Good Tuesday morning to you. I’m very excited about the theme this week. We are covering the idea of entrepreneurialism and how the United States was built on it. Today I want to cover something that the true entrepreneurs have as a character trait that makes them the greats they are.
Most people think that entrepreneurs are people who start and create million or billion dollar businesses. Well that is one type of entrepreneur. But today I’m focusing on one particular character trait of successful entrepreneurs: it is to do whatever is necessary to achieve their dreams, to find ways to support their dreams and make them happen and to persevere through failures and learn from them.
I’m talking about the musician who loves making music so much that he works a job washing dishes at a local breakfast joint from 5 am till noon. He then goes home sleeps for four hours and gets up to prepare to play at a club that night until 2 am. Then sleeps for two hours before he gets up and does all over again. He loves his music and is determined to make it work so he is willing to create ideas to keep himself going until his music takes off.
I’m talking about the man who takes a leadership role in a local social club or group that he is passionate about with a plan to grow the club and make it enjoyable for all the members. He does this to make the time members spend at events entertaining and to encourage more people to join the group.
The key part of being a successful entrepreneur is taking ownership of what they are involved in. When I was 21 years old, I worked two jobs just to keep food on the table sometimes. I had a boss named Frank. He was the first person I worked for that taught me the value of entrepreneurialism. Frank started his company by taking a tow truck and having a team that was willing to keep that truck running 24 hours a day. He told me when I worked my shift that I was to run that business like I owned it. This is a key to being an entrepreneur.
In our world today it has become far too easy to blame others for the mistakes and take credit for the victories. Well if you look at people who are a huge success, they all take ownership of what they do. They are not afraid to say “I messed up; let me get a plan together to get this fixed.”
So today is the first day of the rest of your life. It’s time for you to take ownership of what you do. When you make a mistake, review what you did wrong and learn from it. The greatest value of a failure is what you learn not to do. When you are successful at something then you can take the credit, but use it to build also. Those who become great build on their successes; they don’t just stop and become proud of it.
As you look at your own life now, what goals have you reached this year so far? Have you started to take a plan to take them to the next level? What failures have you learned from? Have you become a victim of the blame game? Stop blaming others and start to blame yourself. This is the first thing you must learn to build your life as the entrepreneur that becomes the RockStar. Where to place blame so you can make the changes you need to reach success.
I’m Tim Gillette, the Rocker Life Coach. It’s time for you to live a life you always dreamed about. Love what you do and enjoy the journey, and with each step of the journey, become a RockStar in your world.