I started my journey into entrepreneurship, with a hatred of reading that was born from being forced to read text books and assigned novels throughout my school years. Out of necessity to learn about all faucets of business, I started reading soon after starting Payroll Savvy. It quickly became one of my favorite things to do. I realized that I never hated reading, I was just reading the wrong stuff.
The first book I read was “The E-Myth Revisited: Why Most Small Businesses Don't Work and What to Do About It” by Michael Gerber. I couldn’t read it fast enough, I was hooked! After that I started flying though most of the business classics, from “Good to Great” to “The Tipping Point.” I fell in love with reading.
As my reading choices evolved, I started reading some self-improvement books. This was also due to realization that I was the most important tool my business had at startup, so I better make damn sure I was as good as I could possibly be. During this time, I also began waking up early and fine tuning my morning routine to prime me for the day ahead. I began to realize that my mindset was changing, it was getting stronger, and the best part my business was following suite.
It wasn’t a singular aha moment, but the importance of mindset became very clear. It allows you to weather the ups and downs that are guaranteed with entrepreneurship. It is required to even believe your own visions. It helps break down the walls of doubt that come with massive goals. It is, in my opinion the most important part of being a successful entrepreneur, and even more importantly in being happy.
In the words of Steve Maraboli, “Once your mindset changes, everything on the outside will change along with it.”