Tips for Having a Self-Starter Attitude
Having a self-starter attitude will take you (and your business) far.
It’s the start of a new year, and with it comes resolutions and exciting new possibilities. While you’re looking ahead and making resolutions, have you considered how you’ll tackle your business in the new year? One way to kick-start your business and set yourself up for success is by getting in the right mindset. In fact, it may be the best place to start! Having a self-starter attitude may not come naturally to everyone, but it’s key to being an entrepreneur. Merriam-Webster defines a self-starter as a person who has initiative. An alternative definition says it’s a person who is able to work without needing a lot of instruction or help. Does this sound like you, or someone you want to be? Read on for some tips for having a self-starter attitude.
Self-starters aren’t all talk—they’re people you can count on to actually do what they say they’re going to do.
Self-Starter Attitude 101
Be your own boss
Self-starters know how to be their own boss. They’re highly self-motivated and don’t need to wait for anyone to tell them what to do. In the same vein, they’re proactive and have no problem doing things without being asked. As an entrepreneur, you may already be used to being your own boss. If that’s the case, good for you! You’re that much closer to possessing the self-starter attitude.
Make it happen
There’s one trait you can’t miss about self-starters. They’re notorious for making it happen. A person with the self-starter attitude is action-oriented. They’re predisposed to taking action and following through. Self-starters aren’t all talk—they’re people you can count on to actually do what they say they’re going to do. As a business owner, this is one of the most important traits you should have. If you don’t follow through and make things happen, your business won’t grow, and you won’t succeed.
Take the leap
The self-starter attitude breeds one thing for sure: boldness. And if not boldness, fearlessness. Because one thing a self-starter can’t be is crippled by fear. So if you want to practice the self-starter attitude, do what scares you, and don’t be afraid to take the leap. Self-starters are rarely afraid of taking initiative—or of being the only one doing so. If you have a good idea, pursue it. Don’t get caught up in self-doubt just because no one around you is doing it. Self-starters are leaders by nature, and sometimes a leader is a pioneer, doing and believing in something because it’s smart, even if it doesn’t make sense to others.
One thing a self-starter can’t be is crippled by fear.
Count the cost
So let’s say you take the leap. Does that make you foolish? Not necessarily. The self-starter also counts the cost and takes calculated risks. Being proactive and bold and unafraid all means nothing if it’s not paired with wisdom and intuition. A self-starter is a risk taker, and sometimes that means they’d rather ask for forgiveness than permission. They have the foresight to see a successful outcome and they chase it, trusting that, even though it’s risky, it’s going to be worth it.
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