Malcolm Gladwell was the first to introduce the idea into the mainstream that it takes roughly 10,000 hours of practice to become great at anything. While this specific number may have been hotly contested since then, the truth is natural talent alone will rarely carry you very far. Success at anything is far more the result of discipline and the right mindset than talent alone. Here are three steps to developing an entrepreneurial mindset that will carry you far in any endeavor.
Always look for ways to improve
Most of the world operates by the principle of “good enough” or “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” Entrepreneurs, on the other hand, are always looking for new and better ways of doing things. This doesn’t always sit well with people who are just treading through life trying to make things as comfortable as possible. Entrepreneurs, however, are never satisfied with the status quo. While they recognize that sometimes you just have to let things go or stand as they are, they never stop seeking ways things can be improved.
Diversify, diversify, diversify
Entrepreneurs have to wear a wide variety of hats and be proficient in a wide range of areas. Whether it is performing various roles in your company, working several different jobs, or holding down a full-time job while building a business, entrepreneurs are never limited to being good at just one thing and they are rarely ever doing just one thing. Most successful entrepreneurs constantly have their fingers in a wide range of pots and have a number of different projects in some stage of development. Some will pan out, others won’t, but their plate is never empty.
Be a lifelong learner
Another common trait of some of the most successful people in the world is that they are constantly learning something new. Some are constantly reading or listening to podcasts, while others take classes online or are regularly attending workshops or seminars. Not only do they consistently keep their finger on the pulse of what is happening in their own industry, but they are constantly learning new things about other areas of life as well. The takeaway from this is “constancy.” While most professionals may occasionally take a vacation disguised as a “seminar,” successful entrepreneurs are passionate about learning. They crave knowledge the same way they crave oxygen.