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The Picture Quote That Changed My Life (And I Accidentally Wrote It)

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“Entrepreneurship is a form of art; it’s a form of expression. It lets you be who you want to be, it lets you inspire others to get behind a vision, and it allows you to give back in a way you’ve never given back before.  It will test you; it will take every ounce of your energy and your emotion to succeed at it. Entrepreneurship can change the world. It’s life’s greatest test. It’s your legacy” – Tim Denning

Last night, after pondering for a while and trying to think about what entrepreneurship means to me, it struck me. I raced over to my iPhone, opened the notes app, and started talking into it. It was like a rush of passion just went straight through me.

I wrote this quote accidentally as I put my thoughts into words. When I read it back, I accidentally realised that I had created a quote that would have a profound impact on my own life. If this doesn’t change your perspective on entrepreneurship, then nothing will!

Below are the eight parts of the quote broken down for you into chunks, and I encourage you to study each part.

1. Entrepreneurship is a form of art

The key trait of successful entrepreneurs is creativity. This comes as no surprise because entrepreneurship is about creating something from nothing and so is art. Having studied lots of entrepreneurs I have found that many of them spend their spare time doing some sort of art like drawing, creating music or writing.

To be able to dream up an idea and build a startup around it, you will be required to use the creative side of your brain more than anything else. You will have to be able to see in detail what your idea will look like and then be able to communicate it with lots of people (like the Canva founders did) and this is exactly what art is all about.

2. Entrepreneurship means you get to be you and express yourself

A lot of people work their entire careers and get told what to do and how to think. Entrepreneurship is the exact opposite of this, and you’re rewarded for being you, and for the people you bring along on your journey.

What makes you different? Why are you the chosen one to lead us down a path that we haven’t been down before? Will you show us yourself on the way and use what’s uniquely individual about you to help solve a problem?

If you look at any successful startup, you will see that the business is a direct reflection of the founders. From the office layout, to what people wear, to social functions, to the website; entrepreneurship allows you to express yourself in a way that nothing else in the world can.

3. Entrepreneurship inspires others to get behind a vision

Trying to make a change in the world is very hard. Through entrepreneurship, you get to inspire people with what you do, and guess what? The more you inspire people, the more successful your company is. Stop thinking in dollars and start thinking in terms of the impact you are having on people and whether or not you are inspiring them (inspiring them to do something positive I hope).

On my own entrepreneurial journey, I remember it being a bit like finding yourself. It’s like finding your purpose except instead of it just being about you; it’s about lots of people. What inspires you?

4. Entrepreneurship allows you to give back

The ultimate gift that comes from this amazing thing called entrepreneurship is the ability to have more resources than you require and to be able to use those resources to create change and give back. For me, writing this article right now is one way that I give back to the community that supported me.

We have all heard it before but giving back is the most rewarding thing you can do in your life. If you have already had success as an entrepreneur then what up and coming entrepreneurs can you inspire? What platform can you use to do this?

You can give money to anyone, but if they don’t have the mindset and beliefs to sustain the value you have given them, then in a short space of time they will be right back where the started. Education is the answer to sustained impact, not free money.

5. Entrepreneurship will test you

It’s life’s greatest test, and it is the hardest thing you will ever do in life. You have to be willing to put every bit of passion into what you do and be prepared to fail. You have to love what you do and be a likeable enough person that the masses will rally behind you and buy what you have to sell.

The best thing about the whole test is not the test itself, but the journey you go on and what you discover about yourself. After all, the need to grow is a basic human need, and I know for me, growth is one of the needs I seek more than anything else – I don’t care about the result.

6. Entrepreneurship will take every ounce of your energy and emotion

To give everything that you have and to create value for others will require all your energy (so you better fix your diet). It will also use all of your emotion. You are going to have days when you are exhausted and days when you feel like doing nothing more than crying – can you take it? Are you willing to experience every emotion there is and still make it to the other side?

You have to put all of you into it and not worry about what others think. Some will say your startup is rubbish, and it will never work, but your unwavering belief in yourself is all that matters. Let the passion of what you do shine through in your product and always treat your tribe (customers) like they are the only thing that matters. Do this, and you will be one of the greats.

Fail to give 100% of your emotion and energy, and fail – the choice is yours. Entrepreneurship is not for everyone so don’t be afraid if it consumes you, and you realise that it’s not for you. If after you fail (and you will at some point), and you find that you can’t come back, that’s okay, move on, serve others and be passionate about your interests.

7. Entrepreneurship can change the world

How many tasks in life can you think of that have the opportunity to completely change the course of human life as we know it? I can only think of one; entrepreneurship. If you have thought about your life and purpose in detail then by now, you will probably be thinking that you want to change the world in some way.

The road to change is a difficult one because it means you are going to have to change people’s perceptions around what they currently think is possible. It means you are going to have to let them see the passion in your eyes as you communicate your vision for something different.

You are not an entrepreneur you are a problem, solver. You have made it your mission in life to solve problems and for that you will be greatly compensated with more value you than you can ever expect to give. Your success will be compounded every time you solve another problem so think with an abundant mind at all times.

8. Entrepreneurship can create a legacy

I have said this many times before, but I feel the need to continue to keep spreading the message. We have to all be aware that our time on this planet is limited. All the money that we have and all the material possessions we have will not be with us forever.

Entrepreneurship allows us to create something that will outlive all of us and to leave something behind after we are gone. If your last day was on this earth tomorrow, would anyone remember the impact you had on the world in a decade’s time or would you just be a distant memory?

If the answer is a distant memory, then the good news is it’s never too late to become an entrepreneur. Start now and don’t worry about what anyone else thinks!

I hope all the entrepreneurs out there feel inspired after reading this and can relate to a few of the points I raised in my quote. Tell me what entrepreneurship means to you in the comments section below and follow me on Twitter or Facebook to stay in touch.

Tim is best known as a long-time contributor on Addicted2Success. Tim's content has been shared millions of times and he has written multiple viral posts all around personal development and entrepreneurship.You can connect with Tim through his website www.timdenning.net

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11 Comments

11 Comments

  1. Charlene

    Feb 5, 2016 at 5:38 am

    What a powerful quote that sums up the essence of entrepreneurship! This point spoke to me, “After all, the need to grow is a basic human need, and I know for me, growth is one of the needs I seek more than anything else – I don’t care about the result.” Most people are so focused on the results that they rush the journey. The journey is where the magic happens! Your mindset says a lot about you. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Divine

    Dec 21, 2015 at 2:44 am

    It’s just one quote, but it’s astonishing. Why? Because it’s the true essence of Entrepreneurship.
    Thank you for sharing.

    • Tim Denning

      Dec 30, 2015 at 2:18 am

      Thank you Divine, glad you liked the quote 🙂

  3. Jade

    Dec 20, 2015 at 4:53 am

    Literally the best thing I have ever read, I could feel the shivers of inspiration as I read this article all the way through. You have doubled my will power to succeed and my entrepreneurship goals and I want to thank you for this special moment

    • Tim Denning

      Dec 30, 2015 at 2:19 am

      Wow that’s a big call Jade, thank you for your kind words. All the best with your entrepreneurship goals!

  4. Paras Joshi

    Dec 18, 2015 at 6:29 pm

    One word “Brilliant”.

    • Tim Denning

      Dec 30, 2015 at 2:18 am

      Cheers Paras!

  5. Lawrence Berry

    Oct 14, 2015 at 3:41 am

    I absolutely love this quote! In a world where so many people conform to make a living by getting a job, entrepreneurship opens the door to truly be yourself. That is exactly why I chose the path of entrepreneurship, to be liberated from what society told be to do, to live life on my own terms. The path of entrepreneurship is not an easy one. It is not for the weak-hearted and that is what pushes me even more, because I know that I am strong and that I can face any challenges that may be presented to me. Thanks for sharing this great quoute!

    • Tim Denning

      Oct 18, 2015 at 4:12 am

      Thanks Lawrence for your always inspiring messages. When someone says to me “normal people do such and such,” I instantly tune off. Who wants to be normal? At the heart of entrepreneurship it is all about being yourself and not being what society deems as normal.

  6. Esther Mellar

    Oct 7, 2015 at 1:21 pm

    Hi Tim,

    It is so true what you write: “It’s life’s greatest test, and it is the hardest thing you will ever do in life.” To speak about the difficulties and those who failed is somehow a taboo. We worship those who made it and are silent about the big majority who gave up. Often the difference is in the mindset, hence addicted2success is a great source for entrepreneurs who want to take up the fight.
    I am going to share your article.

    • Tim Denning

      Oct 7, 2015 at 7:16 pm

      Spot on Esther about the mindset factor. Thanks for reading!

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What if Elon Musk Ran Your Business? 4 Lessons From the Real Life Iron Man

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The story of Iron man and Elon Musk starts when Robert Downey Jr. visited SpaceX headquarters miles away from the setting of the first Iron Man movie back in 2007. The actor was inspired to base his character on Elon Musk’s personality. Ashlee Vance writes in Elon’s biographyboth Musk and Stark were the type of men, according to Downey, who ‘had seized an idea to live by and something to dedicate themselves to’ and were not going to waste a moment.” (more…)

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5 Ways to Prepare for Your Entrepreneurial Journey

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There are many ways to get ready for entrepreneurship regardless of whether you’re ready or not. The migration to the unknown will take you through many places, emotions, and people. Your journey will be both easy and difficult, but hopefully in between, you prepare yourself with an expectation of helping people by solving problems. The quest that you are about to enter will be one to remember if you are willing to adapt quickly and not give up.

Arranging for this huge change in your life should be one of the most memorable expeditions that you will ever experience. Looking into the future and being able to lay out a road map for your entrepreneurial journey will definitely be beneficial. Though there will be challenges every step of the way, being prepared will help you achieve your goals more efficiently.

To help you get started, here are 5 ways to plan an entrepreneurial expedition:

1. Form Ideas By Visualizing And Writing Them Down

Before beginning your entrepreneurial quest, brainstorm to come up with many amazing ideas even if you never act upon each of them. It’s always a good thing to write them down on paper, computer or via a mobile device app such as Google Docs. An abundance of suggestions about your processes is better than none or even a few objectives that can possibly help in some way.

The key is to breakdown those ideas to come up with better solutions to move forward in your voyage. See what’s more in line with your mission and values to be effective for your core audience, products or services that you may want to create. Whether you categorize those ideas or check them off one by one, coming up with different concepts will be a great start to your journey.

“Creativity is contagious – pass it on.” – Albert Einstein

2. Begin A Pattern Of Consistency By Quitting Bad Habits

Repetitive actions can present their challenges but if there’s a way to make progress and eliminate bad habits that aren’t hindering your itinerary then keep doing them. Have you ever noticed that negative thoughts, lack of confidence, and no exercise regimen could negate persistence of not only your entrepreneurial journey but other goals as well?

Get your mojo or swagger back by committing to a life of constant and everlasting consistency by stopping eating bad foods, wasting your time with hours of playing video games, watching television and other things that will stall your progress. When you get rid of actions that are slowing down aspects of your life, you’ll begin to pursuing things to help you lay the groundwork for success.

3. Be Disciplined While Listening More

Another way to prepare for your entrepreneurial journey is by being in control of yourself while paying more attention to everything else. It’s quite common to focus on things outside of your realm and instantly become something other than what you see fit. Difficulties can arise if your focal point isn’t there and somehow an opportunity pass right by you.

Mentorship even from a distance from someone that you don’t know can be a key element as you learn the importance of your mission. Listening to podcasts and watching YouTube videos of someone that has validated your idea is a great starting point as well. Mimicking them on some level can help you understand different phases that are ahead and how to deal with them.

“Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young.” – Henry Ford

4. Work Effortlessly And Prioritize Your Time

You will have to work extremely hard with an emphasis on actual time value before pursuing your pilgrimage. We often hear about the results of hard work and it sounds cliche but when many other things are happening outside of your control, finding a way to manage your time can become difficult.

Most people will start off alone with zero help in terms of having a partner and putting in 100% effort. You will likely wear multiple hats as the visionary, programmer, marketer, content creator and so on. You may have to function with only 3 or 4 hours of sleep or even none at times while being respectful and cognitive of the time of others as well.

5. Persist Like There’s No Tomorrow While Planning For The Future

What’s in you? Nobody knows the answer to that question but you and the determination for reaching your destination as an entrepreneur. Whatever the answer is, you should be driven with an undaunted passion to pursue your expedition. Go after your dreams with a tenacity that you didn’t know was within your soul and keep pushing no matter what.

Be mindful that your strong pursuit can be done all while determining the proper destination of where you want to eventually end up. Never lose your focus admist numerous distractions that will happen. The emphasis comes from experience along with talking to other entrepreneurs who had similar occurrences at multiple stages of the process.

Put in the work early with the mindset of expecting obstacles and pushing forward pass them.  It will be tedious and preparing for a grind will make your entrepreneurial journey more understandable through tough times. You will be a lot wiser and better after all of the hard work whether it’s considered a failure or success.

Which one of the above 5 ways to prepare for your entrepreneurial journey resonated most with you and why? Share your thoughts below!

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7 Things You Need to Do to Grow as an Entrepreneur

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Startups are on the rise and youngsters are keen to launch their own business instead of a nine-to-five job. As simple as it sounds, opening a business needs patience and the right planning. Moreover, the profits gained can help you meet your financial obligations and realize other dreams.

Young entrepreneurs must learn the skills of investing money within the right channels as most startups fail because of a shortage of funds. Every entrepreneur has a chance to innovate, create new jobs and have an influence on society. It’s our responsibility to continually grow and push forward, usually beyond our comfort zones.

Here are the seven must-learn tips to grow as an entrepreneur:

1. Read Books and Articles

For many new entrepreneurs, your first mentors are usually found in the pages of books and blogs. Much often learned from the writings of others, and fortunately these days, people are sharing their experiences. A survey found that 88% of the world’s wealthiest people read for a minimum of 30 minutes daily. By comparison, only 2% of the overall population reads this much daily.

Read chapters in books, and articles to get new ideas and skills. Some ideas might not be directly relevant to what you’re doing these days however, it could come helpful a year or so down the road.

My advice is to search out those leaders and writers who resonate with you. You’ll understand when you’ve hit on something when you find yourself returning to a book for answers and inspiration time and time again.

“Books give a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and life to everything.” – Plato

2. Perform SWOT Analysis

Business students and old-school marketers should be very aware of mapping out SWOT Analysis charts (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, Threats). If you’ve never made a SWOT chart, write out the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats in four quadrants on a piece of paper.

In reality, you’ll jot down a couple of notes on the back of a cocktail napkin, however despite the simplicity, if done right, a SWOT will shed light on crucial areas that require improvement. Most significantly, don’t shy away from the truth. Dissecting your weaknesses isn’t fun however, no good comes from avoiding the fact.

3. Be Willing to Take Risks

It’s impossible to become an entrepreneur if you don’t take risks. Doesn’t matter how many times you’ve fallen. See how many times you stand-up. Being an Entrepreneur isn’t that easy; it’s an up-and-down game like a business. Be willing to come up with new plans even when old strategies are working. It’s through such risks that your business will grow. You’ll learn and meet new partners or investors. Even so, the risks must be calculated. Doing the analysis and making consultations is vital in this case.

4. Open Your Eyes Wide

Many opportunities are arising in the business world every day. For instance, many companies are willing to come up with a mobile solution for a startup without charging immoderate prices. This info can only be discovered if you’re keen.

Before dismissing adverts from websites and mainstream media, conclude if they’re relevant to your business. Also, follow the events happening in the stock market and international business summits. You’ll find the opportunities which will take your business to a new level.

Becoming successful as an entrepreneur is possible if you learn, take risks, evolve, innovate, and stay motivated. You must be realistic regarding your abilities and watch the events that unfold in your world.

5. Lead the Way for Your Team

Young entrepreneurs need to encourage employees and provide help at every juncture. For any young entrepreneur who aspires to be a leader it’s necessary to be:

  • Honest
  • Ambitious
  • Courage and Risk Taking
  • Dedicated
  • A Team-player
  • An effective listener
  • An effective communicator
  • Able to inspire confidence
  • Positive

An entrepreneur who has all the attributes of a leader leads the employees to productivity. It’s essential that the team respects a leader. The hunger and aspirations of the leader to strive for success inspire the employees to put in that extra effort to be successful.

“A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way.” – John C. Maxwell

6. Learn How to Keep Initial Success at Bay

Do not enjoy the shrubs of initial success for too long. Return to the drawing board and draw the future course of action. To move on to the next phase:

  • Utilize local and online channels to make hype for the services
  • Start expanding by hiring employees to enhance productivity
  • Cater to a good segment of the audience by providing various services
  • Re-invest the profitable revenue into new business efforts

Never let the initial success get to your head. The online platform is an ever-changing arena. Analyze what’s working and what new tactics can be utilized to strengthen the market base.

7. Find and Keep Business Partners

You will always go far if you have people to carry your hand during hardship in business. They’ll share ideas that have made them successful and provides you funds whenever necessary. Demonstrating that you are organized, capable, and serious is vital when nurturing such relationships. Keeping records, creating financial contributions to society, and attending forums are some of the choices worth trying.

Being an entrepreneur isn’t as easy as it looks. You’ll face many up-and-downs, risks, financial crisis, and many more. Be ready to face these problems if you want to be an entrepreneur. Entrepreneurship isn’t about making money, it’s about innovating new things and represent new concepts and ideas to the world.

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Transitioning From Employee to Entrepreneur? Try Intrapreneurship First

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Studies show that 15 million Americans are self-employed full-time and that an estimated 27 million Americans will transition from the traditional workforce to full-time entrepreneurship by 2020. Additionally, it is asserted that entrepreneurs are 125% more successful if they have previously been employed in the industry in which they presently do business. This is all great news on many levels.

Chances are, if you are reading this article, you are considering transitioning from employee to entrepreneur, or perhaps you have already made the shift. I get it. I am one of the millions who has made the switch – trading stability and comfort for passion and freedom. However, if you are a potential full-time entrepreneur, there are many things to consider before making the leap.

How will I support myself and my family in the initial stages of development? What do I do if I fail? How do I maintain the drive needed to make a business successful? How will my business harness the creativity and innovation required to thrive in the marketplace? These are all valid questions and should be considered deeply.

If only there were a training ground to test your management capabilities, gain knowledge, think innovatively and be solution-focused. But, wait, there is. Your current employment can offer these opportunities and more – through intrapreneurship.

By definition, an intrapreneur is an employee of a company who has adopted an entrepreneurial mindset. Intrapreneurs are highly motivated self-starters and innovative, solution-driven thought leaders, who work within an organization. Because of this definition, acting in an intrapreneurial capacity in your current place of employment makes a great deal of sense when considering the move to self-employment. You can use your current employment status as a testing ground for where you want to be.

Here are four reasons why intrapreneurship can work for you:

1. See a problem. Solve a problem

All businesses should be designed to fulfill a need. Just as your own business should be able to justify its existence in the marketplace, initiatives within an organization should do the same. Closely examine processes and products in your place of employment. Determine what could be executed more productively. Alternatively, design a new initiative to creatively meet and exceed customer expectations. Acting in this manner will prepare you for building the structure and mission of your own business.

2. Creatively capitalize on skills and talents gained outside your employer

In many instances, we separate business from personal, and there are many good reasons for this approach. However, there are notable skills and talents used in your personal life that are transferable to the workplace. For example, if you engage in team sports, use your team building skills and charisma to involve your colleagues in projects.

If you love to read fiction books, integrate the creativity of the stories to bend the thinking of traditional methods of operation. The possibilities are many. Business owners rely on all life experiences, directly or tangentially related, for the benefit of their enterprises.

3. Intrapreneurship is for all employment levels

If you think intrapreneurship is only for c-suite executives, think again. Intrapreneurship is for the mailroom to the boardroom. As noted in the definition, intrapreneurship is about being a self-starter. You do not need permission from anyone to be highly motivated. Just as all parts of our bodies have a function, so do all positions in an organization. Even if you feel your position has no purpose in your organization, make one. We all have to start somewhere in our entrepreneurial journeys, so start right now, where you are.

4. Experiencing failure is inevitable. Move forward anyway.

All of us will experience failure at some point and multiple times as well. Failure will happen regardless if you remain employed or set out on our own. Be bold enough to move forward with establishing your voice and your place anyway. Business and life are about forward movement. Decide now what next step you will take if you fail. There is always a path forward. Get used to the possibility of your ideas being rejected and your designs being flawed now, so when you are a full-time entrepreneur, you will know how to advance.

Whether you are at the infancy stages of developing your own business, currently self-employed or even wish to remain an employee, establishing yourself as an initiator and innovator can reap many benefits for you and your company. That is the beauty of it.

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