Who knew that mother’s had the key to everything in life?
Mentors are extremely important in business and for most of us, our first mentor was our mother.
What I found is that those Mom-isms that caused me to roll my eyes as a teen has caused me to raise my eyebrows as an entrepreneurial adult. Most of us don’t like to admit it, but you can learn a lot from Mom.
As you start your entrepreneurial journey, it’s important to seek advice from every place you can get it. You may not have known your mother was giving you advice that would correlate to being an entrepreneur but she was. You were just too busy rolling your eyes.
The following “Mom-isms” come from a mom near you:
1. ”As long as you live under my roof, you’ll do as I say.” (Decide To Be An Entrepreneur)
Our entire life we have been conditioned to listen to authority. In the classroom to police officers; we are taught to listen to our elders and other authority figures. This carries over to our working life.
We are conditioned to listen to our shift leaders, managers, and anyone else who is considered our boss.
As long as you live under their roof you will do what they say! If you want to dive into entrepreneurship, you have to be ready to live under your own roof. As a business owner, you will need to be self-motivated and self-reliant.
The most important thing to prepare is your mindset. Being an entrepreneur is a long and at times bumpy road. You have to be fully committed to jumping out of the nest and learning to fly on the way down.
Many people “want” or “try” to start a business but like your mom said, as long as you live under their roof you will have to play by their rules. To really make it as an entrepreneur, you have to be willing to do whatever it takes.
If you are just trying it out to see if you can magically get rich, then you better go get a refund on those magic beans. There’s no magic, just hard work. I’ll also let you know something you might not know.
You will work harder at this than you do your job. That should make you happy. It’s ten times as rewarding and most of the time it doesn’t feel like work.
2. “Money does not grow on trees!” (Sometimes Your Friends And Family Are Wrong)
As you start your journey into entrepreneurship, you’ll find many people closest to you don’t sup-port you the way you think they will.
You’ll notice that most people close to you have good intentions so they want to stop you from doing anything that seems risky and could have negative con-sequences.
It’s important to ask yourself if the people you are listening to have the lifestyle you want. I’m a firm believer in seeking counsel from close friends and family. I have many mentors and people that I seek for their advice or opinion on some of my ventures.
Some are successful business people or family members that I highly respect.
However, you must realize that this is your life and it’s important for you to define what you want. Do you want to spend your 60 to maybe 100 years on Earth doing what other people think you should do?
I would much rather swing for the fences instead of playing it safe any day.
That’s just me. I want to do things people only dream of. I’d rather roll the dice and work my butt off to win big instead of playing it safe because other people thought it would be best for me.
3. ”Do as I say, not as I do!” (The Old Road To Success No Longer Exists)
Your Mom wants you to find success. In the old day’s success was a pretty simple path.
Go to school, get a good job, work hard for 20 to 40 years, and retire with a nice gold watch. If you’re like me, you found out very quickly that the old way isn’t working out like it used to. We are seeing that loyalty to a corporation is no longer valued.
Instead of a gold watch, they will give you the boot right before your retire or make your life miser-able until you quit. What you see is a lot of our elders getting part-time jobs to make ends meet.
I became an entrepreneur because the only company I can count on to take care of me is my own. There are good people in corporations but many of them exist to make a profit for the share-holders. That means if you are not a shareholder then you are not their priority.
People are finally starting to wake up and see that they are smart enough, they are strong enough, and they have the guts to make it happen for themselves.
Moms are amazing at teaching life lessons. Every phrase is an opportunity to learn and grow as you continue your life as an entrepreneur.
Remember that you have to decide the lifestyle that you want, and then be willing to do whatever is necessary to get it. This life is not easy, but it sure is rewarding.
What did your mom teach you about entrepreneurship? Leave a comment below.