How to Act like an Entrepreneur at a Large Company
Being at a large company, your work can begin to feel mundane and pointless. You may feel like a cog in a wheel, doing the same thing every single day. This is hard to get through, but the modern office is evolving and changing all workplaces. If you’re looking for some new inspiration, check out these points on how to change your view to being more of an entrepreneur in your company. You’ll be surprised how far a new mindset can take you.
Entrepreneurs are taking a leap and starting a company. They’re passionate and excited to turn their company into a successful business. That’s why passion is key to thinking like an entrepreneur. If you’re not passionate about what you’re doing, it’s hard to think like one. Try finding something in your job that interests you. Maybe something that bothers you as an employee that you would really like to change. Use that to fuel your passion.
Entrepreneurs pay attention and create change when it’s necessary. Be your own leader and take note of everything around you. Be mindful of inefficiency. Why are things incomplete? Ask yourself what isn’t working. Then try to implement change and improvements. While it’s not always possible, having that spirit of leadership and change can do wonders for your own productivity and self-confidence.
Risks and Rewards
Entrepreneurs are always taking risks. Starting a company is a huge risk with only two outcomes: success or failure. While the stakes might not be that high at your company, you can instill that into your work and decisions. Your innovation and bravery are key to making a difference.
Being a mini-entrepreneur for your company can give you great strides. Don’t be afraid to speak up and make suggestions to your peers or your bosses. Being passionate and creative makes you standout. Most modern companies want your input. The world is becoming more collaborative—and it should be. If your work environment struggles with an aggressive hierarchy, try to use your own work as an example. You can’t control everyone else, but you can control what you do, and someone will recognize your work ethic.
Many employees sit around and wait for an assignment. If there’s a project you can be apart of or a task you’re ready to start, go for it. Find solutions that your peers or bosses haven’t found. Remember that entrepreneurial spirit, and put everything you’ve got into creating a successful project.
The entrepreneurial spirit cannot succeed if you’re not able to take constructive criticism. Listening to feedback from your peers, bosses or employees will never work if you’re constantly feeling insecure about your job. Take the time to figure out why you’re feeling insecure and defensive. It can be hard to make yourself vulnerable with an idea you’re proud of, but remember that most everyone wants you to succeed. Sadly, there are always going to be people who are rooting for you to fail. Try to have empathy for them, but move on. Stay focused on what you’re working for. Remember, criticism is biased and is merely a suggestion. Ultimately, it’s up to you.
You’re going to make mistakes, but don’t make excuses for yourself. Be accountable. Admitting your mistakes will allow people to help you correct your mistake and learn from it. Humans are not perfect and every one messes up now and then, so don’t be afraid to admit your weaknesses. There might be a lot riding on your shoulders, but hopefully your employees want you to succeed as much as you want to, so don’t let the pressure control you. Take a breath, trust the process, accept responsibility, and keep going.
The entrepreneurial mindset doesn’t mean you have to be alone and lead all the time. A big part of the modern company is collaboration. Team spirit is a large part of entrepreneurship. Having a team working alongside you towards the same goal is incredibly empowering and inspiring. Surround yourself with people who have similar goals in their work.
The Entrepreneurial Spirit
At the end of the day, the entrepreneurial spirit is a mindset. It requires focus, passion, vision, optimism, work ethic, confidence, empathy, and the ability to work with others. Entrepreneurs need to be flexible as their company and work continue to grow. The growth as an employee is key to a successful business. This applies to everyone at any age and in any position. Don’t limit yourself by the guidelines you’ve had for years. Everything is constantly evolving, so don’t be afraid to step up and share your ideas. After all, the worst thing you can hear is “no.”
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