How Connected Is Mindset & Entrepreneurial Success

February 27, 2019


In business I often here people say "Once I make it big in business I am going to be so much happier." There are several key ingredients that need to be in place for true happiness.  I have observed 3 key areas that when engaged  level-up your entrepreneurial success.  Let's take a look at Doing, Having & Being. Doing, having and being are the basic states of our existence. These states are relevant to the question of how we define who we are. To power up your mindset for entrepreneurial success, I feel you have to have a nice healthy balance.  The Japanese have a concept called "Ikigai" (pronounced ee-key-guy) is a wonderful Japanese concept that essentially means “a reason for being.” It’s made from two Japanese words: iki, meaning “life” and kai, meaning “effect, result, worth or benefit.” Combined: “a reason for living.”  


The Doing Mode-The job of this mode of mind is to get things done—to achieve particular goals that the mind has set. These goals could relate to the external world—to prepare something, build a house, or travel overseas—or to the internal world of self—to feel happy, not make mistakes, never be depressed again, or be a good person. The basic strategy to achieve such goals involves something we call the “discrepancy monitor”: a process that continually monitors and evaluates our current situation against a model or standard—an idea of what is desired, required, expected, or feared. Once this discrepancy monitor is switched on, it will find mismatches between how things are and how we think they should be. That is its job.



The Having Mode-This is more of what we have, property, power, money. To some individuals they feel our modern society is rooted in the ‘having’ mode, which seems people serve the economy, and the objects of worship are work, property, and power. We become what we have.



The Being Mode-The driven-doing mode is goal-oriented, motivated to reduce the gap between how things are and how we think we need them to be; our attention is narrowly focused on these discrepancies between actual and desired states. By contrast, the being mode is not devoted to achieving particular goals. In this mode, there is no need to emphasize discrepancy-based processing or constantly to monitor and evaluate (“How am I doing in meeting my goals?”). Instead, the focus of the being mode is “accepting” and “allowing” what is, without any immediate pressure to change it. The mode of being has at its prerequisite independence, freedom, and the presence of critical reason. Its fundamental characteristic is that of being active, not in the sense of outward activity, of busyness, but of inner activity, the productive use of our human powers.  I feel true happiness in life and success in business is a balance in all three.

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