The Entrepreneurial Mindset and What it Means to You

by Craig McBreen · 6 comments · Breaking out, Business


The-entrepreneurial-mindsetI recently listened to Jonathan Fields interview Marie Forleo on his Good Life Project podcast.

An older show I’ve been meaning to listen to for months.

I learned about Marie’s history, spirit, and mindset. And how she’s built such a successful business in a relatively short period of time.

But the golden nuggets came near the end of the discussion when the conversation turned to something we all need to embrace – an entrepreneurial mindset.

Many are finally realizing they don’t have to be a mere cog in the wheel, and that this particular frame of mind is the only way forward.

And I’m not just thinking about those venturous souls who risk it all to start a business.

No, I see a young woman who spends all her spare time learning how to master video and the world of YouTube, all to make her company more money.

I’m envisioning a 50-year-old guy who decides he wants to start a Kickstarter campaign to fund a project that allows anyone in any small third world village to grow food using hydroponic technology.

And I am now conjuring up a 30-something marketing director who realizes she can create a writing business on the side, all while bringing way more value to her current employer.

Here’s what this mindset is about …

Realizing that no matter where you are, what you do, or how long you’ve been employed doing just one thing, you can strike out at any moment.

And by striking out I don’t mean quitting. No, quite the contrary.

This new type of explorer could be a renegade at a Fortune 500 company. Someone fully embracing the digital tools and technology, but doing so in a unique, creative way.

This modern adventurer could be a homemaker who’s fascination with food leads to a blog, a book, and the most creative Youtube / Foodie videos ever.

Or maybe it’s a photographer who’s a gifted writer, and uses this skill to give other creative souls a jumpstart in the form of a story-seed.

This is THE entrepreneurial spirit for a new age.

And here’s why I think this mindset is a must …

Like it or not, many traditional jobs are eroding at an accelerating rate. Technology, outsourcing and those cute little robots are making sure of it. And … all of us know, we ain’t seen nothin’ yet.

So, as mere humans how do we survive in this mind-bending, what-is-around-the-corner, super-advanced-technology-driven economy?

Creativity.

Creativity shall flourish and those who embrace it, modern renaissance men and women, they shall inherit the earth or at least survive and thrive in the science fiction novel we’ll soon be living in.

Get busy.

Try a new content marketing plan for your business, but don’t do what everyone else is doing. Use Ryan Hanley’s 3-C methodology as an idea-seed, just put your own stamp on it.

Sit down and read “The Four Hour Work Week,”  just don’t take it so literally :) You could take many valuable little chunks from that book and tweak, refine and polish to make them all your own.

Stop thinking like a marketing manager, blogger or business owner.

Start thinking like a kick-ass, energetic, I’m-so-full-of-ideas-I-can’t-sleep, entrepreneur and see where it gets you.

Adopt this mindset and see how far you go.

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Ryan Biddulph May 22, 2014 at 2:55 am

Excellent Craig. As within so without. Spend time working on your mind then dive into your day to see success. So much of this gig is seeing good in all you do, trusting, detaching, and creating value and friendships. Work on your mental game to make it happen. Thanks!
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Craig McBreen May 22, 2014 at 5:14 pm

Hi Ryan,

Thanks! Dive into your day, every day. Be authentic and network every day. All good :)

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Jens-Petter Berget May 22, 2014 at 3:22 am

Hey Craig,

I have been thinking about following Jonathan Field’s project for a long time, but now, after reading your post, I know I’ll finally end up doing it. I have been following Marie Forleo for a while, and she’s amazing.

I’m a bit worried about the future for many businesses in Norway. I can’t see that many of the people I’m talking to, I’m refering to the top executives, are doing anything to keep up with what’s happening in the world. Like you said, it’s changing rapidly, and we need to keep working hard to keep up and to explore future oportunities.

On the other hand, many are focusing on creating strong relationships, and I don’t believe the value of that will change. What’s changing is how you create those relationships.

-Jens
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Craig McBreen May 22, 2014 at 5:12 pm

Hey Jens,

Love the podcasts and most of the guests are very interesting.

I don’t believe the value of strong relationships will change either. That’s a must and we now have way more opportunities to do so … like me staying in touch with someone in Norway ;)

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Adrienne May 29, 2014 at 1:07 pm

Hey Craig,

I bet that was a good interview. As you may know, I finished B-School last month so I got to learn more about Marie throughout this course. I had known some of what she’s accomplished but she shared her story with us and she definitely has drive and determination. She set out to prove that people want to put us in a box and label us but that’s just not right. That doesn’t mean that we have to play by the rules or do as they say because that’s how all the “other” successful people did it.

We definitely have to just have that want bad enough and then do what it takes to go after it. I so admire those that wanted something better and did it their way. That just motivates the heck out of me.

Great share and thanks.

~Adrienne
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Craig McBreen May 29, 2014 at 7:49 pm

Hi Adrienne,

Yes, very good. Glad you made it through Marie’s boot camp ;)

“She set out to prove that people want to put us in a box and label us but that’s just not right.” < Agreed, and I hate that, and love playing by my own rules. Agree with everything you’ve written here and I’m sure I’d do okay at that B-School, even if I was the only guy ;)

Glad you got something out of it all and I wish you the best of luck moving forward. Onward and upward!

Thank you for the visit!

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