Personal Responsibility and the Entrepreneur Mindset
This post is about the role personal responsibility plays in the entrepreneur mindset, and how taking personal responsibility in every area of your business will play a major role in your success.
Understanding and deciding to take personal responsibility in your business will help you reach bigger goals at a faster pace.
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The Realities of Entrepreneurship
One of the realities of entrepreneurship is the obstacles and roadblocks you’ll encounter along your journey. Whether you’re building a traditional business all on your own or pursuing a home business through network marketing or direct sales, these obstacles and roadblocks are simply part of the process.
Being an entrepreneur is not always an easy journey. In fact, it rarely is. It is often lonely, discouraging, frustrating and there will be many days when you feel like you’re simply spinning your wheels and not moving forward at all.
These days happen to everyone. What separates the successful entrepreneurs from those who fail is how they respond in these situations.
When troubles arise, as I’ve already assured you they will, you have a choice: You can choose to blame these troubles on the economy, your customers & clients, your team, your upline, your company, your product, etc… OR you can choose to take 100% personal responsibility for what’s happening in your business.
Don’t get me wrong… when things aren’t going the way you’d like them to the ‘blame game’ is an easy one to play:
“If my company would just do __________, this wouldn’t be happening.”
“If my upline provided better training, I would know how to handle this situation.”
“If the economy was better in my city, it would be easier to get more customers.”
Maybe these things you say are even true. Regardless, choosing to blame any outside factor takes away your ability to quickly find and implement a solution.
The Cure to What Ails You
Personal responsibility is the cure to whatever ails you in your business.
It promotes creativity and solution-based thinking, two characteristics that are absolutely essential if you wish to be a successful entrepreneur.
When you take personal responsibility you put your business in your own hands, and that’s the only way to guarantee success.
Grant Cardone, in his book The 10X Rule, states, “Success is not something that happens to you, it’s something that happens because of you and because of the actions you take.”
Personal responsibility is all about accountability and assuming control for everything that happens in your business. People tend to avoid these things because the idea of believing you are responsible for everything that’s happened, is happening and will happen in your life can be scary — but it will also be a liberating shift in your mindset.
You see, you can’t control the things that happen to you. But when you adopt the belief that everything in life happens BECAUSE of you, you hold in your hands the ability to change the outcome. By taking personal responsibility you take back control of your story… you put the pen in your own hand and you have the power to write whatever you choose.
When something happens to you, you natural response is to take the stance of a victim. This might make you feel better short term, but it does nothing to actually solve your problem. And a synonym for successful entrepreneur is expert problem solver. When something happens because of you, you can skip the blame game and immediately move on to finding the solution to whatever problem you’ve encountered:
Don’t have enough people to talk to about your business? It’s because you haven’t been looking at expanding your network as a learnable skill and taking the actions to develop it.
Are people consistently taking advantage of you by not respecting your time? It’s because you’ve told them through your prior actions/responses that this treatment is acceptable, and haven’t taken the actions that show them how they’re allowed to treat you.
Feeling discouraged because you’re seeing others in your company advance to new ranks and grow their income while your own business remains stagnant? It’s because you’ve not yet taken the actions to build the mindset, belief and skills required to reach that level of success.
The bottom line is this: When things don’t go the way you want them to you can either play the blame game and stay stuck, or take personal responsibility and take action toward the solution that will move you past that point. This is true not only in your business, but in every area of your life whether it be your health, finances, relationships, spiritual life, etc.
You have created every single detail of your life through the mindset and beliefs you’ve acquired and the actions/inactions you’ve taken. This is actually good news because it means that to change any aspect of your life you simply need to expand your belief, change your mindset and/or acquire new skills. You are not a victim. You are in control.
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