Think like an entrepreneur to energize your work and life!

-Go from bored to fired up, right where you are.
A few weeks ago, I attended a pitch night for entrepreneurs. Some ideas could have been better, but all the entrepreneurs shared one thing. They were on fire, excited about their company and how it could positively impact the world.

Being an entrepreneur is not only about starting a business. It’s a mindset that inspires you with a purpose and unleashes more of your potential. If your work or life feels bland, embrace these three core mindset shifts to go from bored to fired up right where you are.

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Passionate Purpose.
Entrepreneurs are driven by an idea that aligns with their highest values. They can’t wait to integrate the principles that make them stand tall with their goals. They have a passionate purpose that gives them a sense of autonomy and control over their lives as nothing else can.

How you can shift: Find a way to infuse your passion with some aspect of your life. If friendships and connecting bring you joy, think of ways to interact more with others at your job. Lead efforts to collaborate with other departments, join an employee volunteer program or plan weekly happy hours to get people together.

You don’t need to launch a start-up to understand how helping others succeed helps you succeed. When your values expand beyond your self-satisfaction to include others, you get double the energy and support.

Look at how mission statements are written for companies. Sara Blakely is the founder of the undergarment company Spanx. Her company aims to empower women, not just Sara Blakely, through innovative, comfortable, and body-positive products that help them look and feel their best.

Jeff Bezos is Amazon’s founder. Amazon’s mission is to be Earth’s most customer-centric company, not Earth’s most Jeff Bezos-centric company.

How you can shift: Consider how others benefit from what fires you up. If you love finding ways to stretch a dollar, apply your cost-cutting expertise where you work. Create a social media account sharing your tips.

Entrepreneurs are about innovation. Introducing something new requires a growth mindset of learning, flexibility and adaptability. Sometimes, the well-intentioned mantra, “You are enough,” has been misconstrued to mean you don’t need to grow. There’s no conflict between knowing your intrinsic value as a human being and embracing the need to improve and develop. 

How you can shift: Be a learner, not a defender. If someone challenges your ideas, be open to what you can learn and how you can apply it in the future. Be willing to modify anything if their objections are valid or find better communication methods to clarify your ideas.

As I watched those entrepreneurs pitch their hearts out that night, I reflected on my enthusiasm level. I admit I can be guilty of falling into the trap of going through the motions. But when I “pitch” my highest approach to myself – being passionately purposeful with a benefit to others and growth for myself – my energy soars to an entirely different level!

You don’t have to be an entrepreneur to experience energy and enthusiasm.

You have to think like one.

Til next time,

Work Your Authentic Genius.
Flourish with your own intelligence!

  1. What value or principle gets you excited?
  2. How can applying more of that to what you do to help other people?
  3. How could you grow by infusing this fire into more of what you do?

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