You're An Entrepreneur (...even if you're not...)

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From womb to tomb - you're an entrepreneur.

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In fact, you've taken on the form of many different startups since your conception. Your first big position was CEO of an "In-Vitro Cell Multiplier & Umbilical Sucker" Agency that produced Morning Sickness on tap.

(...put that on your next resume...) 😂

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Through every passing era, your role has evolved.

You've built and re-built startup after startup. The burning remnants of iterations have tumbled to the ground at your feet, and you've picked up the coles with your bare skin and whispered:

"Time to build again... but this time... I know better..."

You're always learning - always iterating.

The previous versions of yourself have had different values to offer. You've had a variety of complex mandates for how you live and deal with situations.

  • You've merged with girlfriends/boyfriends - husbands and wives.

  • You've annexed with a new city for new jobs to employ your skills.

  • You've collaborated with social communities like Hive as co-authors of your destiny and "sharers" of your ideals.

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And through it all, you've dipped your toes in many waters. You've felt the heat of the fire and discovered just how close you could get before it burns you.

Your journey on Hive (as well as mine) has been one of those endeavors.

But as with all things... you're still learning. Just as I am.

Just as we all are.

Today, I was prompted (by a lead for my business, actually 😅) to write about something that MUST be avoided if we want to grow - not just on Hive or in business - but in every area of life.

So here's the odious thing that warrants avid aversion like bread warrants peanut butter & jelly...

The Poison Of "Entitlement" (...an entrepreneur's disaster...)

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"Entitlement"...

In (almost) 2022, this 11-letter word holds a rather negative connotation.

Just say it... Whisper it under your breath...

...and bubbling up from the soundwaves will come vivid visions of 30-year-old toddlers stomping their feet and banging their fists on the table as they scream at the top of their lungs:

"THAT'S MINE! I'M THE BOSS!"

I find it especially noticeable in the troubling world of "wanna-be-entrepreneurship". Notice, I didn't say entrepreneurship itself - because the most successful entrepreneurs I know live and breathe at least a few key tenants - and "entitlement" isn't one of them...

Here is a more accurate (and by all means, non-holistic) list:

  1. Taking responsibility for one's own actions.
  2. Being adaptive to change.
  3. Showing empathy and respect for others.
  4. And never expecting anything they didn't EARN from others.

That last one (#4) is incredibly important because when we start expecting other people to just "give us stuff" (whether that's a business opportunity, a click in an email, or even the scraps of attention left of their free time), we completely lose sight of how people actually operate.

The entire basis of a successful business is really built on the back of this one thing:

  • Delivering value to other people.

It's not about what we GET. It's about what we GIVE.

After all, if we don't add value to others, we don't really have a business at all, do we?

And if we don't provide value and yet still take people's money, that would make us con artists - not entrepreneurs, right?

But where many people focus on adding value ONLY to the themselves - I want to focus on something else entirely:

  • A 360-degree, multi-faceted value-giving mindset.

Your Success Can't Be Single-Sided

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Think of your life as if it's the Legendary armor you wear in your favorite RPG. Many of the pieces are socketed, and you can put Gems and Magic Stones in different places.

And while an enemy may have the same base armor you do, what you put into those sockets is up to you. What you graft into your armor becomes your advantage - your differentiator between you and another character.

Each addition you make has a selection of specific benefits. And if you balance them just so... you'll have all the traits necessary to ride confidently into battle and win.

Some Stones will increase things like Defense. Some might increase abilities. Some might increase your ability to Attack. And maybe some will increase your Magical powers.

And while having more focus in certain areas is what makes you different, if you sacrifice too much of one for the others, you may end up DOA.

  • The Magic Stones and Gems you choose must be carefully balanced to provide the most powerful effect.

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But often, in life and in business, people fail to balance the items they "put into their sockets" with meaning and purpose.

It can be easy to focus on "attack" because we want to "kill the enemy fast" - but when we focus only on survival - we get so wrapped up in defense that we look like a preacher trying to survive the battlefield in Saving Private Ryan.

Needless to say, these things don't work in our favor.

Now think of this:

  • What would happen if you assembled your life in such a way that EVERY touchpoint someone has with you adds value to them?

  • What if all your Hive posts were valuable and helped people?

  • What if your collaborations at work exuded value above all else?

  • What if everyone you encountered felt respected and well-treated by you?

  • What if you communicated more effectively and spent more time developing your themes?

This is where (I'm learning) you really start having positive results in life. It's when you start really living this way (authentically) that the universe starts casting that value back at you in the form of:

  • New friends...

  • New fans...

  • New leads for your business...

  • Better relationships ...

  • Collaborations...

  • And more...

Yes, it takes time. But think of it as a mountain river in the springtime. As the snow melts, it slowly adds more until the river is raging.

It happens slowly, but before you know it, it's become a powerful force that can't be deterred - carrying you to new heights.

True Gratification Isn't Instant

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In life, we seem to do this:

We invest all our value in (what we perceive to be) "quick wins". And we're naturally inclined to desire instant gratification for our efforts rather than taking the slow road to the top.

I recently read a post by @taskmaster4450 that talked about such a mindset on Hive and how important it is to look at our investment of time here as a "long-haul" project.

And while I "fell off the Hive wagon" for a while, I definitely see the value in sticking around. I'm loving Splinterlands. I'll finally be in a financial position to put more "skin in the game" soon. I get so much more out of what I read after having learned so much the past couple of years.

This community really is an opportunity to share incredible value with one another. I just wish I was a faster reader! 😂 But I'm working on that.

But there's one point that I'm trying to make, and that's this:

  • Honor on this platform is earned, not just received by happenstance.

It takes a series of interactions and engagements to really get on people's radar. It's not that easy, and it requires effort. But if you're in it for the right reasons - it's all worth it.

The people I've had personal interactions with here like @tarazkp, @galenkp, @riverflows, @meesterboom, @mindtrap, @taskmaster4450, @ryzeonline, @minismallholding, and so many more (sorry if I missed you)...

...all these people have been producing incredible value for the community since I first struggled to understand what a HASH string was and how to log in with that blasted "Posting Key"...

They've never stopped. They've stuck with it. And for each of them (and all of us who've enjoyed their content) it has paid off well.

I've never walked into a single one of their posts and been disappointed. And so, I know I can trust them with my time.

That's where the value is: trust.

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They've each far more than earned their trust in the hearts of Hivers across the world. And they've each certainly had their own share of influence on my life (whether they realize it or not).

I guess, what I'm saying is:

  • We can all take an example from their book and take responsibility for everything we put out into the world.

Myself VERY included.

Because...

We're All Hive-repreneurs

Every one of us IS our own brand here...

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Our words, videos, and thoughts leave a permanent impression on each other as we trade value like blistering hot metal back and forth with our fingers, our voices, and for some of us, our instruments.

Always learning. Ever-evolving.

We brand each other with smoldering irons of meaning, resculpting our own beliefs, and helping others to transcend old mindsets.

And behind every wallet key is the face - the mind of a brand. Electrically charged, churning, and firing signals across the chain.

Because on Hive:

  • You are a brand.
  • Your content is the product.
  • I am your customer.

"So... what's on the menu today?" 🙄

And with your own brand comes the responsibility to grow it...

The Responsibility Of Your Success Is On YOU

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With great responsibility...

...comes the OBLITERATION of an "entitled" mindset.

  • You and I are in the driver's seat. No one else.

  • You and I decide the time and effort we'll put into these posts.

  • You and I decide if we'll spend the extra time putting more depth and visual stimuli into the language.

  • You and I decide if we'll elicit visceral reactions in one another.

  • You and I decide if we will create for impact and meaningful change in one another.

  • You and I will decide if we take those extra few minutes to grab the best pictures and visual aids we can.

Our success is in our hands.

Let's do our best with what we've got.

Thanks for reading,
@badseedalchemist.



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Great post, and one I agree with, but it may ruffle some feathers. Some people are triggered by the word 'brand', or the mention of 'business' in any part of life, or even a whiff of something that might 'turn corporate.'

But they're usually people who a) accomplish very little with their handful of years on earth, b) are in for a rude awakening in a few years when they realize their views don't serve them, or c) are jealous of people who've built up great 'personal brands.'

I was all three.

As a kid I spat on 'shallow celebs' like Britney Spears because her 'art was fluff.' Now I celebrate her incredible impact and successful personal brand evolution over the years. My multiple winters homeless humbled me into a rude awakening that my ridiculous hatred of economic growth, success, or branding was harming me and those around me. And the whole time, all I wanted was to make an impact, be valuable, and shine bright, like the incredibly well branded heroes I looked up to.

Ah well, we all have to learn the hard way, or in our own sweet time, sometimes.

Hopefully others take your words to heart and learn faster than I did.

Also, thanks for sharing your experience, great writing (and 'slow' reading, lol), and including me alongside other such successful and high-value hivers. I'm honored. Wishing you a great day! 🙏

P.S. Just in case it helps, some quick tips to polish one's personal brand on Hive is here: 5 Often Overlooked Details To Get Votes & Follows

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Bro! 🤯

I actually saw this message on my phone and immediately went for my keyboard. Homeless?

Bro!

(yes... I said it again...)

I've been there...

I spent years on the streets with nothing but a guitar (lacking a few strings) and the clothes on my back and many a winter outside both in snow (not on the coast) and in rain (on the coast). I know the anger alienation and seclusion can cause in a person's heart all too well.

I know what it feels like to be judged harshly by people who don't even know you - just because you don't have $$. That's when all that "runnin' and gunnin'" I was talking about started.

I still remember singing this little thing I wrote walking down the road:

"Pavement, killin' my knees,
"The cigarette between my fingers, makin' me wheeze,"
"Wastin' all my time starin' at trees,"
"Takin' my time, takin' time - scrapin' off fleas..."

"Yea... Yea..."

"Gutters drainin' music to the beat of my feet,"
"Cars sailin' by but I'm unseen by the fleet,"
"They see my dirty hands and they don't wanna' greet,"
"Cause I'm the type a' mutha' @#[email protected]' that they don't wanna meet.."

"Yea... Yea..."

I feel it bro. Glad we both made it out!

Cheers!

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I'm honored to have spurred you towards your keyboard.

Yeah, I was homeless for about 2.5 years on the cold (and sometimes sweltering) streets of Toronto. I wrote about it a bit more in my post From Homeless Jerk To Teacher Of Rebels and my post How I Solved My Homelessness With Piss-Poor Law Of Attraction Skills.

Interesting to meet someone else who's been there. I avoided most judgment because I managed to appear 'well-off' and 'dignified' using some tricks and relatively positive-vibes when interacting with others. I remember a few times homeless (?) people asked me for money and I inside I laughed thinking "You have more in your hat than I have total, sir"

Seems like your experiences at least sparked some musical and lyrical creativity. (I like this line - "Cars sailin' by but I'm unseen by the fleet,") Mine caused me to write this:

"There are those who touch our lives
Like miracles that help us thrive
They inspire greatness in our hearts
They get us writing, making art
They do these things with little praise
They ask no credit, make no waves
But their value's beyond measure
And you're included, you I treasure"

And yes, glad we both made it out indeed... and now I'm a 'brand' happy to trigger any 'money-is-evil' hippies I can, lol! 🙏

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And yes, glad we both made it out indeed... and now I'm a 'brand' happy to trigger any 'money-is-evil' hippies I can, lol! 🙏

Haha! 😂

Maybe the next mindset shift is: "A Personal Brand Isn't A Brand. It's A Way Towards Clearer Self-Perception."

Because a brand ALWAYS starts with you (or whoever creates it). It doesn't start with the people who see it. And before we ever catch a glimpse of a new brand, there have been hours of careful thought and planning put into it.

Questions upon questions asked about oneself in the name of "defining" the brand.

The voice. The style. The tone. The colors. The avatar. The "motto". And the billion other ever-changing trends of traits that come and go - they're all "tools of perception" that help us more clearly define who we want to be.

So... ya... creating a brand is just a market-ey way of saying, "Defining who you are" or "Getting to know yourself better."

😁

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Yep, I tend to see 'brand', for anything, more as the 'reputation', 'narrative' or 'collective perception' of the thing (whether a corporation, person, product, etc.)

People get triggered by the word 'brand', but everything has a reputation or perception by the collective.

And as you say, that perception has been shaped by many actions/choices (intentional or not) beforehand.

We're all defining 'who we are' at all times, consciously or not. 🙏

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It's easy to complain about the rich and blame them for our woes. I think it's one thing that can unite just about any working to middle class person. If you disagree on everything else, just mention how the elites and super wealthy look down on us and take us for everything we've got. 😉 There's never any point in dwelling on it and blaming in the end, though. You accomplish nothing from it.

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You're so right. And it seems much easier to blame, finger-point, and complain, than it is to use one's own mind, mood, & limbs to self-elevate... so people usually latch onto the former, despite, as you say, "accomplishing nothing from it."

Thanks for always making such thought-provoking comments, I appreciate you. 🙏

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It's always good to chat with you, I enjoy a bit of thought provoking debate. Thank you for the tip, by the way. That was very generous.

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The feeling's totally mutual, and you deserve that tip and more, thanks for being a light on the blockchain :) 🙏

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There's never any point in dwelling on it and blaming in the end, though. You accomplish nothing from it.

Yep... all comes back to responsibility at the end of the day. We're all playing the hand we're dealt. Life's not fair. Never was. Never will be. But the best way to level the playing field is to start from where we're at and start moving up.

In order to do that, we've gotta' get firmly planted in the reality we're starting in. 🙂

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I don't know, if you read some of my earlier posts you might not think everything I posted was worthwhile. Let's not mention @galenkp's treading on Lego post, which was actually rather funny, especially when we got the story behind it.

I'm very much the tortoise type of person. I didn't come in with a bang like the others, just persisted. To see my brand up there with the others you've mentioned was actually quite a surprise and a little humbling. I'm honoured to have made an impact for you and have to say I've never been disappointed with anything I've read of yours, either.

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Treading on a Lego: Worst pain imaginable to mankind.

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Perhaps that should be one of the weekend topics. A debate on the worst pain imaginable to mankind. I'm sure many would argue it. 😜

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Many may argue, but all must come to the final and obvious conclusion: Treading on a Lego.

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Thanks for that last bit. 🙂

I definitely did some trash posting in the beginning too (during the discovery phase). Lol.

@galenkp's trash is always treasure though. He really knows how to turn a dumpster fire of a post into a side-splitting laugh factory.

That's value in and of itself. 😁

I think it's cause he's Aussie. 🦘🦘🦘

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As we say in England, he has the gift of the gab. He's true blue Aussie, though.

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Great post dude. You really do have to put in the effort, no one else is responsible for what you do. Unless you are in Prison!

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Lol!

Well... I've been there. And I assure you, even in prison there are people holding you responsible - at least for certain crimes - and at a bare minimum, your conduct! 😂

(...unless you're PC'd up... hahaha!)

I was, "walkin' that... walkin' that... mainline" 😁

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