It is said that the greatest commandment for entrepreneurship is continuous learning, growth and general self-improvement. Elon Musk and Mark Cuban are just some examples of successful entrepreneurs committed to improving themselves by reading and learning from everyone they meet. Several people see the idea of self improvement as a pointless activity and shy away from it. But the reality is that we all need this and some of us resist because we are scared of tackling our personal junk. Regardless of who you are and what you do, we could all do with some improvement. Entrepreneurs are no exception and probably need self improvement more than most other people. If you want to be successful in your entrepreneurial endeavours, you must devote time to bettering yourself, not just to progress in business, but to keep up with the constant changes in your industry. You will need to make some changes to your belief system as well as how you think and act. If you look at the most successful entrepreneurs of our time, like I mentioned earlier, it is clear that personal development is a huge part of their lives. This is no coincidence.
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Why self-improvement is critical
As an entrepreneur, do you ask yourself what your goal is. What do you aim to achieve? Answers vary from person to person. Some people want to leave a legacy, some want money and fame and others want to answer to no one but themselves.
The next question that demands an answer is “How do you achieve that?” there are also several possible answers here as well. Talent and witty thinking; constant innovation and creativity; hard work and hustle. These are some of the most popular recipes for entrepreneurial success. But all those answers come from the basic need for self-improvement. The only way to be sure of entrepreneurial success is to keep getting better at whatever you do.
Letting go of self-imposed limitations
What you believe is a very powerful thing because It sets the stage for every other thing we do in life. To be a successful entrepreneur, one must adopt a set of beliefs that are not common. These beliefs, if they are held by many people, would allow them be happier and live the kinds of lives they truly want. If you weren’t fortunate enough to grow up around people with mindset directed towards success, personal responsibility and abundance, then yourbeliefs are most probably blocking your professional success. We can only adopt more empowering beliefs when we make a conscious effort to do so and this requires self-examination, study and finding tools that help us make this mental shift.
How to improve
Now that we see that self-improvement is critical for success as an entrepreneur, you could be asking “How exactly do i start on this road to self-improvement?” Outlined here is one process you can follow.
- First, accept that self improvement is a necessity. Coming to the realization that you must improve to succeed is key to achieving your goals.
- Schedule time everyday for self-improvement activities. If you don’t schedule time for it, you’re not doing it, period. Begin with a minimum of thirty minutes each day and increase it with time.
- The ideal time for self-improvement is at the start of each day. This sets the tone for the rest of the day and gives you a “success mindset”.
- Always be on the lookout for ways to develop yourself. Form the habit of asking for books and other resources that help you be better. Ask people whom you admire for success material recommendations so you can get the same kind of self-improvement as them.
Be on the lookout for books, podcasts, coaches, blogs and online courses as these are some of the most popular sources of self-improvement material.