The Employee Vs. Entrepreneur Mindset

I love being social….In fact, I’m pretty much in front of my computer, checking Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Skype for the majority of my day, looking to build on the relationships I have with others.

It’s a big part of my business strategy and the best part is…it’s 100000000% natural for me. Why? Because I genuinely LIKE people…I know huh, crazy concept…

But here’s the funny thing about being ‘social’, and why a lot of people don’t see the value in it….It doesn’t always translate into immediate income…

Showing up, doing Traffic Exchange Live everyday or jumping into ClickTrackProfit chat, doesn’t always mean an increase in my bottom line. I consider a fantastic investment though…A down payment on future returns…

And that is the biggest different between the mindset of an ‘entrepreneur and an employee‘.

Let me explain…

An employee thinks like this…Show up for work, clock in 8 hours, get paid for those 8 hours and go home. Getting paid for what you do, day in and day out. Now there is absolutely nothing wrong with that. Our society exists because there are people punching clocks every day. Some people enjoy it, consider it ‘secure‘ and are happy with doing that for 40 years. No problem, I salute it and if that’s your thing, that’s your thing. I like to refer to it as extrinsic thinking…I did this, so I want that!

An entrepreneur is wired differently…

They have this crazy notion that everything they do, each and every day, may not translate into money right away…But because they are focused and believe in their goals…It will pay off down the road. They aren’t looking for immediate payoff from their effort, they are ‘investing’ their time, effort and money into something today, so they can live the life down the road. Their reward is the journey!

Intrinsic thinking is how I like to refer of it…Their purpose is self-driven. It’s not so much what they can be rewarded with right now, they are doing it for their future goals and dreams.

Let me stress the fact that neither one of these mindsets is right or wrong, it’s just different strokes for different folks. I’m wired to think as an entrepreneur, and that’s what I believe in. I love the practice of thinking in terms of years, not weeks. I want returns from my efforts down the road because like I mentioned, my reward is the journey.

Meeting like minded people, growing my relationships, to me…This is the real mindset needed for success as an entrepreneur…

What about you? What is your mindset and if you are wanting to build a business, what are some strategies to get rid of the employee mindset in your life?

Jon Olson

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11 thoughts to “The Employee Vs. Entrepreneur Mindset”

  1. Great post! I have been both Employee and Entrepreneur in my thinking throughout life. I thing the balance for me is short and mid-range goals so I can have some type of “tangible” success which keeps me running the entrepreneur type mind set.

    Risk vs. Reward is what I look at and constantly evaluate what will bring me the most success and I am not sure that can be done with the employee type attitude.

    1. Oh yeah man, me too. I think we all have had it for sure, both mind sets. And I really didn’t wanna come across as one is right and one is wrong….It’s just different mindsets for different people.

  2. Jon very good post on the difference between the employee and entrepreneurship mindset. This is a must read for anyone first coming into the industry so they understand you can’t be employed at this. So many people when they first come online expect the TE’s to be like a job – they think like an employee – expect money right away. This is their first mistake.

  3. Always a pleasure to read your articles Jon! In my freelancing engagement, I have an hourly wage. But the money I get there is secondary to something else: knowledge. Now, that is really precious!

    As you clearly made the distinction, the mindset itself is what makes the distinction. I believe both an employee with a business mindset or an “entrepreneur” counting his hourly earnings won’t really be happy until they switch sides.

    1. Thanks for sharing Adrian, and I appreciate the kind words. Yeah, it’s just how you look at things….You are looking at the learning experience and then journey, that’s the DNA of an entrepreneur in every sense of the word!

  4. Interesting that I watched yesterday’s spreecast recorded before I read this post. Here’s the thing – if you’re broke – GO DO SOME GIGS ON FIVERR! Sorry to scream, but jeez – if you are desperate for an extra $500-1,000/month – go do a gig for cash. Sunny talks about this all the time and people turn their nose up because it is WORK.

    On another note – my favorite mentor – Wayne Dyer – passed away yesterday. Wayne was raised during the depression in an orphanage. He went on to sell millions of books – most of which are written for the average Joe like me. He could have been a tenured faculty prof at St. Johns, but opted to be an entrepreneur author. He was given absolutely nothing. It was a choice. People need to simply grow up or shut up.

    1. ^^^^^^ So true. Yeah read about Wayne’s passing last night. I enjoyed his books very much. Really enjoyed his talks with Eckhart Tolle….YouTube has some great 1 on 1 talks with those two.

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