How To Think Like A Successful Entrepreneur

Dale Partridge
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When we think of entrepreneurs, we picture lemonade stands, candy stores, and creative ventures riddling their childhood. Almost as if they were born with some magic mentality to make something from nothing.

But let me tell you this: Not all entrepreneurs were born starters. Many of them acquired the skills needed to turn their dreams into a profitable reality.

Entrepreneurship is a learnable mentality.

In my experience, entrepreneurship is less about knowing what to do than how to think. It's this subtle difference that separates dreamers from doers .

3 Ways To Start Thinking Like An Entrepreneur:

1. Employment is Not an Option or Backup Plan
I can 1000% tell you that I am unemployable. It is literally unfeasible for me to work for someone else. It's not a pride issue. It's not a skill issue. It's a mission issue. I was designed to create. I believe if I worked for someone else, I would actually be failing to complete the mission I was created for. This is how most entrepreneurs think. It's their responsibility to create and to influence and to lead. Getting a job is not in an entrepreneur's cards. Is it in yours?

2. There Is No Place For Discouragement 
Every risk I take is an opportunity to win or lose. The difference is, my mind counts every loss as learning and every win as surefire assurance that I can do this. It's this shift in thinking that allows me to rarely become discouraged. Every experience is building me into a more confident version of myself. And as entrepreneurs like me tuck more and more wins under their belt, taking risks is easier, turning a dream into reality is faster, and becoming more self confident is natural. How do you think about confidence and risk?

3. My Relationships Define My Level of Success
The best entrepreneurs are not as competitive as they are cooperative. Personally, I see my relationships as a direct reflection of my future success factor. When I meet people I don't just see friends and community. I see resources, teachers and assets. I understand that every great company is just made up of talented humans and because of this, my eyes are always open. Entrepreneurs recognize people. They value humans for more than their friendship. They see the potential. Do you?

Do you think like an entrepreneur? What's stopping you from chasing your dream?

13 COMMENTS

  1. I agree 100% with this. Entrepreneurship and excellence is a mindset that you must either have naturally or teach yourself. It consists of thinking positive, being creative, taking educated risks, learning from failure, trying again, building relationships, seeing opportunities, and growing professionaly by learning and doing. A few men that have helped me think like this are Napoleon Hill, Dave Ramsey, Jon Acuff, Dale Partridge, Mark Cuban, Michael Berry, and Zig Ziglar just to name a few. The other examples of men inspire me are the successful people around me. I study them and make it a point to imitate their actions and behavior. Keep it up Dale!

  2. This is great! I’m getting my LLC finalized this month, have started talking to clients, and can feel my mentality shifting. But its still scary – that I might fail, that I won’t be able to support my fiance and me, that something could go wrong. But the alternative is even more terrifying – to trust my creative and financial fate in the hands of an employer. I have to take the leap and pray that God opens the right doors.

    • He will. Keep praying and moving like its you doing the work. Trust Him!! That’s how you will be able to take great chances and leaps of faith with out fear. Have a heart that can not be denied. Follow Him and look for every learning experience even in your business. And don’t allow any room for doubt in your mind. Live in your furtur now, and watch the Lord change your present. God bless u. I’m praying with u, but I know its a for sure thing that that business is already yours prosperous, and supplied. U just gotta walk through the trail to get what’s already your!!

      • He will. Keep praying and moving like its you doing the work. Trust Him!! That’s how you will be able to take great chances and leaps of faith with out fear. Have a heart that can not be denied. Follow Him and look for every learning experience even in your business. And don’t allow any room for doubt in your mind. Live in your furtur now, and watch the Lord change your present. God bless u. I’m praying with u, but I know its a for sure thing that that business is already yours prosperous, and supplied. U just gotta walk through the trail to get what’s already your!!

  3. Number 2 is so key. If you can learn to turn every failure and discouragement into a positive and learning experience then your life will be infinitely better and you will be able to get through the tough times. Are you having any contests for a free entry to your blogging camp?

  4. I love this! Most people think that you are born to be an entrepreneur. maybe. maybe not. I believe that anyone can develop the entrepreneur skill by making a decision and changing their self limiting beliefs about what they can and cannot do. Its all about the mindset.

  5. This article is great! But I have to add that your blog is great too! I just found it tonight about 2 hours ago and I can already tell you I will be a loyal reader….I’m hooked. It’s not just surface stuff. It’s depth and quality that I can use. Thank you for not being an employee because it was not meant for you. God meant for you to do just this. God bless.

  6. The most amazing piece of words I read and it resonates with every second of my life and the decisions I made an entrepreneur who left corporate job last year to reach my dreams and build a business that matters to me, my team and local businesses that help the society. Would read these words again and will recommend highly.

  7. Dale, I am truly speechless. I came across your blog via pinterest doing some social media research. The fact that I came across your blog today makes me even more speechless. My boyfriend (whom I believe will be an amazing entrepreneur) and I started a blog together as we are both creatives. We started it in our home town Perth Australia with dreams to grow it bigger and better when we got to our dream city London. Well here we are in London and today we are discussing changing it’s direction possibly discarding it and starting a new project with a fresh perspective. Despite how passionate we were about it before we moved for some reason it just isn’t panning out how we had hoped.

    This article just made me so driven to really re-focus and go for what we want. Since discovering your blog today I have read so many more of your articles and am not only in awe but am completely shocked with the quality of advice I am reading, and trust me after leaving everyone and everything behind to move half way across the world from a tiny city to a huge city nothing seems to shocked me any more. You have proved me wrong by doing so.

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