“Being an entrepreneur is not about starting a business. It’s a way of looking at the world. See opportunity where others see obstacles. Take risks when others take refuge.” — Michael Bloomberg
“Be your own boss!”
That’s the rage today.
Anyone who has seen Gary V roll through his day “crushing it” dreams of launching their own START UP.
You don’t have to live in Silicon Valley or flip houses to be an ENTREPRENEUR.
We are all START UPS.
We are the CEO’s of our CAREER.
The same skills that help an entrepreneur launch a START UP are needed to GROW your career and keep your work RELEVANT.
We have to bring an entrepreneurial mindset to our CAREER.
When I first got out of college I worked in a CPA firm.
That was my first “START UP”.
I was “out of business” in about a year.
But I learned a ton and moved on.
I took those lessons and changed course.
I did what every successful entrepreneur does when they FAIL:
- Try Again.
Like many entrepreneurs, I had a few lean years.
I tried and failed multiple times.
It wasn’t until my 6th START UP until I went PUBLIC.
CAREERS, like like START UPS, have to grow and evolve or they die.
Here are 5 WAYS TO START UP YOUR CAREER:
CONTROL YOUR TIME
Control your time or someone else will.
Never go into a day with an empty calendar.
An unplanned day leads to working on other people’s agendas.
One of the wealthiest entrepreneurs I know gave me this killer time management tip, “Throw away your “To Do” lists. If something needs to get done, schedule it. Protect that schedule.”
CONTROL YOUR FINANCES
Create a monthly budget.
Give each dollar a job.
We are not in Congress. We can’t spend more than we make.
Dave Ramsey sums it up best, “Debt is dumb.”
CREATE YOUR BOARD OF ADVISERS
No one wins alone.
Have a board of advisers.
Learn from who came before you.
Make original mistakes, not basic ones.
INVEST IN YOURSELF
The first START UP we need to invest in is ourselves.
The wealthiest people I know all have 1 thing in common, they never stop learning.
Take the seminar.
Read the book.
Grow or die.
No risk, no nothing.
There comes a time when you have to LEAP.
When opportunity appears, take ACTION.
It doesn’t matter if you are a solo ENTREPRENEUR or part of a BIG organization.
There is enormous opportunity everywhere.
What will you START UP?
Up to you…