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The Journey – Starting With Mindset As An Entrepreneur

Written by: Juan C. Olmedo, Executive Contributor

Executive Contributors at Brainz Magazine are handpicked and invited to contribute because of their knowledge and valuable insight within their area of expertise.

 
Executive Contributor Juan C. Olmedo

Launching a business is exciting yet a challenging journey for any entrepreneur. Beyond the enthusiasm that comes with starting a new venture, there are numerous challenges to overcome, risks to take, goals to meet, sacrifices to accept, and victories to celebrate. However, one core element often overlooked during this journey is the mindset of the entrepreneur. The right entrepreneurial mindset goes beyond just passion or having a great idea; it influences how you approach problem-solving, risk-taking, and decision-making in your business. In this article, we delve into why starting with the right mindset sets the stage for success as an entrepreneur – regardless of industry or niche -and explore some strategies that every budding entrepreneur should adopt in their journey towards creating their own successful enterprise.

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Overcoming imposter syndrome: Own your success


Imposter syndrome comes from the feeling of not being good enough, despite achievements a particular area. Rising above imposter syndrome starts with owning your success. Acknowledge your achievements and recognize that they are not just due to luck or chance but also your hard work and dedication. To rise above imposter syndrome, it's vital to reframe adverse self-talk into confident affirmations. Replace thoughts like "I don't deserve this" with "I worked hard for this." Surround yourself with supportive people who believe in you and remind you of your strengths. Remember, everyone experiences setbacks and failures on their journey; these should be viewed as opportunities for growth rather than reasons to doubt yourself.


Cultivate a growth mindset


A growth mindset permits one to approach challenges and setbacks with an attitude of learning and improvement, rather than failure or discouragement. It involves believing that one's abilities are developed through discipline and dedication, as opposed to being fixed traits determined by inherent talent. Having a growth mindset also means embracing setbacks as part of the entrepreneurial process. Rather than fearing failure or viewing it negatively, those with a growth mindset view it as an opportunity for valuable feedback and learning experiences. They use these lessons to fine-tune their strategies and improve their chances of success in future endeavors. Investing time in cultivating this type of mentality will not only benefit entrepreneurs in their businesses but have positive impacts on their personal lives as well. By adopting a growth mindset, individuals are better equipped to handle challenges that arise both professionally and personally, leading to increased resilience, confidence, and overall fulfillment.


Managing stress and burnout


Managing stress and burnout is critical for entrepreneurs to ensure they can sustain themselves during the journey of building a business. Stress is an inherent part of entrepreneurship, stemming from financial pressures, deadlines, market competition and many other factors. Burnout occurs when stress becomes chronic and overwhelming, leading to exhaustion, disengagement, and reduced productivity. To manage stress and avoid burnout as an entrepreneur, it's essential to prioritize self-care, by being intentional with exercise, sleep and spending time with loved ones. It's also crucial to maintain a work-life balance by setting boundaries around your work hours and taking breaks throughout the day to recharge. Delegating tasks whenever possible can help relieve pressure on yourself while developing trust in others. Ultimately managing stress requires discipline regarding prioritizing health over work at times while recognizing that achieving success does not need one’s physical or mental well-being in peril. Entrepreneurs who manage their stresses effectively often find renewed enthusiasm for their businesses due to personal gains in life quality maintenance that fuels them towards growth instead of causing burnouts that hinder development plans daily impacting performance results negatively.


Developing resilience


Bouncing back from challenges, setbacks or failures that come with the journey = resilience. Building resilience does not necessarily mean being immune to stress, but it involves having effective coping mechanisms that enable one to manage stress levels and maintain focus amid chaos. To acquire resilience as an entrepreneur, individuals need to embrace a positive mindset towards failure. This includes reframing their views about failure as an opportunity for learning and growth rather than seeing it as defeat or weakness. Entrepreneurial success stories are riddled with tales of failed ventures before eventual breakthroughs- meaning failing is essential to the entrepreneurial journey.

Therefore developing resilience entails acknowledging your weaknesses, practicing self-care procedures like meditation, or taking up hobbies outside work and surrounding yourself with supportive networks.


The entrepreneur's loneliness


Despite the excitement of creating something from nothing, entrepreneurship is often a lonely journey. The demands of starting and running a business can consume one's time, energy, and attention, leaving little room for socializing or relaxation. Furthermore, the weight of responsibility that comes with being solely responsible for the success (or failure) of your venture can take its toll emotionally and mentally. For many entrepreneurs, this isolation is compounded by the fact that few people in their social circles truly understand what they're going through. Friends may be supportive but unable to provide meaningful advice on how to navigate difficult decisions or handle setbacks. Family members may worry about financial stability or scoff at unconventional career choices. In some cases, even fellow business owners may not be willing to share their struggles out of fear of appearing weak or incompetent. As such, it's essential for entrepreneurs to find ways to build supportive networks outside their usual spheres in order to combat feelings of loneliness and maintain mental wellbeing throughout their entrepreneurial journeys.


Build a supportive network


A strong network can provide valuable advice, resources, and connections that can open doors for your business. It’s important to surround yourself with individuals who are knowledgeable in your industry or have experience in entrepreneurship themselves. These mentors and advisors can offer guidance and help you avoid common pitfalls. In addition to finding mentors, networking events and groups can also be helpful in building relationships with potential customers or partners. Networking allows you to form meaningful connections with others and establish trust, which can lead to new opportunities for growth. Overall, creating a supportive network is essential in navigating the ups and downs of entrepreneurship.


Celebrate small wins


Small Wins are victories that provide a sense of accomplishment, no matter how seemingly insignificant they may be. They act as steppingstones towards achieving bigger goals and help to boost the morale of both the individual entrepreneur and their team. Moreover, celebrating small wins enables entrepreneurs to learn from their successes, making it easier to replicate them in the future. Additionally, this approach helps individuals avoid feeling overwhelmed by larger challenges since accomplishing smaller tasks creates momentum that propels an individual towards tackling more significant obstacles. To sum up, celebrating small wins should be a crucial aspect of every entrepreneur's mindset. It provides motivation and inspiration while offering insights into what has been successful so far in your venture. Doing so will not only make your achievements more enjoyable but also allow you to continue growing both personally and professionally over time as you take on new challenges.


Conclusion: Mental well-being of an entrepreneur to build great businesses


In conclusion, cultivating and maintaining positive mental wellbeing is crucial for the success of any entrepreneur. Mental health impacts every aspect of an individual's life, from their relationships to their work performance. Entrepreneurs who prioritize self-care and seek support when needed are better equipped to handle the inevitable challenges that arise during the business journey. Taking steps such as practicing mindfulness, exercising regularly, prioritizing restful sleep, and seeking therapy or counseling, if necessary, can contribute greatly to a healthy mindset. Additionally, surrounding oneself with a supportive network of like-minded individuals can offer valuable guidance and encouragement during tougher times. Ultimately, recognizing that a strong entrepreneurial mindset requires attention both inside and outside of work is essential in building successful businesses. By investing in themselves first, entrepreneurs create more sustainable paths towards growth and stability in their ventures.


A Southern California Business Advisory and Coaching firm, Nexera Business Advisors, seeks to empower entrepreneurs with a growth mindset that unlocks their full potential, and make meaningful contributions to their communities. Led by Juan C. Olmedo, a seasoned business owner with 18 years under his belt, Nexera Business Advisors provides high-performance strategies and tools that enable its clients to overcome obstacles, take bold action, and achieve success. With the goal of developing long-term business relationships, Mr. Olmedo shares his almost 20 years in entrepreneurship with passion.


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Juan C. Olmedo, Executive Contributor Brainz Magazine

Juan C. Olmedo, is a Latino Tech Entrepreneur, High Performance Coach, & CEO of Nevtis Companies. Entrepreneur-minded since the age of 15, started first official business at 22 years of age and grew it to a $2 Million dollar a year company with 20 employees. Started subsequent business tech business at 25 and sold it just 5 years later. Have since started or invested in 6 other companies ranging from tech, telecom, construction, insurance, and digital marketing with a combined employment of 80 full time staff. Currently CEO at Nevtis Corp, a UCaaS Software provider. Being through virtually every stage of starting, and scaling million dollar companies, Mr. Olmedo uses his acquired knowledge of almost 20 years.

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