Get in the Game - Gaining the Mindset of an Entrepreneur

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By Kelly Smith; Top photo by Justin Hackworth for Alt Summit

There is a big difference between a dreamer and a thinker. Dreamers wonder; they create movement from one experience or idea to another. Thinkers take an idea and dissect its possibilities into tangible scenarios. The trick to gaining the mindset of an entrepreneur is to actively engage with both desires, turning the thought into the dream and vice versa. Or as Bri Emery, the founder and editor of Design Love Fest, refers to it, "figuring out the secret ingredients." 

While speaking at Alt Summit Summer, Joy Cho (successful designer, blogger, and entrepreneur) shared her life story of how she started her first business at a very young age. 

Photo by Brooke Dennis for Alt Summit

It is fascinating to hear stories from the start, but how do the rest of us tap into those wonderful qualities that create drive and success? I think the hardest part is getting started. There is just so much to think about between business plans (advice from Barbara Corcoran), brand recognition, and reaching out to others, not to mention the looming fear of failure. But, the beauty of life is that failure does not equate the end; in fact, it is often the beginning of a whole new story. It gives us the power to know what works and the opportunity to redefine goals (another Joy Cho must read article). 

So sit down, listen to a podcast or two, have a really great conversation with someone you admire, and then make some decisions. Think about what you want, write down those goals, and decide to get in the game for the long haul. 

And of course, it is never too late to learn from the best in the business - so sign up for this Friday's (October 24th, 2014) Alt on Topic - Making Money in the Changing Media Landscape curated by Meg Keene of A Practical Wedding

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Marketing creative, community engagement specialist, technophile, photographer, food and wine enthusiast, and the founder and editor-in-chief of The Road to The Good Life, a lifestyle blog about appreciating and enhancing your life by being grateful for the "haves" instead of lingering on the "wants." There you will find personal stories about my life and family weaved in with real-life, achievable entertaining tips, recipes for hearty home cooked meals, and DIY projects for capturing and sharing memories. I believe the best place to swap stories is over a shared meal, preferably a Thai-meal served family style, and teach an online introduction class to Thai Flavors and host the Family Dinners at The Station supper club in San Francisco.