When did you decide to be an entrepreneur?
This always creates a pause because being an entrepreneur, it’s never a choice. It is just how it must be. Whether it’s by design since one invented a new product or necessity because one lost their job and needed an income.
Being an entrepreneur it just that - it’s being.
However, one can develop an entrepreneurial mind and utilize it to take advantage of what life brings your way. Preparing the soil for seeds of opportunity to take root so life continually blooms with success.
Visualize seeds that are caught in the trade winds which blow to new places taking root to grow exotic fruits surprisingly far from their origin. An entrepreneurial mind is fertile ground prepared with the intention of catching any opportunity that blows in and can take root.
The easiest way to demonstrate an entrepreneurial mind is to ask you to draw a circle on a piece of paper. Take out a blue pen and blank piece of paper and create a circle in the center. Now look at what you drew. How much of the page remains white? If you drew a single line in the form of a circle there probably is a lot of the page still white.
Now, try again and this time take the blue pen filling in all the white on the page except a white sphere in the center. Now compare to your first drawing. Does the color blue fill more of the page than white? Alternately, fill in the center of the page creating a blue sphere at the heart of the page leaving the outside white. Do the colors blue and white about equal?
Place the three drawings next to each other. They are all the same, right. Every page has a circle. Every page has blue and white. But they are also different representations of a blue circle. Also you could draw each again changing the size of the sphere filling more or less of the page with blue but at the core each drawing is the same, a circle created from a blue pen on white paper.
This is a simplistic representation of how one develops an entrepreneur mind to process opportunity.
Opportunity has many incarnations. It is multidimensional. An entrepreneur looks at the world from the outside in and eliminates everything that won't create a possibility then that is where they start to build their vision. Taking what others see or need and then finding ways to make if different but keeping its core identity so it looks familiar to the audience/customer.
I started my first business at age 12, cleaning people's houses. This morphed into a successful opportunity that generated enough cash to pay for university. That business led me to many other businesses, and most specifically to my current project, Trending50, educating the next generation of female entrepreneurs. Sharing how you can develop an entrepreneurial mind.
Trending50 began with the my 50th birthday on the horizon. I wanted a business that made a lasting impact on women’s lives. Empowering them to be a force in their own life by taking control of their careers, finances, and life path through learning about entrepreneurship.
I believe that the entrepreneurial mind is something where you find opportunity by what is left. You don't begin restricted by strict rules of what or how things can be done. There is no ending point with the entrepreneurial mind. The drawing may change but it retains its basic form.
And so is an entrepreneurial path. It may change. The road may widen or shrink, but it continues. With this type of mind, it is always about the journey.
Trending50 is helping women take that journey by developing content that doesn’t require large investments of money or time but asks women to develop on what they already possess, a fertile mind. We created a space for women to share their stories for other women to learn, take heart and succeed all through the mystery of possessing the entrepreneurial mind.