Mindset of an entrepreneur

No one is born, or has a genetic predisposition to become a successful entrepreneur. To become an entrepreneur, and to become a successful one, all stems from a strong mind set.

Having a dream, goal and idea is one thing, but to really have the courage to follow it is another. The single biggest thing to embrace is failing….and failing again. This is the key reason that most people either don’t follow their dream or give up easily. The fear of failing is so immense because it is connected with pain, rejection, embarrassment, and all the other emotions that the human brain tries to avoid. It is also the reason why you experience a dip in motivation, the brain will try and avoid you entering into anything that may cause these negative emotions.

It’s OK to fail

When you begin your journey in entrepreneurship and in following your goals, you embrace that failing is part of the journey and this opens up your creative path and you realise these are instead, a learning into something bigger and better that you didn’t anticipate before. No journey is easy, and business is no different, if you look at the story of every successful individual out there you will notice there was a long journey a lot or hard work behind them.

Don’t judge

If you can’t support yourself and give yourself credit, then it really won’t be of value when someone else does.

There will be many areas where you won’t be an expert and you need to learn and develop, often this may not come easily and your inner critics may appear. Again these are there for good reason and to protect you from negative emotions, but they aren’t always reasonable and should sometimes be ignored. Instead allow yourself to feel excited at the opportunity to learn new things and add these new skills to your arsenal.

Don’t compare yourself to others

If you see someone where you would like to be, feeling envious or assuming they have ‘lucked out’ will serve you no purpose. Bitterness, resentment and assuming everyone else is simply better than you will serve you no purpose. These thoughts drain energy, time and will take you many steps back in your journey.

When you choose to see others in a new light and instead take inspiration, and even hear their story, you too will then feel energised and motivated to continue yours.

Stay accountable to yourself, set yourself goals and time lines.

When you have ideas your instinct may be telling you to try and get it all done at once. However, all you really do is spread yourself too thin. This usually reflects on the impact you hit each goal, what could have been great, is only good.

Don’t be afraid to give something 100% at a time, because when it all comes together the end result will be amazing. It should be about quality and not quantity, yet we are so concerned with completing everything quickly regardless of the content we are usually not satisfied with the end product and have to take time in fine tuning later anyway.

Enjoy it!

Finally enjoy what you are doing. If you don’t enjoy what you do, you will begin to lose your passion and your WHY of doing it in the first place. When the ‘why’ starts to fade the rest will unravel in the process.

When occasions or challenges occur which test your strength then always stop and recall your WHY. Why did you have this dream and goal, what was your desired end result? Take a step back, be mindful that some aspects are going to be tough and be ok with that. Change your negative thoughts, if you’re presented with a challenging situation, see it as a puzzle or a creative fun challenge and give yourself a reward once completed.

When you ease the pressure off, have fun and enjoyment in the tasks, change your self dialogue the journey will be much more manageable and the results far more effective.


Sheena Tanna-Shah

Sheena Tanna-Shah

Sheena is the founder and MD of Inspiring Success, a business focused on helping individuals get the most out of coaching, mindset, mindfulness and nutrition. Sheena is a regular contributor to the BBC and promotes mindfulness in schools and for young people.

Sheena Tanna-Shah

Sheena is the founder and MD of Inspiring Success, a business focused on helping individuals get the most out of coaching, mindset, mindfulness and nutrition. Sheena is a regular contributor to the BBC and promotes mindfulness in schools and for young people.