Switching your mindset from worker to entrepreneur
Regardless of whether you run your own business or not, you will do better by approaching your career with an entrepreneurial mindset and not that of a worker. What’s the difference?
A worker waits for things to happen while an entrepreneur goes about making things happen. A worker expects someone to assign tasks and review performance. A worker depends on the organization to provide training and waits for the boss to applaud and reprimand. A worker yearns for higher paying jobs because money becomes the primary reason to work. An entrepreneur is the antithesis of the worker.
As an entrepreneur you cannot afford to wait because you are the one sitting in the driver’s seat. You are not expecting someone to be responsible for you – instead, you assume the responsibility of your colleagues. If your organization doesn’t provide the training you need, you find ways to learn from a Udemy course or through a mentor.
A client’s performance becomes the primary indicator of your performance. You link your daily work to the biggest needs of your organization. You become interested in the development of others because you realize that in their growth lies your growth. You build a personal brand and stand for your core values. You replace illogical spending with investing because you begin to view your time and money as tools to create opportunities.
A worker mindset puts you at more risk than you imagine because you place your career at the mercy of someone else – your boss, team, or organization. In an environment where markets drive decisions, gone are the days of guaranteed lifetime employment.
The way to thrive in today’s rapidly changing times is to develop an entrepreneurial mindset where, regardless of where you are in your career, you are taking up the task of creating opportunities for yourself and for those around you. What is required is a shift in thinking, not necessarily your work. But where do you begin?
Start by not doing things as a worker would. Examine your day and you would find umpteen ways to take responsibility from helping a new recruit with what you know to improving a client’s performance by a notch. Make a list of things you think you must learn – for example, better presentation skills. Invest your money in online resources to keep learning those useful skills.
Identify a big problem your client or organization has. Think how you would go about solving the problem if you were responsible for it. Once you have some ideas, go about implementing them and request for support once you are further down the line. Examine your finances and ask yourself the question, how many days can you go without salary? Build financial independence so that you work for more meaningful reasons. Evaluate how you spent your time last week. Make changes to include activities with longterm impact.
You will know you are shedding the worker mindset when people relate to you differently and responsibilities naturally flow your way. You will find yourself complaining less because you will feel more confident about your abilities to create change. Once you shift gears to working as an entrepreneur, you will never be able to fully shift back. And that’s a wonderful thing.
(This article was originally published here in The Economic Times)