Sunday, December 4, 2016

Employees and Entrepreneuers

According to the Bealstone, Inc. Leadership Notebook (a resource I received at my job a few months ago), there are various definitions and pointers that define and differentiate an "employee" from an "entrepreneur". (The following are paraphrased versions of said definitions and pointers.)

- Employees do things only because someone tells them to. Entrepreneurs just get the job done on their own accord.

- Employees take a paycheck at week's end. Entrepreneurs create their own paycheck.

- Employees only look for as big of an opportunity or role as they can get, and are only satisfied with just enough (or, as much as they can do) to get by. Entrepreneurs exceed what they think they can do, and are committed to it.

- Employees tend to focus on the problems in certain or various circumstances. Entrepreneurs always find a way to solve the problem. On that same note, employees tend to let circumstances define them, as well as react to them and blame them. Entrepreneurs define their circumstances and take control of them.

- Employees only work hard to impress their employers. Entrepreneurs work hard to impress (and top) themselves.

- Employees don't generally like getting out of their comfort zone. Entrepreneurs thrive on being outside their comfort zone.

I asked myself a few weeks ago, Is what I'm doing the behavior of an entrepreneur or the behavior of an employee? And can there be someone in between, or just one or the other? After hearing one of my mentor's speech the other day on what it means to have a winning mentality, it comes down to the following:

1. Don't compete with anybody but yourself. Go above and beyond what you've done. (For example, I hit a "personal best" at my job a few weeks ago, and made it a goal to exceed that "stepping stone". It's still in the works, but progress nonetheless.)

2. Keep your mental blinders on. Call your shots, and hold yourself accountable. (The same applies for others holding you accountable.) Make a list or schedule what you need to do and what's important for you to do now (e.g., books you're reading, meetings you're setting up, training coming up, etc.) and what's not important but secondary (e.g., movie nights, binge-watching Netflix, surfing your phone, etc.).

3. Along with the second point above, don't be afraid to talk the big picture of where you see yourself in one year, two years, five years, and so forth. For some, that means paying off their student loans from college. For others, it means reaching Management in six to twelve months. And for others, it means buying a house or a new car.

4. Lead from the front. Set the example your colleagues and/or leaders need to see in order to be successful. Work ethic and student mentality are two of the most important qualities and skills you can gain and grow in.

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