The difference between a wantrepreneur and an entrepreneur is this: an entrepreneur is serious about their craft. An entrepreneur knows their success in business and life are interdependent. Over the years as an entrepreneur, I have come up with some ways to ensure I stay out of the wantrepreneur category indefinitely.
Here’s how it’s done.
1. Read useful books.
Admittedly, reading has always been a dreaded task for me. But once I realized the transformative power of a good book, after reading The Power Of Habit by Charles Duhigg—I was hooked. Books can inspire, motivate, and educate you. Simply put, they help you to expand your mind. Additionally, when you read more, you pick up more knowledge and random facts that will become useful in day-to-day conversations and certainly when you’re networking.
2. Set measurable goals.
Setting goals is important in sales, that’s obvious. It’s also important to set goals in your personal life. This keeps you moving forward and gives you purpose. Remember, dreams with a timeline are your goals, whether it be a new house, a vacation or a big move, setting long and short-term goals can make all the difference in your happiness and success. They get you through the hard times and keep you pushing for success.
3. Build your professional network.
Networking is extremely important for growing your business and your personal brand. Go out and meet new people. These contacts could turn into potential collaborations or more. It’s always good to meet with like-minded people who will inspire and motivate you, or simply offer a fresh perspective. For me personally, some great opportunities have come out of networking events, and being at the right place at the right time. You’ll never meet that one person that can help you succeed if you don’t get off the couch!
4. Live a healthier lifestyle.
Being an entrepreneur is an emotionally and physically exhausting career. There are ups and downs and long hours, sometimes with little reward. It’s important to maintain your health. This can be done by eating as healthy as possible and regular physical activity.
Feeling and looking good can go a long way in business. For instance, I go to the gym in the morning before I head to my office. It helps me wake up early and get an active start to my day. It reinforces my go-getter mentality of productivity too. Plus the endorphins you release from working out make you happy! Make sure to drink a protein shake and have a healthy lunch and dinner to stay focused and on point throughout the day.
Getting involved with the community can help to broaden your perspective. It will also make you more grateful for the things you do have. Get out there on the weekends and feed the homeless, coach a team sport, give a motivational speech. Volunteering for the good of others can help you refocus from chasing material gains to valuing your higher purpose in life.
6. Prioritize self-growth.
Boost your personal growth through attending industry-specific seminars, listening to personal development audiobooks, etc. Growing yourself as a person can significantly improve your overall quality of life and put you on the right path for success. People often forget that having a successful career is also dependent on having a successful personal life. Self-growth is an important factor in that.
7. Spend time with family and friends.
Spending time with family and friends is often underestimated. It helps you establish a healthy work-life balance, which is essential to success, and it helps you remember what’s important in life. But ensure you do not take on their negative attitude if they have one. Surround yourself with people who are positive and want you to succeed. It may sound like a given, however, once you take inventory of your peer groups, you may have a new perspective.
Now you’ve ensured your path from wantrepreneur to entrepreneur. Welcome aboard!
This article has been edited and condensed.
Ali Mirza is an accomplished Sales Master and Trainer at Rose Garden Consulting. Starting his career in sales at the tender age of 18, Ali quickly realized that he would have to become better because being terrible at selling was not fun. Since 2012, Ali has taken his passion for closing deals to teaching others how to close deals. Ali currently lives in Atlanta and travels the country helping companies increase their sales. Connect with @RGCSales on Twitter.
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