The Entrepreneur Vs. The Victim
I've Met Too Many Business Owners Who Weren't Entrepreneurs
I love working with Entrepreneurs. These days, every one of my clients is one. Most own their own business... a few don't. But they all have the spirit that defines the Entrepreneur: initiative, inspiration, commitment, and dedication. They have Big Ideas, and a general passion to create something out of nothing, to help the world be a better place, and to create wealth for themselves and others while doing it.
There are basically two types of people out there in the business world. Even though I'm aware that we all have both types within us, and that we might lean more or less in our dominant direction as circumstances change in our lives, I've learned that one or the other type dominates each of us. I'm talking about the Entrepreneur, and the Victim.
Victims sit around and wait for things to happen to them. Entrepreneurs make things happen, every day, for themselves and for others.
Victims rely on others (primarily Entrepreneurs) to take care of them. Entrepreneurs take care of themselves, take care of others, and generally take care of business.
Victims complain... Entrepreneurs proclaim. Victims criticize... Entrepreneurs capitalize. Victims always have problems. Entrepreneurs create solutions.
Without Entrepreneurs, Victims would be out of business... but the reverse does not apply. And that's why I'm happy to have the luxury of choosing my clientele, and why a person who can't pull themselves out of their victimhood is not qualified to be my client.
It's not arrogance. It's specialization. I help Entrepreneurs realize their dreams, and accomplish even more than they thought they could. There are lots of coaches out there who try hard to help Victims, and the better ones even do. (The unscrupulous ones play on their clients' victimhood, but there aren't too many of those out there making a living in coaching.) If you are a Victim, find one of those generous people! Or, better yet, change your mindset to one of Entrepreneurial initiative, and then anyone (including yourself) can be a great coach for you.
Think about your own mindsets and behaviors. Have someone who knows you hold up the mirror of feedback so that you can fairly evaluate yourself. Are you really the hard-charging Entrepreneur you think you are? Do you back up bold thinking with bold action? Are you willing to lay it all on the line for your mission?
Unfortunately, too many business owners are involved with non-serious online opportunities. They have been told they can invest a few dollars for a "start up kit," work an hour or two a day, and watch the money flow in. It doesn't work that way. Serious entrepreneurs who make serious TEAM investments (time, energy, attention, and money) can create incredibly lucrative businesses online that help lots of people and make lots of money. And, once the business is up-and-running, it is possible to leverage technology to allow the operator to live a true lifestyle of freedom while running a truly lucrative business. But success in any business requires the spirit of an Entrepreneur. Too many "business owners" behave more like Victims, waiting around for good things to happen to them, and ready to blame "the system" when their business (predictably) fails.
If your zeal is lacking a little, you can fix that. Take personal responsibility to dig into your own motivations, your own beliefs (especially about yourself), and your own values. Renew your passion for your mission, and you'll find that even the tough world in which we live will be unable to knock you down.