One of the biggest barriers to success in any entrepreneurial venture is that most people have been conditioned to be employees and not entrepreneurs.

Think about it.

From the youngest of ages, in school, university and beyond, “the system” has prepared you to become…DRUM ROLL, an employee!  Modern education was invented to create factory workers not entrepreneurs and certainly not risk takers.

It’s no wonder you hear about Internet gurus or tech giants who spurned traditional education to blaze their own trail.  The educational system was simply too constricting for their minds and spirits and so they broke out.

But all the rest of us, well, we might dream about living the high life or having financial freedom, but we’re programmed to avoid creativity, pain, failure and risk.

Employee Mindset

The Employee Mindset makes you afraid to fail, to take risks or to take massive action without knowing EVERYTHING that’s ahead.  This mindset makes you focus on your limitations or obstacles.  Success happens to you rather than the other way around, if it happens at all.

Employees are content to be in their position and to know just their group, area or division. You certainly can be fulfilled as an employee, but we both know that most people would rather be doing something else than working in their current job.

As an employee you trade time for money, and both are limited.  If you want to earn more, you have to put in more hours.

For most people, this is their lot.  They do the 9 to 5 and they can’t wait for the weekends or their two week vacations.

They have been programmed into an employee mindset and it’s tough to break out.

Entrepreneur Mindset

An entrepreneur is like a caged tiger.  They are restless and relentless in their pursuits.

They see opportunities and not obstacles, they take risks, and aren’t afraid to fail.  They know they can learn from every mistake and they keep looking for different ways to succeed.  Entrepreneurs don’t give up easily.  They know why they are in the race.

Entrepreneurs are teachable, love to learn and read. They are always working on their own improvement or on acquiring new skills.

Entrepreneurs leverage both people and money.  Both work on behalf of the entrepreneur.

The choice is yours.  If you want to succeed you have to adopt an ENTREPRENEUR’S mindset.

Rich Dad / Poor Dad

If you want to dive deep into these concepts, then do yourself a favor and pick up a copy of Robert Kiyosaki’s masterful work Rich Dad / Poor Dad.

Talk about an eye opener.

After I read that book, I suddenly realized how much I had bought into an employee’s mindset.  Working hard, going to school, getting a job and then getting into debt.

I credit Robert’s book with creating a totally new mindset for me.  It was a paradigm shift really and ever since then I have been in a relentless pursuit to define my vocation and life based on my criteria, not someone else’s.