Do you want to be successful? If so, get rid of these common 10 lies from your mind!
There are so many people who aspire to be entrepreneurs, but are too afraid to take the plunge because they have preconceived notions about what it takes. Some concerns are valid because people are scared of the financial risk, or they have a steady career and worry about the cost of moving into entrepreneurship. But, there are no challenges in life that are insurmountable and no barriers to success which can’t be over come. If you want to be successful, choose to remove the next 10 points from your mindset.
1. Successful people are inherently “different” from me.
The only reason that someone would have to think this is because they probably haven’t done their research on the backgrounds of some of the worlds most successful entrepreneurs. Most of these people are similar to you and I and many of them have experienced adversity at a level well beyond what most people could even begin to imagine. Almost every entrepreneur has failed numerous times, but they have chosen to not let their failure define them.
2. Successful people are more intelligent than me.
There are geniuses out there, but their intellect is focused on one particular area and they tend to be exceptions to the rule. knowledge, common sense, skills, and experience are what make 99% of entrepreneurs successful. Why would you downgrade your worth by comparing yourself to someone outside of your area of expertise?
3. Successful people have more talent for business than I do.
Many successful people can’t even balance a checkbook, but they are smart enough to surround themselves with people who can. Did you know that some of the Presidents that are considered the “best” in US history were actually inexperienced in politics? These people know how to surround themselves with brilliant Cabinet members. If you have access to a good manager and accountant, your lack of business skills doesn’t mean that much. Over time, you’ll learn.
4. Successful people have more education than I have.
There is a list of 55 Dropout Billionaires. If it was true that all successful people have more education than the average person, then that list would simply not exist! People like Richard Branson, Giorgio Armani, and Jenny Craig would be serving you burgers and fries instead of being the big names that you actually know. Life experience, common sense, and a good business concept will trump formal education any day of the week.
5. Successful people have never failed like me.
The fact is that successful people fail more than anyone because they’re always willing to try and never quit. Sylvester Stallone was homeless and cleaning cages at a NYC zoo when he wrote his script for Rocky. Walt Disney was in his second bankruptcy when Snow White became big and got him out of that. Failure is nothing more than a temporary set back that provides a wealth of learning and experience.
6. Successful people have more of a winning personality than me.
Bill Gates and Warren Buffet are extreme introverts who have overcome their shyness. Also, Steve Jobs didn’t believe in bathing. Only someone with the lowest of self-esteem allows this lie to be true within their lives. Many of the successful people you read about have quirks that would get them banned from local places. If you can smile and be pleasant with people, your personality is good enough! 🙂
7. Successful people are willing to take more risks than I am.
To be an entrepreneur does take some degree of risk, but that risk involves believing in yourself. Most successful people are not reckless and mitigate their risk exposure with a vast amount of research before launching any project. Risk happens everyday in our lives and we have to deal with it. There’s no reason to develop an aversion to risk when it comes to your own ability to achieve success.
8. Successful people started with more money than I have.
Having unlimited capital will make your business start up easier, but not having it doesn’t stand in your way of launching a successful enterprise. If you hae a roof over your head, food on the table, and gas for your vehicle, you’re way ahead of the many who began their careers homeless. John Paul Dejoria, the billionaire who co-founded Paul Mitchell Hair Care Products, started his company with $700 and an infinite amount of determination. Lack of money is never a good excuse.
9. I’m a woman, and men have a better shot at success than I do.
This might be true in some big corporate settings, but not for entrepreneurship. Sara Blakely, the creator of Spanx, Debbie Fields, the creator of Mrs. Fields Bakeries, and Marian Ilitch, the creator of Little Caesars Pizza, are all successful female entrepreneurs who started their careers with nothing but a dream and a mission.
10. Successful people care more about money than I do.
Love it or hate it, the world is fueled by money. We need it, that’s why we work. However, entrepreneurs are motivated by much more than money. They are passionate about what they do and they love it. They have the flexibility and independence of being in charge of their own futures. They’re driven by the dream of making a difference in the lives of others. After all is said and done, the money they earn is just a nice bonus.
In conclusion, there are no worse lies in life than the ones we tell ourselves. If your initial assumptions about a fact are incorrect, everything else that follows will be wrong as well. Self-deception is the worst barrier to personal success imaginable. For every 100 excuses you can offer as to why you cannot succeed; only one reason is required to convince yourself that anything is possible. Every day, people with less capability and more disadvantages than you have made the transition to a successful and independent life. Seize the moment to act!