Sam was a nice guy. At school he didn’t do too badly and after completing “Ordinary Level” education he got an ordinary job. The pay was average and he stuck to a strict budget to avoid getting into debt. When Sam died a few months ago, some relatives at his funeral were talking about what a nice and friendly guy Sam was. Although he was generous, he had little to give to others. He had only enough for his family and as a result some of the relatives thought he was stingy. You probably don’t know Sam, because he didn’t achieve anything noteworthy in his life. He was an average guy.
Being average is the surefire way to failure. Average people will always live a mediocre life because they are not willing to take any risks and they want to stay within their comfort zone.
Average people are boring and are easily forgotten. Let’s say you go to a party. Would you remember that person who has worked the same dead end job for 20 years and has done nothing interesting or remarkable in his life? You wouldn’t would you? It’s the same as being an entrepreneur, you have to be different and unique.
There are not many people that are remembered after generations and generations have passed. You might think of people like Nigel Chanakira, Strive Masiyiwa, Muhammad Ali, Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, Thomas Edison and Henry Ford. These people are truly remarkable and are unforgettable.
What makes these people so remarkable? They are all unique in their own way and they have done things to be remembered by. Muhammad Ali was the youngest person to become heavy weight champion at the time. He also did a lot for black people and spoke out for injustice. Steve Jobs co-founded Apple and took Apple to a new level with the launch of the iPhone and iPad. Steve Jobs turned Apple into one of the most powerful and profitable companies in the world.
Bill Gates is the co-founder of Microsoft, the largest PC Software company in the world. He was key to making the Personal Computer popular. Thomas Edison was a remarkable inventor and invented a lot of things like the stock ticker, motion picture camera, the telegraph and many other inventions. Henry Ford was the founder of Ford motor company. He was key to popularizing the motor vehicle. Nigel Chanakira built one of the first successful black-owned commercial banks in Zimbabwe, while Strive Masiyiwa’s Econet is currently the second biggest listed company in Zimbabwe, without even including his numerous global investments.
All these people mentioned are unique and have added immense value in their chosen field. They have all done amazing things. That is what you have to do. Be unique, be remarkable and be memorable. Make sure you do something worthy of other peoples attention.
You have to want it really badly. As motivational speaker Eric Thomas says “When you want to succeed as bad as you want to breathe, then you’ll be successful”. You have to want it really bad. You have to be hungry for success.
As an entrepreneur you have to want success more than anything. If you don’t then you have the completely wrong mindset and you have to change it straight away.
Even when times are going hard successful people stay positive. This is one of the main reasons elite entrepreneurs succeed. They do not think negative. Successful people actually think completely different and they don’t think like the average person.
If something goes wrong in the day the successful person would still stay positive and be assured that everything would turn alright. However the person with the wrong mindset starts to think all negative, starts to doubt his own abilities and worries about why isn’t everything coming all together.
Do not let anything get in your way. Do whatever it takes to become a successful entrepreneur.
When training for the marathon, Stephen Muzhingi does whatever it takes to win. Even if it meant road running from Chitungwiza to Harare and back daily, he would do the work required. He never placed any limitations on himself. No wonder he has won the 89 kilometre Comrades, one of the world’s largest and oldest ultramarathon races a record three consecutive times.
As an entrepreneur you have to have the same mindset of never placing any limits on yourself. You have to do whatever it takes to develop your business and make sure you get to where you want to be.
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