As an entrepreneur, also working an organization which is not your own can be indeed tasking. When people decide to establish their businesses, often times, the next step is usually to quit the paid job immediately.
Yes, maybe that step may be of good advantage to your business, placing your focus and resources on your business. But, in as much as it is a good step, we can also take a moment to look at the bright side of staying in the organization for a while till you fully establish your business.
It can be a state of mind. Thinking like an entrepreneur can open your eyes to new opportunities to learn and grow in your role, which will in turn strengthen your business or company and put you on the path to being a great leader.
Being a serial entrepreneur
Gain as much experience as possible. Identify as many touch points as you can and build connections with people across the company. Test-drive different career paths and learn where your passions and talents truly lie.
Take advantage of every opportunity that comes your way. Don’t be afraid to take risks as without innovation, we stagnate. Thinking like an entrepreneur will enrich in your role, impact your company, and prepare yourself for the future.
Use your position as an opportunity to learn new skills and test your knowledge. Take on a side project. Take the time to observe others and ask questions. You can develop new capabilities, see other perspectives, and explore other roles within the organization.
Don’t be afraid to leave if you are not thrilled with what you are learning. It is an experience that will help you find where you can fit in, in the business industry and an opportunity to gain the skills you need to transition to a new path that fits your skills, interests, and goals. You may meet new people and be able to network with key individuals in your company.
Regardless of your company’s size, you can have an impact. Find a niche for your voice to be heard that has the potential to snowball.
Like a true entrepreneur, take ownership of your ideas and projects. Spread your ideas. Make sure that your actions leave a legacy and add value.
Take advantage of what makes you unique and don’t try to fill the same roles as your co-workers. Think about how you can be innovative in your role and don’t be afraid to voice your perspective.
You may have a fresh idea no one has thought of yet. Collaborating and listening to diverse ideas and perspectives can be the key to success.
Getting comfortable with risks
Entrepreneurs are known for taking big risks and getting big rewards. While this might sound intimidating, taking a risk every now and then might not be the worst thing in the world especially if it brings back big rewards for your organization.
No matter your position, always seize the opportunity to be an entrepreneur and make your role your own. Recognize opportunities and find the value of taking risks.
As you prepare yourself to get comfortable carrying out your duties for your organization as if your own, with time, you would be able to do that with your own business as well.