind? Who would you want to talk to in your company to implement these ideas?
Quote of the Day
Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it. Begin it now!! – Goethe