In the journey of a small business owner, the transition from an employee mindset to an entrepreneurial one is crucial when coming from struggling to seeing success. This shift is not just about working more or fewer hours; it’s about embracing a way of thinking that prioritizes long-term vision, innovation, and a deep sense of purpose. As my wife, Kylene, and I were discussing our non-negotiables for our life and business, we realized how vital an entrepreneurial mindset is for success. While I’ve been surrounded by an entrepreneurial environment from an early age, Kylene’s insights help illuminate the blind spots my upbringing might have left me with compared to other small business owners. She grew up in a more common mindset home where work was work and life was life and you worked Monday to Friday 9 AM to 5 PM.
It all clicked when we came across a quote: “Use the weekends to build the life you want instead of trying to escape the life you have.” This resonated deeply with us. It isn’t about escaping but rather creating. We often view weekends traditionally, as a time to recharge after a week of work. But for entrepreneurs, it can be an opportunity to prioritize activities that align with our goals and values. The Employee Mindset typically revolves around a structured workweek, with the weekends as a designated time to unwind. There’s nothing inherently wrong with that. However, for entrepreneurs, the distinction between weekdays and weekends needs to be blurred. It’s about making intentional choices with our time, whether it’s for business development or personal enrichment.
The Entrepreneurial Mindset is about more than just keeping busy; it’s about embodying a vision that extends beyond the day-to-day grind. Entrepreneurs tackle challenges head-on, armed with resilience and the courage to face fears. They are innovators and creators, motivated and guided by their core values. This mindset is crucial because it dictates how we react to adversity, how we plan for the future, and how we define our success.
An entrepreneurial mindset is a unique blend of vision, risk tolerance, creativity, and self-motivation. It’s about aligning actions with values and maintaining integrity. As small business owners, we have the privilege and responsibility of choice. It’s up to us to decide how we spend our time when we work, and what we prioritize. This freedom is the cornerstone of the entrepreneurial spirit. It’s not confined to any timetable or set of expectations. It’s about building a business and a life that are linked and we function in all areas of our life in alignment with our reason and core values.
The entrepreneurial mindset is about growth, about making choices today that our future selves will thank us for. It’s about embracing the weekends—or any moment, really—to further our business and our life’s purpose. This mindset isn’t just about our individual successes; it’s about the broader impact we can make. When we as business owners thrive, we create opportunities for others. We raise the tide for all the boats—our families, our employees, our communities.
Are you making choices that align with your vision or are you choosing to let the common mindset win out and get sucked into the activities that are not serving your future self? Are you prioritizing tasks that propel you toward your business goals? Are you living a life by design, or are you reacting to what others want from you?
I want to challenge you, inspire you, and most importantly, support you in this journey. I hope that we become a community of uncommon thinkers, daring to build businesses that we can fall in love with.
If you’re looking to craft a business you love, reach out at ConsultAaron.com. I’m happy to share more uncommon mindsets that might relate to your specific needs.