Guest Post: Inside the Mind of an Entrepreneur

When I read this, it resonated so much, that I was instantly compelled to make this my guest post for this week!

Joris is an entrepreneur who recently started a business called Red Rooster Catfish. His blog is “Catfishianado” 😉

He’s got a unique spin  – he says there are 5 MENTAL rooms inside an entrepreneur’s mind, and a true entrepreneur must learn how to guard the doors of each room and think in a certain way order to achieve their goals.  He includes one room at the end that I NEVER see anyone else talk about enough…

Enjoy!

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Inside the Mind Of An Entrepreneur
by Joris Washington

It’s hard to make up your bed while you’re still sleeping in it.  Hard to make up your mind for the same reason.

Welcome to the mind of an entrepreneur!  Do you realize what it takes to receive an idea, visualize it, plan it, and act on it with ferocity in order to bring it to life and prosper?  There is an enormous difference between wanting to do something and being able to make a living at doing that something.  The tools needed for such an endeavor can’t be purchased at a store, leased online or borrowed from your friend.  You either have the weapons or “tools”needed for day-in and day-out operations for achievement or you don’t.  It’s as simple as that.  Let’s go inside the mind of an entrepreneur to see what exists, shall we?

Knock Knock!  The 10 foot steel doors of the entrepreneurial mind creep open  as the sound of, “State your request!”, immediately resonates upon entry.  You see, this type of mind checks everything at the door to both validate importance and determine whether a quick eviction is warranted.  There are many things going on within this multi-roomed amphitheater of activity, so nonsense, negativity and trojan horses that come in many forms are quickly hooked and pulled out.  Ok, I see you’ve been allowed to continue the tour.  Let’s take a stroll of the room that provides the fuel need to start everything…COURAGE.

Are you willing to risk it all on something you think will work?  Are you willing to skip weekends and holidays?  Are you willing to lose sleep while playing out hundreds of scenarios in your mind relative to what might happen if you do this or that?

Well, in this particular room, all of the above is considered and accepted as the cost needed to be paid in order to overcome any and all obstacles.

The credo in the room of courage requires that once you’ve fueled up, there is no turning back.  In order to confirm that you’re “bout it, bout it” regarding this challenge, all bridges crossed to get to this point have been blown up.  Yes, [GULP]….blown.    Two choices:  Forward progress or stagnation.  Remember?  No turning back!  Would you still like to continue the tour?  Next up…FAITH

Now that you have the courage needed, it is imperative that FAITH is loaded and carried in large amounts.

However, this special ingredient won’t arrive with the speed of ordering fast food.

In this room, you cannot move any further until you’re truly connected to a higher source only you can explain.  The higher connection I’m speaking on is like no other.

You can’t buy, beg or borrow it, nor can you predict the amount of time it takes to acquire.

All I know about the room of Faith is that nothing can be manifested without it.  If you think  I’m lying, try it.  I guarantee you within a very short period of time, failure will be calling you on a first name basis (with a smile).

Faith is a very special thing to possess.  Again, time lines for solid aquisition may vary individually based on the amount of bags or bag”gage” one carries in other hidden closets of the mind.  Meanwhile, let’s move on to the next room…COMMITMENT

You’re fueled up on courage, loaded out with faith, and now ready to confirm to yourself and the world your intentions.

If you define commitment, it’s about a pledge or an obligation, right?

This is where all the talk, ra ra and whoop di whoop ends.  A new vocabulary starts with removing what if, maybe and might while replacing with who, where, what time and let’s negotiate.  Here’s a few basic commitments to affirm:

  1. Commitment to values – this is your core, if you work with commitment to your values, you will work your hardest.
  2. Commitment to goals – successful people set goals, but setting goals is nothing if you don’t stick with them.  (Sound familiar?)
  3. Commitment to action – every single day you need to commit an action towards your goals.
  4. Commitment to continuous improvement – it’s about being your best and maintaining integrity and pride.

Put these four commitments in your pocket and get to steppin in the direction of whatever it is you’re out to accomplish.  You’re getting there!  Next up……ACTION!

All the plans, prayers and chants in the world are absolutely worthless without action.

In this room, prepare for actual “hands on” combat.

Picture it as a boxer’s first fight after training hard for 6-8 weeks.  You’re not afraid and ready for action.  You’re connected to a Higher Power.  You’re committed to winning, and now it’s time to kick some ass or get your ass kicked.

What’s important to know is if you’re acting on it, everything you’ve envisioned has now started to move in your direction.  By the way, don’t worry about getting hit, because you will.  In fact, the first time you get kicked in the ass real hard, it brings out even more determination in you.  ACTION!

The last location for touring is the mental room of RELAXATION.

This is also mandatory in keeping one refreshed in order to tackle challenges with efficiency.

The moment you’re saying you “don’t have time”, you’re in trouble because time spent is actually controlled by you, and not the other way around.

Find time to immerse yourself in those things that contribute to your overall well being such as  meditating, catch up on your reading, go for a walk, camp out, etc.  If you don’t take the time to reset, I can assure you that burnout, whining, complaining and incessant sickness will follow.

Courage, faith, commitment, action and relaxation…These are the mental rooms frequently occupied by the entrepreneur, and every little thing I do, Red Rooster Catfish is on my mind.

Catfishianado out!

Happy Birthday Jonique!  I love you.

(And WE love this post Catfishianado!)

Joris is the Head Rooster in Charge at Red Rooster Catfish (http://www.RedRoosterCatfish.com) in San Diego, CA. He blogs over at Catfishianado: http://www.Catfishianado.com

 

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