I went fully into the business world in July 2008. However before this time, I had read frommore than 200 books about entrepreneurship, leadership, human relationship, etc. then,I thought that I was reading those books to learn how to build a business but now lookingback, I discovered that the most important thing those books did for me was to help meto do the single most important thing you need to do before starting a business andthat’s what I want to show you in this video.

If you’re new here consider subscribingso that you won’t miss other interesting blog like this. Now let’s get into it. You see, after reading hundreds of books withthe intention to learn how to build a business, I eventually discovered that the single mostimportant thing those books did to me was to change the way I see the world. In other words, the very first thing you needto do before starting a business is to change the way you see the world. Let me explain. You see, most people in the world were trainedto be employees.

The One Thing to Do Before Starting a Business
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Because of this, the way they are programmedto see the world isn’t like a problem, solvers. In fact, the world we were trained to seemost at times is a world of security, a world where the government is the reason why thingsare bad, a world where we think of someone to give us a job and take care of us for therest of our lives. It’s a world where nothing much comes fromus; a world where whatever is wrong is other people’s fault. Now that you want to be an entrepreneur, nowthat you’re starting a business, even before you think about the business to start andhow to raise money or build a team for such business, the very first thing you need todo is to change the way you see the world because until you change the way you see theworld, you cannot change the world and entrepreneurship is about changing the world. So how should you see the world?

First, start seeing yourself as a significantpillar in the world’s affairs. Most of us were conditioned to see our selfas one tiny insignificant part of the big world. the problem with this mindset is that, youcan’t change the world except you can challenge the world and you can’t challenge the worldif you think you’re just one person out of 8 billion people and if you can’t challengethe world, you cannot build a great company because great companies are built by peoplewho are crazy enough to think that everyone is wrong. To be a great entrepreneur, you must see yourselfas a significant part of the world, as someone who matters, as someone who can change theworld, as someone whose presence in the world is a blessing to the world.

Yes, this sounds like pride but of course,you need a good dose of pride to build a successful business. Second, stop thinking that our forefathersare right and always so. In our society today, it’s so easy to believethat whatever has been in existence for 100 years is good and that’s why everyone likesit. Well, as Steve Job said, everything you seearound you today got started from an ordinary human being who was probably not as smartas you are. Again, this sounds like pride but such prideis highly needed to be a successful entrepreneur. You must be courageous enough to questionthe way things are done, even things that have been the way they are before you wereborn.

Stop thinking that our forefathers were alwaysright. We can challenge and change many things theycreated and that’s how great businesses are born. Third, stop expecting a Messiah. We were all trained to expect a messiah, someoneto give us job, someone to fix our road, economy and life, someone to take care of us whenwe are old, etc. well, if you really want to be a successful entrepreneur, you’llhave to stop expecting someone else to fix your life. You don’t only have to be independent.

You have to become a messiah. Watch and pay attention to how successfulentrepreneurs talk about the world. Pay attention to how Elon Musk talks aboutelectric cars and you’ll see that he believes that he needs to save the world from climatechange. Watch and observe how Jack Ma talks aboutE-commerce, it’s obvious that he wants to save the world by helping small businessesgrow

Watch videos of the early days of Microsoftand Apple and notice how Bill Gate and Steve Job were crazy about making the world a betterplace. Today, they have actually made our world abetter place. Mark Zuckerberg is crazy about connectingthe whole world. If you think its money that is driving thesepeople, just remember that they already have too much of it

You have to start seeing yourself as a victor,a messiah, someone who can challenge and change things, someone who the world needs for importantprogress and advancements. Yes, this comes with some pride but there’sno other way to build a successful business other than to think that you can change theworld and there’s no way to believe that you can change the world without some levelof pride. That’s why Steve Jobs said, “Those whoare crazy enough to think they can change the world are those who change the world.

What keeps these great entrepreneurs and othersis that they wake up every morning to see themselves as messiahs, someone who doesn’tneed help, instead, someone who is sent to the world to help the world. To be a great entrepreneur, you must stopexpecting someone else to help you. You must start seeing yourself as a helper,a messiah who is needed in the world. 4. Do the opposite of complaint. Everywhere you look in the world, you’regoing to see everyone complaining about everything.

That’s what we’re trained to do becausethat’s the easiest thing to do. Who on Earth cannot open his mount and complainabout anything? What most people cannot do is to work towardsa solution because this is a lot of work. Unfortunately, that’s what you have to do. If you truly want to build a great business,you have to stop complaining about anything that’s wrong. Instead, pay attention to what people complainabout and ask yourself, “how can we solve this problem?’ Again, this makes you feel like a messiahand that’s fine because until you feel a great responsibility toward the world untilyou’re angry about something and you’re willing to spend your whole life changingit until you think like a messiah, you can’t build a great company.

5. Stop being competitive. Life is competitive. That’s what we were made to believe. You have to compete against everyone in HighSchool; you have to do the same in the university. You have to compete against everyone to geta job. It’s the survival of the fittest. But that’s not really the spirit that makesyou build a great company. While in the outside you see great companiescompeting against each other, the strength of their competition is cooperation. Think of it as a soccer match. Soccer is one of the most competitive sportsin the world, right? But that competition can only be won by cooperation. The team that wins is always the team thatworks together. You see the picture here?

While you’re going to have to compete inthe business, your strength of competition will come from your ability to build a greatteam, form alliance and partnership with others. Just as a soccer team must pay more attentionto their team than the competition, it’s important that anyone who wants to be successfulin business to know how to build great team, cooperate with others and form alliances. In summary, the first thing to do when startinga business isn’t to look for the capital or an office building. The very first thing you have to do is tochange your world view. You have to change the way you see yourselfin relation to the way you see the world. You have to stop seeing yourself as a victim.