5 Mistakes New Entrepreneurs Make Their First Year
Updated: Jul 21
Entrepreneurs do not fall from the sky but they build skills of entrepreneurship within them. To be an entrepreneur, you have to...
avoid these kind of mistakes.
1.Getting distracted by others. If you’ve ever swam laps in a public pool, you will know how tempting it can be to get distracted by someone in the next lane swimming who is swimming faster than you. Everyone has their own unique purpose and path to walk in this world, so try to stay focused on your own lane — don’t worry too much about what other people are working on or whether they’re seemingly making more progress than you. You are doing things in your own time and in your own way, and that’s exactly how it’s supposed to be. 2. Forgetting to celebrate along the way. Most people reserve celebrations for when they’ve finally reached the finish line of a goal or dream. There’s absolutely no reason you can’t celebrate each baby step you take along the way. In fact, taking a moment to celebrate your incremental accomplishments is a sure-fire way to boost your spirits and replenish your well of motivation. 3. Putting your happiness on hold. Many of us put our happiness on hold until a mythical day in the future when we will be slimmer, wealthier, more successful, much-adored and have ticked off a suitable number of goals. This is problematic for two reasons. Firstly, this day of finally ‘having it all’ doesn’t exist — it’s not an attainable reality, as you will always be giving birth to new desires and goals, and therefore the goal posts will always be moving. Secondly, it’s critical to enjoy the journey towards your goals because the journey is all there really is — the journey is life itself. This very moment that is happening right now is the only time you get to truly experience life itself in all of its beauty, power and glory. Bonus traits for you 4. Trying to force your actions. There is a big difference between taking inspired action in the flow, and exerting huge amounts of effort to force yourself into action with gritted teeth. Approach even the smallest of tasks with an attitude of service, love, care and enjoyment, and you will be amazed at how effortlessly things will begin to unfold before your eyes. Better still, at the end of the day you will feel energized, rather than drained. 5. Losing sight of the bigger picture. Have you ever started out on the journey towards a goal, project or dream feeling hugely inspired and excited, only to loose steam and throw in the towel? It could be because you’ve forgotten about your big picture reason for taking action — the vision that you’re working towards, and the sweet feelings of joy, fulfillment or accomplishment you will experience in abundance once you’ve finished. Keep reminders of your bigger vision close by. When you loose focus, pause to reflect on what it would feel like to have already achieved your goal or dream <em>right now</em>. Try to embody this feeling for a few minutes, and let it spark a new wave of motivation inside of you.