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There is so much more than what meets the eye when it comes to the world of entrepreneurship. The cracks are all hidden behind the camera, you’re given no script, no directions, and all eyes are on you. You want to break all barriers and prove your haters wrong, while you want to make your friends and family proud. And there might not be a retake. You have to keep going beyond your mistakes, and it’s done or dies every single day. Entrepreneurship is a game of mentality.
A study by the Harvard Business School recognized five common traits the entrepreneurs possess right from their elementary education:-
Despite personality trait-based classifications, corporate organizations & institutions fail to recognize these traits hidden behind their heap of processes & structures. They try and push performers, in general, to try harder or achieve better grades without realizing that their intrinsic motivations might be skewed against the herd processes. And that’s usually the inflection point for an entrepreneur to branch out independently into the world, either after a cushy corporate job or straight after an education institution that failed to recognize and nurture the mindset.
But the moment you enter the world of entrepreneurship, with an idea or while trying to set up your venture, there’s a little experience you have about the challenges and opportunities that can unfurl. While easy to say, it’s not always possible to learn from the visionaries and successful business people because geographical mindsets, venture ideas, social pressures, financial stability, and individual understanding vastly differ. And so, a first-time entrepreneur needs to make his own mistakes and learn from them.
Once you start your venture, right from having conversations with prospective customers or while hiring your first team member, there’s immense sub-conscious pressure on your performance, and your productivity cannot drop. This probably arises from the society around; the expectation of getting everything right every single time is very high. There’s no rehearsal, no script, or no preparedness for any situation. You are the last line of defense for almost everything thrown at you.
It’s like a LIVE World Cup Final - there’s no scope for a retake.
You have to give it all you have, every single day, every single time. Only the winner takes it all.
And that pressure to perform while protecting the sanctity of your vision is brutal. It either teaches you to fail and get back up on your feet, or it breaks you do not want to go any further. And that’s where mindset kicks in. The relentlessness asks for is like a gaping pit. You have to learn how to fly on your way down.
The ones who have the right mindset to take on challenges succeed. And the definition of success is vastly different for every entrepreneur. More minor instances of daily life that help you get better than who you were yesterday is what you get used to. And that’s what most entrepreneurs silently thrive on. It’s like an addiction you get out of these micro-instances of success. And then it becomes a habit. There’s enough literature on how ‘winning’ is a mindset and plays a huge role in individual success. But despite scientific data and business successes, there’s little that one gets exposed to during early childhood days about entrepreneurship. It’s almost as if you have to stumble upon it in life and preserve hard to stay out there, amidst all the eyeballs looking at you, for your next move.
But it’s this adrenaline rush that most entrepreneurs get, from performing with all eyes on them, that sails them through.