By Lamin Turay
When starting or running your own business there are many pitfalls that you should avoid. From simple everyday distractions like getting bogged down by email, to more significant things like overworking without enough rest. We all face these issues, but may not know about some of the more intrinsic traps which we may have already fallen into. In a September 2016 article, Kristen Vanstrom, a contributing writer at Business.Com details 5 Thoughts Traps That Cloud New Entrepreneurs. She talks about how simple things like believing that if all the most successful people in your industry are doing something then you should do it, can be hazardous to your own prosperity. Another great point she makes is about the concept of "Hustle". A lot of rhetoric is spewed out in the entrepreneurial world about how the one who hustles most will always come out on top. The problem with this is, there is no emphasis on focus. If you don't have a clear direction, then your level of hustle won't mean much at all. Vanstrom sums this concept up very well in the quote below.
If you don't know how to swim, but jump in the water anyways, and just flail your arms as fast as you can, you will still drown. But, if you keep a steady back and forth kick going under the water, you will float. "
Kristen's article about the thought traps to avoid as a new entrepreneur is a great read, and something we suggest anyone should archive for future reference. Beyond the thought traps she even offers solutions for making a better way forward for yourself. She talks about keeping a mindset of "If it's been done before, it can be done again". Have an understanding that a majority of the most successful people out there are no smarter than you. We recommend taking some time out of your day to give Kristen's article a read, and a bookmark. You can find the article through the link below. Cheers!
Kristen Vanstrom's 5 Thought Traps That Cloud New Entrepreneurs