The last tip of this series was delayed a bit. There just aren't enough hours in the day, right?! Well, in all honesty, I knew that I would be writing this entry late in the night. My day was pretty planned out, all-in-all. Mommy duties put a few hiccups in my schedule but most everything fell within schedule.
So why did the blog get left for the last hours of the night? Because I write more thoughtfully and clearly when I am relaxed and I knew that if I had all the MAJOR tasks done, I would feel relaxed. And therefore more capable of writing a worthy entry...one worth posting! I was aiming for 10 pm, but it's closer to 11 pm now. That's okay. I've learned that when it comes to managing time, there are often days when you have to roll with the punches and just go with the flow.
Being an entrepreneur demands flexibility. And so I am. But being flexible isn't just relegated to entrepreneurs. It is a mindset and spirit to be adopted by everyone trying to make a difference in this world, whether a non-profit, a small business, or an individual. I like to call this the Entrepreneurial 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 your days with an open mind, flexibility, and the willingness to embrace change.
That's the entrepreneurial approach. Let's examine these characteristics a bit further, shall we?
An open mind - This is a huge part of it. Entrepreneurs usually learn as they go. Keeping an open mind allows you to receive. You WANT to receive advice, criticism, help, and support. The only way you will see these opportunities is to let go of the idea that you already know everything. So when you hear criticism, it allows you to illuminate. When someone offers you help, you accept with open arms. When someone offers you advice, you actually hear what they are saying.
Flexibility - Being okay with things not going exactly the way you planned will open doors for an entrepreneur. It's in the failures and the setbacks that we experience growth. Even in business. However, you have to be flexible enough to "bend" and go along with what's happening. You will grow on a professional and personal level. And maybe 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!
Embrace Change - This may seem a bit redundant after discussing flexibility, but here is the difference. Being flexible requires you to bend and go along with what's happening. Change might require a break so you fully embrace the new way of being. These changes can be transformational, therefore providing 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, in due time you will emerge a beautiful butterfly. With the ability to cover much larger spans of space because now you can fly...no longer crawling your way through life as a caterpillar.
To your Illumination,