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  • Writer's pictureMelanie Reinersman

How to Work Like an Entrepreneur: Whether You Are One Already or Aspiring to Be!

Updated: May 27, 2020

“Yes…And” – two key words entrepreneurs must learn to use wisely. Spoken to a customer, it sounds like this, “Yes, I can do this for you AND I can provide this benefit immediately.” Spoken to oneself, it may sound like this, “Yes, I will work like an entrepreneur, AND within five years I will live solely on my self-employment paycheck.” Practice using these words each day to develop the entrepreneurial mind. ~ David M. Reile, Ph.D.

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FOCUS ON: Staying Motivated

It is a daily choice: be motivated to continue as an entrepreneur or lose focus and pride. It helps to remember what you left behind and surround yourself with positive people. Read more hints from a successful entrepreneur.

JOB SEARCHING: Write Your Next Job Description With a New Mindset

In the Entrepreneurial Age of the 21st century, the worker doesn’t need to be a business owner to take control of his/her next career move. Recognizing and building upon latent passions can lead to career control if the worker writes the job description. Read More.

COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES: How Higher Ed Can Help the Entrepreneurial Mind

One college hosted a series of interactive talks discussing how a coach can make a difference to an entrepreneur ( Another university provides a “List of Colleges with Majors in Entrepreneurship or Small Business” based on passive responses: the university itself lists its own competition by doing an Internet search rather than waiting for another institution to respond to a request for information. ( Majoring in psychology (you understand the human brain) or signing up for ROTC (you learn to execute) are just two of the many ways you can build entrepreneurial skills on-campus- Read more ways.  Whether you want to go to college to be an entrepreneur or not, you can gain a lot from searching higher ed for help.

TOP TEN: Greatest Entrepreneurs in History

As they say, learn from the best! Be persistent, make use of intuition, engage creativity and even be a cowboy. Ford, Edison, Jobs and even a pope and a mobster changed the way people live. Whatever it takes to be an entrepreneur, these ten people in history found the key and it worked. You don’t need to reinvent the wheel when it comes to figuring out what works – just use these models. Read about all ten entrepreneurs.

FOR PRACTITIONERS: Helping Clients Pursue a Non-Traditional Career Path

If your client cannot imagine ever working for somebody else again, then it may be time to discuss six key strategic factors. These factors, such as differentiation and partnering, raise a number of questions to be explored. Will your client enjoy the journey? Read More.


A dream doesn’t become reality through magic; it takes sweat, determination and hard work. - Colin Powell
Start by doing what’s necessary, then what’s possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible. - Saint Francis of Assisi


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