Shifting from an Employee to an Entrepreneur Mindset

SHIFTING FROM AN EMPLOYEE TO AN ENTREPRENEUR MINDSET

Georgia Skyers, MSN, RN

Do you have a mindset that gives you the best chances for success? I believe in first things first… before you became a nurse, did you have the mindset that allows you to explore and think outside the box? Or were you a ‘I must color between the lines’ to succeed person? The fact is, choosing the entrepreneurial route requires you to adopt a different level of thinking… a different mindset. Everything happens in the mind first. An entrepreneurial mindset requires you to challenge the status quo, be receptive of rejection, thrive in uncertainty, and possess a healthy dose of perseverance. I had to get my mind right, speak positivity over SELF before showing up for my business. As I transitioned from employee to entrepreneur, I learned that I had to abandon self- limiting thoughts and adopt positive self-serving ones. The mind is powerful, it does this strange thing of taking our thoughts and somehow making them reality… it became real to me that I had to feed my thoughts the things that I wanted to become reality (it starts in my mind FIRST).

From employee to entrepreneur- my biggest mindset shifts.

Entrepreneurial Mindset Shift

I WILL SUCCEED IF I WORK CONSISTENTLY ON THE RIGHT THINGS.

I know that perseverance is the key to success, but I can’t just work long and hard… I must be consistent with the right thoughts and behaviors that have the most impact on my business. Busy doesn’t mean productive.

THE VALUE I PROVIDE EVENTUALLY COMES BACK TO HELP ME.

Value vs work. I understand that the more value I provide, the more joy and income I receive. I do not look at the ‘work’ that I do on my business as ‘work’ but rather as value added, income generating activities.

INVEST MY TIME AND MONEY WISELY.

My time and financial resources have limits, so I allocate them intelligently. I know which things in my business most require my time and money. *Important: As nurses, we have grown accustomed to trading time for money (I can work an extra 12 hours to buy this thing) vs what value can I add to generate this money that I need. Entrepreneurs place a different level of worth on time and money.

EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE IS IMPORTANT!

Learn how to win friends and influence people ... people are the life blood behind any business- business will go nowhere without them!  As an entrepreneur, emotional intelligence is paramount- one egotistical decision can cost me large sums of money.  I learned to monitor and manage my emotions so that I make decisions based on facts and not emotions.

I WILL BE BETTER TOMORROW- IT’S A PROCESS.

I use what I learn each day to improve myself and my approach to my business. I’ve learned a LOT during my transition from employee to entrepreneur, I do not look at unsuccessful ventures as failures but rather as learning opportunities. I’m not great at everything today, however, I’m better than I was yesterday.

I CAN FIND A SOLUTION TO ANY OBSTACLE.

It doesn’t matter what goes wrong, I remind myself that ‘I own this… therefore I must fix it’. I’ve learned that forming, growing, and sustaining a business is akin to life itself, it comes with ups and downs. The mindset shift that occurred: Obstacles are opportunities for me to learn something new- the more I learn the more I have to offer my business. -Failure is not an option.

What does your thoughts look like? Do you have the mindset to succeed as an entrepreneur? It begins in the mind first. 

About the author:

My company, 360degreenurse Consulting and Coaching, offers a streamlined, systems-based approach to nurse leader development. Focusing on personal development first, this approach increases their chances of success as leaders... while avoiding burnout. 

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