Being an entrepreneur is a lot like being a Green Beret. I know some will take offense to that, but I believe it. You have to fight for what you want in your life. If not, you might as well lay down and give up right now. If you haven’t downloaded my manifesto, you can get it here.
I believe that you have to fight for a piece of the American Dream and really the only way it get it is to have a or multiple side business to get it going. We always kept our options open in Special Forces. To pin ourselves down to one course of action could be fatal.
While you may not immediately think of entrepreneurship when you think about the Special Forces there are a lot of similarities. First you have to go back to the classic movie – The Green Berets. Look at Sgt. Pertersen. Petersen’s resourcefulness and ability to bargain makes him a valuable team member.
I have actually had team members just like Petersen. They could talk anyone out of most anything. You have to be able to do this as a Green Beret. I spent a couple years in Europe setting up training events. I had to be able to go in, find facilities and get us access to use them. Entrepreneurship will teach you the skills necessary for negotiation and getting er done.
Dealing with Uncertainty
Entrepreneurship is about dealing with uncertainty. It is about turning risk, feelings of doubt, exposure to criticism around and using it to making yourself better. We did the same on my SF teams. We used After Action Reviews (AAR) to learn from our mistakes. We used the competition on the team to make everyone better. Without that in your life, you stagnate.
You have to be a leader to be an entrepreneur. You start out as an entrepreneur by yourself, building your business. Next you have to bring on customers, leading them to the right decisions. After awhile you start leading employees, taking on responsibility for their livelihoods.
It’s the same with being a Green Beret. You start our leading yourself, part of your responsibilities is working with others, training them. You have to show leadership to get your point across. Finally as you grow, you take on more responsibilities leading others.
Leadership develops you. Step into it. It makes you a better person, parent, friend, spouse.
Flat out, entrepreneurs are more healthy. I think it has a lot to do with keeping your mind active, getting off the couch to do something, engaging with other people. There have been detailed studies on this you can check out here.
Perhaps more than just the habits that take off calories is the mindset that comes with being an entrepreneur.
- It’s about giving yourself power and control over your own life and not being subservient to a job that dictates life conditions to you.
- It’s about growing a belief in yourself that you can improvise, adapt and overcome
- It’s about waking up in the morning and looking forward to the day, instead of counting the days of the week until the weekend.
All these contribute to your health and willingness to get out of bed everyday. You have to have a mission to work towards. Entrepreneurship gives a mission. Even better if you can find a business (of businesses) that does good in the world.
Entrepreneurship develops a warrior mindset of never quit, to continually raise the bar for yourself, to understand that quick rewards come from hours of preparation. It makes you willing to be different, to set yourself on a higher level, open and yet unbeatable.
I strongly urge you to read my manifesto and start doing something to take control of your life.