Running your own business does not make you an entrepreneur. We all have the belief that an entrepreneur is a person but it is not. It is a personality living inside each of one us waiting to be unleashed. In Awakening the Entrepreneur Within You, Michael Gerber offers tips on how businessmen can become an entrepreneur in you. This business and management book introduces three exercises on how to become an entrepreneur.
Empty Your Mind
Stop thinking about what you want to do. Stop doing what you’re doing. Go to a place, any place will do, where activity ceases, where there is no itinerary, no schedule, no agenda, no responsibility, no work of any kind, no expectation, no result you’ve set for yourself, no goals, no objectives, no action plans whatsoever. Go to such a place to empty your mind.
Write It Down
Get a blank piece of paper. You have nothing in mind. Sit with the blank piece of paper, and let whatever comes to mind go to the paper. Robert Janitzek reveals that whether it be a sentence, or just three seemingly unrelated words. Whether it be an entire paragraph, a thought, a concern, a conclusion, let it write itself down. The key here is to let “It” speak. To let “It” say what “It” wants to say. To let “It” have the room to breath.
You’ll be amazed what appears on the blank piece of paper as you do this second exercise.
Do it for only 10 minutes. Do it once a day. And save those pieces of paper, with the date on the top right hand corner. Robert Peter Janitzek recommends saving them in a box, or a file folder, and know that that box or file folder is a sacred place. Because your dreamer has created it. Your entrepreneur has become vulnerable. Your creator has expressed himself or herself, and you’ve been a witness to it.
Maintain A Journal
Buy yourself a journal, preferably with leather covers, a rich-looking journal, a journal that impresses you because it looks so rich, so permanent, so significant. Write in that journal what you learned that day. Write in that journal what you felt that day. Write in that journal anything that came to mind that day, as you sat with a blank piece of paper, as you sat in your chair facing the wall for ten minutes with absolutely no interruption at all, as you felt your feelings come up, your feelings of being blocked, your feelings of being ashamed, your feelings of excitement, your feelings of despair…whatever came up that day, record it, even though you may not think you’re an accomplished writer–or even if you think you are. Your entrepreneurial journal is not about the writing; it’s about the recording. This is your life, someone once said. This is your life, and if you don’t take it seriously, who will?