I took a quick look at the new Entrepreneur magazine at the local news stand, as it discusses the idea of being a billionaire instead of a millionaire. These days with the way tech companies are blowing up it's very possible to create that sort of wealth. Over at the Entrepreneur.com site they have a full article about how it's done.
The magazine offers the following traits about entrepreneurs:
- Entrepreneurs are less likely to be college graduates than non-entrepreneurs.
- They are more likely to attribute their success to determination, while nonentrepreneurs credit intelligence and education.
-They say their happiness increases as they accumulate more money.
-They are more likely to say money brings them self-confidence, while nonentrepreneurs say it brings them security.
(Note: The above findings are from a 2007 study of those who have assets of $5 million and above.)
Those concepts seem like no-brainers right? Except you'd be hard pressed to find people who say "Don't get an education". Many times it seems as if the best ideas are born from those with pure drive and creativity versus a ton of education credentials.
The article also looks at two very successful entrepreneurs. Marc Ecko created the very trendy and popular streetwear fashion line, Ecko. It currently includes everything from hoodies to jeans to watches and sneakers and has celebrity fashion models such as Ashley Tisdale. Ecko was once in a huge debt situation with his company and many thought he should jump ship. But he believed in the vision enough and that he could make it work. Ecko kept at it and he's now a success story.
The other man mentioned is 45 year old David Hitz who founded Network Appliance (NetApp). He was discouraged by his mother from getting a career in computers but chose not to listen. He now runs a data storage company which has exploded exponentially in both size and profits. He's been featured on Fortune magazine's "40 Richest Under 40" list as well. David does buck the trend mentioned above as he is a graduate of Princeton, but even so, many people use that education to simply "work for the man" instead of "being the man" themselves.
The main point about both Ecko and Hitz is they relied on hard work, determination and vision instead of listening to naysayers who tried to dash their dreams. Other successful entrepreneurs such as Bill Gates and Oprah have done the same and so can you. It's mostly about mindset.
If you're reading this blog now or a regular reader here you are probably looking for ways to make money online. That qualifies you as an internet entrepreneur. You may already have ideas for some sort of business you would like to start or have other ideas to make money. Now you need the proper mindset to put them into practice. As stated in Napoleon Hill's book, "Think & Grow Rich" the one thing we have absolute control over is our own thoughts. We can create and we can prevent others' negative thoughts from impacting us. So set your mind to start thinking big...do you want to be a millionaire or billionaire?
Shoot for the moon and study the mindset of these individuals at the article: Who Wants to be a Billionaire?