The pandemic has and is an unprecedented period in our lives that has changed how we live and work forever. With the rise in people starting small businesses how has what we have lived through and are still living through support our business journey? Well, here are three lessons from COVID-19 that may help us develop an entrepreneurial mindset?
1. Get Comfortable with the Uncomfortable. Entrepreneurship is a journey that is full of twists and turns. You don’t know what you don’t know but you have to precede and act without a fully formed map. Like during the height of COVID. It took faith and courage for all of us to follow a roadmap in which we didn’t know the outcome; and take steps that would lead to the next step with no guarantee it would work out or what the outcome would look be.
2. Plan for the long haul. COVID-19 disrupting people’s business plans and goals. Some people had to pivot, while others had to start again. Either way COVID is a virus we have to learn to live with so having a 2 or 3 business strategy for success may not cut it. Setting business goals for 5, 10 or 15 years may become the new norm to take into account COVID or other unprecedented disruptions.
3. Learn from life’s lessons. to realise long term goals you will also have to develop what Dr Carol Dweck calls a ‘Growth Mindset’. Attitudes and behaviours in which although you have not obtained success or mastery yet, in learning the life lesson in a negative experience with this feedback and perseverance you can improve and get better to fulfil your goals. In short, by taking consistent imperfect action (and learn how to improve along the way) practice can make progress.
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As well as the blog, The Business of Life is developing an online coaching programme called *5 Steps into Entrepreneurship: Side Business Start Up Success* for women over 40.
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