If there’s one indication of future success for a solo entrepreneur, I believe it’s attitude. It’s the choice of whether you emit a positive spark that says the glass is always half-full, or you adopt a glass-half-empty perspective that oozes negativity.
You can have the best ideas, the greatest connections with the in-crowd of movers-and-shakers, and the best college pedigree. But if you’re the type who always finds that your glass is half empty, you’re never gonna make it as a solo entrepreneur.
Why? Here’s a list:
- Your mind will be closed to creative possibilities.
- You’ll alienate all your colleagues with your pessimism, robbing yourself of valuable cheerleaders.
- You’ll lose suppliers, staff, or virtual team members who feel they’ll never live up to your expectations.
- You’ll never gain the momentum you need to springboard to the next level.
- Your inner voice will always be chattering dark thoughts, eroding your confidence.
- Clients will pick up on your signals that they’re not appreciated.
- The stumbles along the way will wear you down long before you ever make it to the finish line.
Every time I hear an entrepreneur whining about her life I want to grab her by the shoulders and give her Cher’s great line from Moonstruck: “Hey, snap out of it!” Yes, we all know it’s hard, particularly for women trying to juggle it all. You’re not alone in your long hours, demanding clients, or sleepless nights of staring-at-the-ceiling terror.
The cure is to step back and realize that this life of self-employment is a choice, not a prison sentence. (In fact, most seasoned solo entrepreneurs admit that their greatest fear is having to go back to work for somebody else!)
The next time your glass looks half empty, let yourself be cranky for a short while. Then make a list of everything you’re grateful for. And if you’re like me, you’ll start to feel lucky very quickly for all that you have, and are able to do. That’s when the glass gets filled up again – and the creativity, new ideas, and positive energy, start to flow, leading you to higher and higher levels of success in your business.