A man and a woman are standing on a street corner. The man sees another man struggling to get a taxi and shrugs it off as the way it is. The woman sees it and sees an opportunity to create a technology company that enables ordinary drivers to offer the extra seats in their car to people, give them a lift, and create an extra income stream for themselves. She calls it “rideshare.”
Of course, Uber already exists, but the point of the story is that the man has typical mindset and the woman has what I call an “entrepreneur’s mindset.”
Take my friend, John. John doesn’t look like a millionaire, but he is. John makes his living dealing in shit. Literally. Years ago, he was at outdoor event and had to use the rest room. There was only one issue; there were only a few “portable toilets” and the lines were a mile long. In asking one of the event staff why there weren’t more options, they told him that that was the most they could get and that were available. John, immediately saw a lack of supply where there was a lot of demand. He went out and bought some portable toilets and started a business. Nowadays, he not only has that, but portable trailers (If you’ve ever been to a marathon or half-marathon, you’ve probably seen them), and all kinds of other services across a number of states.
John, saw a need, took action, and seized the opportunity.
Everyone has this ability and has an “entrepreneur mind.” They just don’t always tap into it and use it to their advantage or their use it in other areas of their lives. If you have children, you are using your “entrepreneur’s mindset” all of the time. You are coming up with answers to the crazy questions you get, giving out advice on how to succeed, and even using your MacGyver skills to fix toys or pull things together to aid in some issue or problem that is going on.
But how do you take this mindset and flip to create more income and opportunity in your life? It’s simple, you need to remember one thing and use it all the time. You need to constantly be asking “How?”
How can this be done a better way? How can this be easier? How can I solve this problem or issue? How can we change the way things are done?
Asking “how” open the creative side of your mind to start thinking and looking for solutions. It helps you to look at things in different ways and see things differently. It helps you spot opportunities and needs.
Asking “how” activates the “entrepreneur’s mindset” in your brain and can dramatically change your life.
Make it a point to start observing something every day and asking how you can improve it or make it easier. You can start with a routine in your life or a cumbersome task you have to do. Don’t be afraid to fail. Innovate, experiment, and see where it takes you. Let your mind wander on “how” and see where it takes you.
Like I mentioned above, everyone has at “entrepreneur’s mindset,” we just need to take the time and ask the how question to tap into it…and take action on it. Figuring out a great solution to a challenge or problem without implementing it is worse than failing to put the solution in place. Go for it and make it happen. I’d love to get hear from you on trying this out in your life. “How” will you take action on this simple shift in thinking in your life? And after you do take action, let me know what you’ve discovered and /or created!