12 Things Mentally Tough Entrepreneurs Don’t Do

Here’s a look at 10 things mentally strong entrepreneurs definitely don’t do.

  1. Resent and envy the success of others.

    Mentally strong entrepreneurs realize everyone has unique gifts and talents. This doesn’t eclipse their ability to recognize their own. They choose to empower instead of compete on trivial factors that don’t impact key business metrics. They hustle harder than they hate.

  2. Walk around looking for handouts.

    The world owes you nothing. Business is not always fair. Mentally strong entrepreneurs understand this and don’t wait for others to hand them their happiness. They create value and understand the power of reciprocity. The only entitlement mentally strong entrepreneurs feel is from their ability to put in the work and reap the full reward of their efforts. Mentally strong entrepreneurs work for it harder than they wish for it.

  3. Stop when there’s no sign of immediate results.

    It’s an adage you’ll likely hear your entire entrepreneurial life: Entrepreneurship is a marathon, not a sprint. At times, quick results will come and then, suddenly they won’t. This doesn’t stop mentally strong entrepreneurs from adjusting their plans and staying the course.

  4. Wait for perfect conditions.

    There is no perfect time to start a business, take another risk or make challenging business decisions. Mentally strong entrepreneurs are like farmers. They know that farmers who wait for perfect weather never plant. If they watch every cloud, they never harvest.

  5. Fear personal development.

    Mentally strong entrepreneurs take stock of their strengths and eliminate weaknesses. They don’t have all the answers, but seek the tools, resources, and people that can supply them with what they need. Successful entrepreneurs are always learning and growing — striving to be a better version of their highest self.

  6. Think like everyone else.

    Mentally strong entrepreneurs develop the courage to think differently. They have the audacity to imagine more.

  7. Make excuses.

    Someone once told me, “Excuses are crutches for the uncommitted.” This is the unapologetic truth. Mentally strong entrepreneurs make a consistent effort to rid their lives of excuses. They go after what they want and they don’t spend time telling you why they haven’t. As Florence Nightingale, a philosopher and social reformer, once said: “I attribute my success to this – I never gave or took any excuse.”


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