Very wealthy (and successful) entrepreneurs seem to have a major symptom of “who cares what other people think” and when exercised seems to put them in a class of their own. This symptom is the result of doing three things.
Successful Entrepreneurs Are Never Afraid To Ask For Help & Take The Advice
A lesson that may take long to learn for start-up entrepreneurs, but if learned early will get them leap-years ahead of competition, asking for help. Often the ego gets the best of us and we think we know it all, heck, we’ve done the research, it’s “our” idea, “our vision,” we must know what’s best. This is not true, in fact, this is the attitude that will keep you stagnate. Use the power of people, people want to help, and well-off individuals know this.
High achievers will go out of their way to try and learn from the best, they are willing to accept the “apprentice” title if it means they will one day become the “master.” This is a tough mental challenge since as a human you don’t want to appear “weak” to other people. However, it’s been proven that people who are willing to learn far succeed those who think they know it all (even if the “know-it-all” is a genius). The knowledge and perspectives gained from various different people will far outweigh that of one highly intelligent person.
Successful Entrepreneurs Put Themselves in Vulnerable Positions (Embarrass Themselves)
Confidence is a must for any measure of success, however it goes one step further than that for highly successful people. They are willing to sacrifice there “self-image” to grow their business. They do things that some may seem as embarrassing, they often beat to the sound of their own drum, they feel they have to in order to stand out from the crowd. Entrepreneurs understand the game of vulnerability, since most have failed, and have been embarrassed many times before reaching their pinnacle.
A perfect example, Sir Richard Branson, when his Virgin conglomerate was younger, he would do crazy stunts to gain recognition for the business with little capital. His son states that he’d be scared and wouldn’t even understand why Branson did some of these stunts. These stunts include attempting to go on a hot air balloon across the Pacific Ocean, or the fastest Atlantic Ocean passing whereby he became stuck and needed to be rescued. The stunts gained major media coverage.
Highly successful entrepreneurs are willing to “get out there” in a sense they’re trusting of the world.
Another example, entrepreneur Gurbaksh Chahal when starting off was only around 18 when he made over $40 million, however, when having board meetings with other executives, he’d lie about his age to seem older. Although being 18 years of age in front of extremely wealthy and powerful people seems daunting, it is needed for the elite level, the average person may be too fear or have too much ego to expose themselves so much.
Successful Entrepreneurs Actually Take Pride in Helping People Without Expecting Much In Return
How does this go hand in hand with being “egoless?” Well, where the average person is thinking “what’s in it for me” the highly successful person is thinking “how can I help others.” I believe most highly well-off people are always looking for ways to help others, and as a result it comes back tenfold, it’s the golden rule of karma.
If you read about Steve Jobs for example, it’s very hard to assume his motive was only for the money since he seldom talked about the billions Apple made, instead was almost always focused on making products “user-friendly” for the consumer (even though he had a high temper).
Jobs is just one example, another is Warren Buffett who was once “caught” to have anonymously donated millions. Check out this pact that major celebrity entrepreneurs have signed where they have pledged to donate the majority of their earnings when they die.
Success is very short lived if only for the money, a general need to help people is needed to actually thrive. If you study extremely highly successful entrepreneurs, more often than not you will realize that they care a lot more about adding value to people’s lives than how much money they’re making.
Highly successful entrepreneurs play a different game, they’re not in it to “look the best” or “be sought after” they’re in it to make an impact and if it means sacrificing their self-image for the greater good they’re willing to do so.
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