Entrepreneurs are fueled by high octane ambition, but sometimes the entrepreneur fuel tank can get low. To realize their vision, they need to keep-up their ambition. We have provided tips for entrepreneurs, including how to bootstrap, manage risk and a guide to startup funding, but here are several tips to help entrepreneur’s re-fuel to keep charging full steam ahead:
Be Mentally Positive — When you feel ambitious, it’s as if you can take on the world; it’s like a positive high. You are mentally awake and ready to take on the world. One of the first steps of keeping motivated is to have a positive outlook. Take a look at Steve Jobs’ keynote speeches. He is constantly in awe of what he and his team at Apple have accomplished. The following video comically takes a look at his positive language:
Identify Bright Spots — Now that we understand ambition is partly rooted in positive thinking, identify those times you were in a positive mood. Was it getting out of the house? Was it trying something new? Was it spitballing with a friend or colleague? Was it taking some time for yourself? Whatever gets you in a positive mood can be a catalyst for motivation.
What is Your Prize? — Entrepreneurs are often faced by incremental failures that can be discouraging. These discouraging moments feel like signals saying it is not going to work. Mark Zuckerberg, founder of Facebook, was laughed at when he tried to convince college students Facebook was the next big thing. Why would I want to talk to my friends online when I can just walk down the hall, they mocked. Yet, Zuckerberg’s idea turned out to be a hell of a gold egg. His vision of what Facebook could be likely kept him on track.
Get Inspired — Tales of entrepreneurs that have made it work and all of the challenges they were forced to overcome can be inspiring. Think about what Steve Jobs must have gone through when Apple’s board gave him the boot. Imagine being deposed and then making an incredible return, which overshadowed his previous successes. You are not the first or last entrepreneur to overcome seemingly insurmountable challenges. To help you through them, reading the success stories, such as Art of the Start by Guy Kawasaki or The Secret by Rhonda Byrne, can be fuel to give you an extra boost.
Remind Yourself of Your Success — It took you two months of hard work to get published in the Wall Street Journal. Or, you have already developed a prototype of your product and sparked the interest of several investors. When focusing so much on the present and future goals, it’s easy to loose sight of our prior accomplishments. Reminding yourself of how far you’ve come can help you reboot and push forward.
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