Listed below are 5 steps that should be examined as you seek how to become an entrepreneur.

  • Vision / Why

Learning how to become an entrepreneur begins with the reason why you want to become an entrepreneur. It is important that you define this... and its got to be more than the desire for money, because money is just a tool.

Spend some time defining your reason WHY. There are a million reasons and any suggestion I make would possibly cheat your own exploration of why you want to become an entrepreneur. Take a journal and spend sometime alone. In the middle of the paper, write down the word "WHY." Right down the random thoughts that come to you as you look at that word. Spend some time on this. Once you feel you have truly determined your reason why, it's time to clean it up and produce a clearly written vision statement. This is the foundation and a critical step that you don't want to miss, because you will rely on your vision to get you through every obstacle.

To form your vision, picture your reasons that you wrote concerning your WHY, see them being manifested in the future. What does it look like? Write down specifically what it looks like and this will be the formation of your vision statement. Here is the important part- You Can Trick Your Mind. To truly see your vision become reality, your mind has to see your vision as reality. To do this, write your vision statement in the present tense. When you read it, you will read it as if it's occurring right now. Once you finalize your vision statement, read it every morning and every evening- pretty soon your unconscious mind will believe that you are there and you will begin making decisions voluntarily and involuntarily as if you are realizing your vision at the very moment.

  • Self-Mastery

Self-mastery is nothing other than having personal discipline. By far, this is probably the hardest part of any person's entrepreneurial journey. While your unconscious mind is being tricked to see your vision as reality, you will still have to follow through on actually doing the things that need to be done.

You need to have the discipline to fight laziness and procrastination, the discipline to fight fear and still take action. You see, the first person you will ever have to lead and manage is yourself.

Self-Mastery is accomplished by setting up an accountability system. First, you need to write down the things that need to be done. Then you need to have some way to ensure that you do them and to record your progress. Some people use must-do lists, calendar markings, digital notes... you just have to find something that works for you. In addition, it helps to have an accountability partner- someone who knows your goals and deadlines and isn't afraid to call you out.

Self-mastery also includes making sure you keep your attitude and mindset going in the correct direction. This requires a constant stream of positive influence coming into your life. Whether it's utilizing personal development materials or trusting in new friendships and relationships that give you a positive mental boost, you need to have positive things being put in front of you. You know the old saying, "Garbage In, Garbage, Out." Well, that's true for your mind as well. Don't let your spirit and mind be a dumping ground. Eliminate the negative influences in your life (you can control most of these things).

  • Relationships

Despite one trivial, minor, and ultra-small exception (you), the world is comprised of others. You can't learn how to become an entrepreneur without figuring out how to enlist the help of others. The first two steps covered your dream, but you can't do it without at team. The concept of a self-made man is really a misnomer. Man is not designed, nor capable of doing everything by his self. We all have different skill-sets, abilities, opportunities, and desires. It truly takes teamwork to make a dream work.

Relationship building is probably the most important skill an entrepreneur will ever learn. Learning how to become an entrepreneur is really learning how to become a people person. This is probably the first personal development program I would encourage a budding leader or entrepreneur to invest in at first.

Building relationships begin with getting better at communicating. It would be well to understand that we have two ears and one mouth- meaning that we should listen twice as much as we talk. Improving your communication with others will ultimately provide you with the capability of building a huge network. Entrepreneurs form huge networks of people that they can rely on and inter-operate in for achieving

Published by Reed Cooper