Mastering the self in order to master your future
There is nothing special about being an entrepreneur. In fact, anyone can be one. In my neighbourhood, a gentleman does the high street window cleaning. He's an entrepreneur. The gentleman that runs the local newsagent/off license down the road. He’s an entrepreneur. The same goes for the people in my team and the ones I coach. They’re entrepreneurs too.
The problem for most of these people is not becoming an entrepreneur it’s moving past being self-employed.
Every entrepreneur has to start somewhere. I also started as self-employed. But I quickly learned that if I wanted to truly grow myself and my business, something had to change.
To go from myself to having a 6 figure business and a team of entrepreneurs, I had to have different skills.
The skill of selling
First, I had to learn how to sell better. I knew that if I learned how to sell, I could learn the skills I needed to grow my business revenue.
In order to hone this skill, I took a job with PC World, which forced me to grow as a salesperson or get fired. I didn’t take the job to climb the corporate ladder. I worked to learn. I also invested the time and money to start my own business, making cold calls to sell and generate revenue. I hated it, but I knew I needed it. My ability to sell today is a direct result of those investments in myself as a young man.
The skill of leading
Second, I knew that once I grew my online business, I’d have to form a team. It’s hard enough to manage yourself, let alone others. One of the hardest growth periods for an entrepreneur is learning how to lead, manage, and multiply other people. Once you master this skill, however, you can grow exponentially.
The trap many entrepreneurs fall into is thinking they are the expert on everything and that they have to do everything. They do not trust others with their business. The truth is that you are probably not an expert at all, and you can’t possibly do everything.
More than likely, you have one or two skills you excel in and that you should be focusing on. Building a team of experts is how a true entrepreneur grows his or her self and the business. Having staff you can trust and that are bought into what you are doing allows them to work in your business as you work on your business. As my business/financial mentor said, “Business and investing are team sports.”
Growing up I didn't have a father figure to teach me leadership skills, I had to get out there and take control of my life. I knew to do this I had to get a mentor and a coach. so I did. I invested in myself, learning many important leadership lessons. This convinced me of the importance of having a mentor and a coach which is why I decided to give back to people who are in the same position that I was in many short years ago and pass on the valuable lessons I learned through coaching and mentoring.
The skill of self-mastery
But the most important skill I had to learn was self-mastery.
The lack of this skill is the #1 reason why entrepreneurs fail. Self-mastery means learning how to control your fear, emotions, doubts, body, mind, and soul. If you can learn how to master these things—to control yourself—you can control the world.
Every time I lost patience with my online business, I lost. Every time I let fear set in when my cash flow statement didn’t look promising, I lost. Every time I got into the downward spiral of working in my business rather than on it, I lost.
Most entrepreneurs have certain triggers that cause them to literally lose it, that “it” being self-control. For many, it’s money. When the money runs out, the fear kicks in and the limbic part of the brain takes over. Then they do insane things. It’s no different than the caveman running for his life from the sabre-toothed tiger. You stop thinking and become reactionary.
But we’re made up of body, mind, emotions, and spirit. In order to learn how to master yourself, you must feed those things. Exercise, learn, rest, and meditate or pray. Taking the time to do those types of actions will help you to develop this most valuable skill.
But most of all, practice the opposite of fear, which is belief. In every situation, if you feel yourself losing control, stop, breathe, and think, “What do I believe?” Act accordingly and you’ll do just fine.
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