by Keith E. Smith
I want to share something with you about a mindset that is close to my heart and has affected my life in a multitude of ways - all positive. It is a mindset that will lead you to success, and not just in your current job, but in any job you may have in the future. The mindset I am speaking of is that of an Intrepreneur. An Intrepreneur is much like an Entrepreneur, only instead of creating and running a business from scratch, an Intrepreneur works within an existing business, yet behaves as if it is their own. An Intrepreneur exercises the same courage and boldness as someone who is an Entrepreneur and will always be found looking for, or creating, solutions that lead to success.
If you are currently employed and want to advance your career, this is how you do it. Whatever your role is, if you start doing and giving more value than what you are being paid for, it will be noticed and you will move upward. If you have the misfortune of working for a company that does not acknowledge and reward such behavior, then you will still move forward because you will know to leave that company and find one that does. Either way, you win.
You see, this isn’t about a job. This is about you and what you want for your life. This is about you building habits within yourself that will carry you to excellence, not only in your current job, but wherever you may go in the future. You will always have a choice. You can settle, take it easy and only do just enough to get by, or you can push yourself and give your very best in everything you do.
By now, you are aware that the old model of “go to school, get a job, work for twenty years and retire with a pension” is dead. It’s been dead for a long time, though some refuse to accept it. These days you must stand out from the crowd. I am convinced that there are two ways to make it in the 21st century. You must be an Entrepreneur or an Intrepreneur. You can be either one, but you must be one or the other. Otherwise you may find that life will stagnate and you end up hitting a wall. Not everyone is cut out for entrepreneurship and the risks involved with starting a business. That’s okay, and never let anyone convince you that to be anything else is somehow inferior. You can be fulfilled and make great money working for an existing company.
You should treat your current job as if it is your business, because in the end it is. It’s the business of feeding yourself and your family. It’s the business of you being fulfilled. It’s the business that provides the fuel (funds) for whatever dream you may be chasing. Take ownership of your role. Ask yourself questions such as “How can I make this better?” and “What if we did it this way?” Invest your energy and passion into it and refuse to settle for “good enough”.
Understand that it is your thoughts and actions that make or break you. If you adopt an Intrepreneur mindset, I promise you that you will reap the benefits. Do this and I promise you that life will be exciting again and you will reach heights that you never thought were possible. Believe it. Don’t do this and you may find yourself dissatisfied, unfulfilled and dreading to go to work.
Why am I sharing this? I share it because I care about you and your family. I care about your dreams and your goals for your life. Personal and professional. I care about you experiencing a life of fulfillment and satisfaction. I share it because I want you to see the incredible potential you possess. You have come far, but you can go much further.
Remember, it’s not about a job, or starting a business. It’s about you building the habits and discipline that will deliver to you the very best of life. It’s about you having a mindset to win.
Believe that you deserve the very best and that you’re worth it.
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