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I was with a group of girls a few weeks ago, and one of them started asking me questions about myself, and then she said, “I just love learning about the way entrepreneurs like you think. It’s just so fascinating to me.”
And then I remembered…. My brain being on high octane all of the time isn’t “normal.” It’s not that one type of thinking is better or worse than the other, it’s just completely different and a lot of entrepreneurs have the same quirks about them. These little quirks will either lead to the growth or collapse of the company, depending on how they are channeled.
So today, I thought I would fill you in on some things that are a standard part of my life, and the way I do things, but are probably completely different from the standard approach that you take to accomplish your tasks. I often joke and tell people that my brain is a very scary place to be, because of how much is going on inside of it all at the same time.
Here are 10 odd ways that most entrepreneurs think (And all of the things that I do) that might be different than how you think:
1- Risk is exciting, and often outweighs the fears that stop most people from proceeding:
From new projects, initiatives, investments, hiring, etc, we see the risk associated with moving forward in these things, but the potential on the other end entices us to pull the trigger and move forward. I, of course, get scared and nervous that certain things won’t work the way I feel like they will. But what scares me more, is not trying something that I think could be a really impactful idea, and missing out on the opportunities that would have came from it.
2- Big Picture Thinker who stresses over having to do little details.
I hate little details that go into making something happen. I am very good at coming up with a big solution or new initiative, and breaking down the main steps that need to happen to reach the end goal, but I HATE spending time doing the little steps needed to make that happen. I feel like those tasks and checklists hold me back and overwhelm me. I would experience less anxiety talking to an auditorium of 3,000 people, than having to go through the task of paying office rent, utilities, internet, etc on time every month. When those little tasks add up, I go insane. (Which is why I have an assistant who takes care of it… and she is the type who likes having clear and specific tasks to do.)
3- Decisive Decision Making
Most entrepreneurs are very decisive and can quickly weigh out both options and confidently move forward with the one they choose. In my life, not just my business, I am this way. I usually know exactly what I want. What becomes difficult in this is because we know so certainly what we want, we are impatient to wait for it to come. We want immediate results, but thats often not how life works.
4- We constantly think about how to grow our company
I once had an entrepreneur tell me , “I just landed a huge 30 million dollar deal, now on to the next.” The chase never ends. This chase could be money, company growth as a whole, individual growth, knowledge, etc. For me, my main motivation is the amount of students we’re able to impact. Opening the Nashville Shine Center was SO exciting for me this year, and my next immediate thought was, okay, where is the next one going?
5- We’re not afraid to test boundaries and break the rules
I’m referring to breaking rules in a very legal and ethical sense. I can’t tell you how many times people have looked at me, wondering how on earth what I want to do would ever be able to happen. I love being able to prove that ideas work. I love being able to test things that haven’t been done before. No company currently is doing what we are doing, and that is SO exciting for me. This means that I get to explore boundaries and options and figure out what works for us, without being confined in a predetermined box that someone else set up for us. Finding a new way to accomplish something is every entrepreneurs dream. We see the forecast of the future before it’s a tangible thing. Sometimes this leads to the collapse of new companies because they are really off target and try something too far off of base. But when it works, it REALLY works.
6. Have to be in control
I do not like reporting to people. I do not like having to execute someone else’s idea. I thrive in an environment where I am able to control the task and situation at hand, and know that I have limitless ways to accomplish it. A lot of people don’t like working like this. They want structure and a plan and a checklist and want to know they are doing the right steps to finish the project. Not us. We thrive off of being in charge of even incredibly stressful situations, and being able to have the power to figure them out ourselves.
7. Self starter
Because most entrepreneurs are trying to do something new, or reinvent something, we have to be incredibly motivated to start ourselves. No direction is coming from anyone else. The success or failure of your company completely rests on your shoulders, so you know that you better figure things out or you will fall flat on your face. Knowing that sure lights a fire under you when you wake up in the morning!
8. Understands and expects failures to happen along the way
Not everything is going to go as planned. It’s impossible. We know this. We expect that at some point, something completely unforeseen will happen. This helps gives us the longevity needed to not retreat at the first sign of failure.
9. Able to and wants to sell ice to an eskimo
In college I managed a tanning salon at a gym while going to school full time. I broke every record ever set. If days were slow, I would go knock doors at nearby apartment complexes. I thrive off of this. I enjoy interacting with other people, talking about my product, and being able to portray my passion to others. Selling things often scares people, but for us, this is something really fun and exciting.
10. No is not an answer
And if it is, we find the next person who will give us a yes.
So there you have it… Welcome into life inside of my brain. Do any of those things ring true with how you think?
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