If entrepreneurs act and think differently

  • October 01, 2015
  • David J. Bilinsky

What resources are out there on the web to help you become an entrepreneur?
 

Inc.com did an article: “7 Powerful Secrets of Thinking Like an Entrepreneur.” (bit.ly/1vBWJUL)

In this article of tips from successful entrepreneurs, they note that entrepreneurs think differently from most people (apparently not just lawyers). These secrets, such as “Resolve to Succeed” are fairly typical business advice. However, notwithstanding that entrepreneurs have been characterized as people who have to seize opportunities and react quickly to the marketplace, what was surprising to read was: “Business is moving faster than ever, but great leadership means slowing down to take time to focus on doing the things that are most important to your success. Specifically, it means recognizing and valuing the people who you will encounter in your business and personal life, and bringing them along with you on your journey. You have much to learn from others, just as they can learn a lot from you. As Richard Branson put it, ‘Other people have ideas also.’”

The good news is that law school did give us a leg up over many others when it comes to launching a business. It taught us to think.  (anna.vc/about)

In an article entitled: “Getting On The Right Line Of Thinking – Think Like an Entrepreneur” written by Anna Vital (who is a very interesting person in her own right), she stated: “As much as it seemed like a rip-off back in law school, I later realized knowing how to think is the most valuable thing. Period. You can do it yourself, for free, but be ready to painfully rethink everything you know, with a lot of courage. The reason is that by the time you figure out you have to unlearn, you are already packed with multiple identities – the child, the student, the spouse, the employee, the citizen, the parent. None of them teach you to be an entrepreneur. Or to see opportunity. They just tell you what is required of you. To see opportunity – for that you have to think yourself. And, just as importantly, rethink and unlearn what you were told in your pre-entrepreneur life.”

You can read her infographic on how to get on the entrepreneur’s line of thinking at: fundersandfounders.com/the-mind-subway-entrepreneur-line-of-thinking/.

Nellie Alkap, in the Huffington Post 
(huffingtonpost.com/nellie-akalp/how-to-think-like-an-entr_1_b_7746256.html)

Nellie wrote an article: “How to Think Like an Entrepreneur:

“I was raised by entrepreneurs (both my parents and grandparents). I launched my first business in law school, and together my companies have helped more than half a million entrepreneurs start their businesses.”

Nellie gave some advice that is very powerful and long reaching:

“A common stereotype of an entrepreneur is a cutthroat businessman, always looking to get ahead at the expense of others. But the best entrepreneurs I know are incredibly gracious and generous. They promote and recommend other people’s companies and products. They’re willing to offer advice. And, when they can’t help with a particular need, they dig deep into their rolodex of contacts to find someone who can.

To build an entrepreneurial mindset, you need to start pushing other entrepreneurs forward rather than holding them back. Start building your network of professional contacts, interact with those you like, and recommend and share whenever possible. Don’t look at networking in terms of what other people can do for you, but what you can do for other people. In no time, you’ll have a strong community of trusted people around you.”

© 2015 David J. Bilinsky