Finding Your “Can-Do” Attitude
This is the first post of a 2 part series on the “Can-Do Attitude.”
After reading Una Coleman’s recent post about the differences between British and American business styles and having a conversation with the lads from Bloggertone on Facebook, it became really apparent that a lot of my business philosophy has its roots in the basic pioneering spirit of America. (Okay, I did know this already but usually it’s a negative.)
One of the most pervasive themes in American thought comes out of the pioneering spirit that settled and built a nation. It’s the “Can-Do” attitude. It’s really not unique to America though. If it were, there wouldn’t be entrepreneurs globally. It’s in all of us who have a dream for a business and then find way to make it happen.
So, here are 3 important “must-haves” to get your Can-Do attitude part of your business operations:
- There’s gotta be another way. Your creativity and just plain stubborness are what drives this perspective. Entrepreneurs are a bit like mad scientists. How many other people do you know view failure as something other than a total 6 foot thick concrete wall? So something didn’t work or circumstances are not ideal, well, what else is there?
- Perseverance. Did I already mention stubborness? This is it’s more socially acceptable cousin. Either way, stick to your principles, your vision, and your big idea! Your willingness to show your grit through tedious testing and monitoring how your big idea works in reality, through the many networking meetings telling everyone about your business, learning about SEO and online marketing, and so many other things you didn’t consider when you founded your business.
- Avoid the Doom-and-Gloom crowd. Everyone has naysayers around them. Some are the talking heads who tell us how awful the recession is and how the recovery is very sluggish. For some entrepreneurs, there are family members asking them when they are going to get a real job. There are even other business owners at networking events talking incessantly about how hard it is to get clients to sign on. Yes, economic conditions are tough, no doubt! And…you have a business to run. Too much negativity is going to drain your enthusiasm, your energy, and, most importantly, your belief in what you are building.
What do you see has “must-haves” in your Can-Do attitude?