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Entrepreneurial skills

Entrepreneurial skills to help you become better at work.
Entrepreneurial skills
Image credit: Austin Distel (@austindistel)

You can go through life in one of two ways:

  1. You have the option of doing what everyone else is doing, or
  2. Pursuing your own interests.

I've been on both sides.

When my wife became pregnant for the first time, I worked as a front-end developer at a small studio daily. My everyday routine consisted of getting up at 6 a.m., taking a train to another city, working for 8 hours each day, and then returning home.

Even though I was a front-end developer, I had no clear responsibility other than to follow my boss's instructions. I was taking orders without considering how they might affect the company or the projects I was helping to develop. For almost six months, I worked like a robot before realizing one simple fact.

When my wife gave birth to our first child and I looked into his eyes, I realized I didn't want him to grow up thinking of his father as a loser. I wished he had a better life than I had. And I completely understood that at a job where I couldn't make any decisions and made very little money,  I'd be unable to achieve the goals I had set for myself.

I quit. And that was the last "normal" job I had. I've just worked for myself since then.

I became a solopreneur after accepting that it was the only way I could actually feed my ambitions. No job will provide me with the lifestyle I desire. So I began researching the skills and qualities of people I admired - other entrepreneurs.

This is what we're discussing today. And, while I'm still honing some of those skills, I'd like to list them here so that I can get a better idea of the kind of person I want to be short.

You can advance your career and start your own business by sharpening your entrepreneurial skills.

I frequently notice that people don't have a strong sense of ownership over the work they're doing. This is why they are disappointed and unhappy at work. When a person has the freedom to choose what to work on and a little more control over the process and results, he or she becomes more motivated and inspired to work. All because this person can see the results of his own efforts and feels accountable for them.

Everyone has the opportunity to become financially independent through entrepreneurship. You can create a lifestyle that makes you happy while also having an impact on the world.

Here are the top five digital skills you can start learning today to leverage entrepreneurship and improve your job performance.

Communication

Developing good communication skills is essential for improving any skill, whether it is entrepreneurship or becoming a better employee.

Perhaps the most important life skill is the ability to communicate effectively. It is what allows us to communicate with others and understand what is said to us. Communication assists you in moving your ideas forward.

Here are some simple things you can do right now to improve your communication skills:

  • Practice public speaking or writing to deliver information to others more effectively
  • Learn to tell stories to make your message more engaging and emotional
  • Take the initiative and demonstrate your leadership abilities

Life-long learning

"There's always another level," says Ev Williams.

Most people learn something new every day as part of their daily routine, such as when they talk to others, browse the internet, read a blog, listen to a podcast, or discover a book of personal interest. They just don't realize how powerful this skill can be when used intentionally.

Choosing what you want to learn and then devoting your time and energy to pursuing it can lead to opportunities you could never have imagined for yourself.

Here are some easy ways to improve your life-learning abilities:

  • Learn new things by reading books (and taking notes), taking courses, and attending conferences
  • Develop new skills that you are proud of (cooking, skiing, public speaking, etc.)
  • Take up a new sport or activity (yoga, martial arts, etc.)

Design

In today's world, design is a meta-skill and a superpower. This is what distinguishes good from great products. It's not just about how things look and feel; it's also about how they function. The underlying structure and technology are just as important as the visuals in front of us.

Learning to design presentations, websites, or apps will allow you to better understand the concepts underlying what you're doing. And it's not just about drawing shapes and scribbling text on a blank canvas.

Empathy, or understanding other people's feelings, frustrations, and fears is central to the design. It's about finding solutions to problems and learning to look at the same old thing differently and (sometimes) use it in a new, unpredictable way.

Here are some easy ways to improve your design abilities:

  • Take a design course to learn the fundamentals of design
  • Practicing empathy can help you better understand the people around you
  • Look at the design inspiration sites like Dribbble and Behance, or install the Muzli extension to your browser to get a daily dose of good visual design inspiration to help develop better design taste

Coding

Coding is the new reading. To be able to produce an extraordinary job in any digital career field in today's world, you must first understand the basics.

Even if your job isn't directly related to the digital world, learning to code will improve your problem-solving abilities. It will also teach you to think in terms of systems and help you become more organized in whatever you do.

Here are some simple ways to improve your coding abilities:

  • Play games that help you learn the fundamentals of coding
  • Begin by creating an app/website for yourself and learning as you go
  • To learn more effectively, try teaching your friends or children to code

Finances

Successful business owners understand the significance of money management. A healthy entrepreneurial life necessitates the mastery of money and the improvement of financial intelligence.

Whether you're an independent contractor, a freelancer or the owner of a large corporation, one of the most important metrics to monitor is cash flow.

Here are some simple things you can start doing right now to improve your financial skills:

  • Find out more about investing. Invest in yourself by purchasing books, courses, and attending conferences, seminars, and workshops. Invest only in the field in which you have the most expertise, whether it is for your business or personal reasons
  • Learning basic accounting and bookkeeping is not difficult, but it will assist you in developing economic thinking and understanding the pulse of your business
  • If you don't know where to invest, start by saving enough money to cover your expenses for 6 to 12 months

Conclusion

I am a firm believer that anyone can become an entrepreneur. However, not everyone is required to. Most people are unaware that it takes a significant amount of sacrifice (especially in the beginning) to achieve a certain level of success.

However, entrepreneurship is nothing more than a set of skills, values, and mindsets that can be learned, acquired, and shifted. Mostly through personal experience, but also from great people in the community.

What skills would you add to the list? Let me know what you think!