It is later than I wanted it to be for getting my last tip of this series out to you all. Today, I had all sorts of things I needed to get done and of course there just aren't enough hours in the day, right?! Well, in all honesty, I knew that I would be writing this entry later tonight. I had my day pretty planned out. Though the baby put a few hiccups in my schedule, most everything happened when I had planned to have them completed. So why did the blog get left for the last thing of the night? I write more thoughtfully and clearly when I am relaxed. I knew that if I had all the MAJOR things of the day done, I would feel relaxed and then write a worthy entry...one worth posting! I thought I would be writing around 10:00 pm tonight, but it's closer to 11:00 pm now. That's okay. I've learned that when it comes to managing time, there are often days when you have to accept what is dealt to you, or roll with the punches, or just go with the flow.
Really, being an entrepreneur demands flexibility. So, I am. But, being flexible isn't just relegated to entrepreneurs. This mindset and spirit needs to be adopted by everyone trying to make a difference in this world, whether you are a non profit, a small business, or an individual . I like to call this time in our lives the Entrpreneurial Era. We live in a time where we all need to think and act much like entrepreneurs. Consider this an invitation to start taking the entrepreneurial approach in life, business and the pursuit of happiness. So what does that look like exactly?
TIP 7: Learn to navigate through your days with an open-mind, flexibility, and the willingness to embrace change.
That's basically the entrepreneurial approach. Let's examine these characteristics a bit further, shall we?
First, keeping an open mind. This is a huge part of being an entrepreneur. Entrepreneurs usually learn as they go and so, keeping an open mind allows you to receive. You WANT to receive, advice, criticism, help, and support. The only way you will see these sorts of opportunity is to let go of the idea that you already know everything. So when you hear criticism you can see the point. When someone offers you help, you accept with open arms. When someone offers you advice you really listen t o what they are saying.
Second is flexibility. Being okay with things not going exactly the way you planned, can also open doors for an entrepreneur. It's in the failures and the set backs that we experience growth. That is true for our business as well. However, you have to be flexible enough to see these things and "bend" and go along with what's happening. You will either grow as a business, or grow as a person, knowing it's time to move on to a new business idea. Here's a tip inside of a tip...entrepreneurs don't give up when they fail. They try and try again. So closing one business does not mean they are done. They look for the next big idea. I would adopt this characteristic as well!
Finally, embrace change. This may seem a bit redundant with being flexible, but here is the difference. Being flexible requires you to bend and go along with what's happening. Change requires you step out of the way completely for a new way and then you fully embrace the new way of being. These changes can be transformational and provide an exponential benefit to you and your business or organization. It can also be very painful to have to move away from an original concept or idea. But, with due time, you emerge as a beautiful butterfly able to cover much larger spans of space because now you can fly, rather than crawling your way through life as a caterpillar.