Your average entrepreneur is a complex beast. A thick mixture of boldness, grit and creativity, blended together in a stew of elbow grease. We’re here to teach you about developing this entrepreneur mindset in our 10-episode series hosted by Ryan, written by Eric & sponsored by New Man Revolution. Let’s get started on this adventure.
Some people are born with an entrepreneurial mindset, for others, it’s something that they have to build from the ground up. Both still have to cultivate this method of thinking though as it is extremely valuable. Once you have the entrepreneurial goggles strapped on and are examining your problems, you have the ability to see things that other people may not see.
This mindset gives you the ability to increase your profits and satisfaction in all areas of life, not just in your financial or career ambitions. Today, we’d like to discuss the two phases of the entreprenurial school of thought when it comes to brainstorming and deciding upon the path forward.
Phases of entrepreneurship:
1: Improv – Expand Ideas & Keep the Energy
“You’ll never stumble upon the unexpected if you stick only to the familiar.”
― Ed Catmull,
When actors study improv, the first thing that they learn is that if you shut down ideas, you destroy the energy of the performance. This concept applies just as equally during business brainstorming sessions. You’re not allowed to say no to an idea as this will crush any motivation to create more ideas. That doesn’t mean you jump on the first idea that comes along either. Expand the conversation, think of different perspectives and ideas, and see where your creativity leads you. Bring all relevant information forward so you can have everything on the table to play around with.
You never know what imagined ideas could be helpful further on down the road in future improv sessions.
2: Decision-making – Say Yes & Move Forward
“Any time in life you’re tempted to think, ‘Should I do this OR that?’ instead, ask yourself, ‘Is there a way I can do this AND that?”
― Chip Heath,
After you have taken in as many facts, information and ideas that seems reasonable now is the time to make a decision. After all, you can have a mountain of great ideas, but if one isn’t chosen to act upon, your business will falter and fail. Try to see the picture as a whole, create definite options with the pros and cons of each in mind. Remember that two options is not a choice, but a dilemma and that there is always a third door, even if you have to dig around to find it.
When it comes to the big moment, and you still haven’t decided, imagine each option and how you’d feel two-five years later if you had picked one or the other. Then go with your gut feeling. Even if our intuition is wrong, at least you made a decision, which is immensely better than being stuck in choice-limbo while the opportunities slip away.
In summary, both of these phases are equally valid. You’ll find that as you explore more inside your entrepreneur mindset, you will constantly switch between the two, improv and decision, improv and decision as you step up the ladder towards your goals, and eventually, success.
~Stay tuned for the next piece in our Entrepreneur Mastery Series~
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This article was written by Eric. It was based on the video series by Ryan.