An entrepreneurial mindset makes an entrepreneur more resilient, says Marang Marekimane, business strategist and founder of Business Processes Mechanics. “It is the type of mindset that sees opportunities to solve a problem and packages that as value for the next person.”
Marekimane gives a step-by-step guide to how you can adopt this outlook:
You should engage with your customers to understand what they value – you can often [find this out by] listening to their problems. Therein lies the opportunity.
Engage with potential customers, investors or partners and ask a lot of questions.
Find opportunities to sell and direct your efforts towards activities that [bring you closer to potential] customers, investors or partners. All of which [will help you to build] wealth.
Realise that being penniless or feeling broke is temporary. Look for ways to create a pipeline of customers and pockets of investments.
For me goals are a [major] driver. I get a great sense of achievement each time I can tick-off something as complete. Without goals, I’m not sure how [else you can] assess progress.
Self-coaching starts with how you speak to yourself during those “solo staff meetings”. [Negative self talk] breeds negativity, [while positive talk enhances your entrepreneurial mindset] and helps you look out for opportunities.
Learning a new skill is a great way to start. I encourage [activities] like Toastmasters, not to necessarily to become a public speaker, but to face the fear of being vulnerable, to receive feedback and to adapt so you can be better.
Ask for and give feedback [as] it will make you teachable, [it will also help to] sharpen your skills and [increase your] confidence.
Learn skills that bring you closer to your goals or at the very least, [help to] interrogate your fears.
We all experience self-sabotage to varying degrees and at different points of our lives. Even with an entrepreneurial mindset you can experience such, you just deal with [these feelings] differently. [View them as] an opportunity to leverage your network.
Failure is a teachable moment. If you don’t see that, you are likely to get overwhelmed and [your business journey] will be a constant uphill battle.