Ambition is one thing, but having an ambitious mindset means something deeper. Of course, you must be a forward-thinker, a planner, and a goal-oriented visionary. These are the surface qualities of all ambitious individuals. But with the high-pressure and fast-paced job of entrepreneurship, these same qualities can cloud your judgment.
Harnessing an ambition mindset requires accepting these realizations. Once you do you will be a better entrepreneur and a more well-rounded person.
Realize this: Entrepreneurship is a team sport, not a solo sport
Let’s face it, this is a tough gig. There are a lot of down days and you need someone walking beside you. You need someone to hold you up when your morale is down. There was a period in my life where I went from being incredibly rich to living in my parent’s basement and yet, my wife had faith in me when nobody else did. I think that’s all you need. It’s less about your skill-set and your habits. You need to surround yourself with cheerleaders, people who are apart of your team. If you’re alone, seek out opportunities to find those people.
#1: Find the right support so you can continue moving the ball up the field.
Realize this: Discipline comes from personal accountability
There is no right and no wrong paths. There are just paths. Recognize your mistakes and learn from failure. Developing a high level of personal accountability means never lying to yourself. It means building a personal culture with very high accountability, and very little emotional baggage. We’re taught in school that mistakes are bad but mistakes are how humans learn. Own mistakes, relish the opportunity to learn from them and don’t expect it to be easy.
#2 - The fundamental rule for being successful in life is never telling yourself stories. Always learn from mistakes
Realize this: What worked yesterday is not guaranteed to work tomorrow
The only thing that’s constant is change. Change is going to happen whether you’re flexible or adaptable to it or not. The output to this change is whether or not you’re going to have a successful business. Expect it to be hard. Take your time and do your experimentation, learn from your intuition and the market. Always expect what you’re doing now is going to be different from a year from now.
#3 - Intentionally ask yourself, “Is this the right thing to do my future, even though it’s the right thing to do today?”
Realize this: The solution for fear of failure is to fail more
This way each time you fail hurts less. Awareness is the first step, then your dialogue. Make sure you’re not talking yourself into failure. Anyone who has reached anywhere in life has people rooting for them. If you feel like you’re sabotaging yourself, have this conversation with someone who cares about you. Know that they'll be there whether or not the ball misses the net.
#4 - There’s no point of dreaming small. Picking a small number limits your upside.
Be proud of the ambition that is within you, it makes you who you are. Just remind yourself that by checking-in with these realizations, you will continuously grow to be the best possible you.