The Mindset of A True Entrepreneur

Dr. Rayyan Ep
3 min readMar 24, 2021

It’s no news that as an entrepreneur, you must always try to think positively — no matter how difficult it may be.

However, what kind of mindset should a true entrepreneur have? Let’s find out!

The Entrepreneurial Mindset

Before we talk about the entrepreneurial mindset and how you can successfully develop it, let’s first dispel a popular myth about successful entrepreneurs:

Entrepreneurs are not born. They’re, in fact, made. There are a set of attributes an entrepreneur must develop (you can read them here in a previous article). Over time, these attributes are consciously inculcated and it becomes an inseparable part of them.

But, above these attributes comes the positive impression you have of yourself. You must be able to THINK like an entrepreneur before you become one.

Now that we have that out of the way, “what is an entrepreneurial mindset?”

An entrepreneurial mindset is a strong belief that you determine the outcome of actions you take and can succeed at them. It could also refer to a set of skills an entrepreneur must have. These skills help them to overcome the challenges they encounter and take responsibility for outcomes.

Developing The Mindset of A True Entrepreneur

Like I mentioned earlier, entrepreneurs are not born but made. The set of skills, attributes, and experiences they have, came about as a result of their positivity and willingness to develop.

And, it’s no rocket science. If they can do it, you can do it as well.

So, how can you develop the mindset of a true entrepreneur?

  • Know Yourself

Before you can become an entrepreneur, you must, in the words of Socrates, “know thyself.” What this means, simply, is that you must discover yourself. What are your strengths and weaknesses? How can you leverage these strengths and weaknesses to become a better version of yourself?

Ask yourself these questions. Carry out what is referred to as a “self-evaluation” to know who you are. Because, without a full understanding of “you,” taking effective actions for your development would be extremely difficult.

  • Be Decisive

The most successful entrepreneurs didn’t just appear from nowhere. They started from scratch and took certain actions to become who they are today.

Despite the uncertainties, you just have to take decisive actions to be successful. Imagine if Zuckerberg hadn’t taken the decisive action to create Facebook. Or, what if he had given up at an early stage? We probably wouldn’t have an international community like Facebook where people can easily reconnect with their loved ones.

So, don’t be afraid to take action. As Ralph Waldo Emerson puts it, “Once you make a decision, the universe conspires to make it happen.”

  • Be Confident

One of the important skills to imbibing an entrepreneurial mindset is confidence. You must learn to take action in confidence.

Eliminate that doubt you have in yourself. You know what you’re doing, don’t think otherwise.

The more actions you take in confidence, the better you become.

“What if it doesn’t work?” No, it will, you only have to be confident about it.

  • Don’t Give Up

Most times, you’ll have your dreams shattered at the infant stage. Other times, it could be when you’re so close to your goals.

All you need at both times is the resilience to continue. It might be difficult at the moment, but you’ll be glad you didn’t give up when you could have.

How long should you try? Until.” ―Jim Rohn


The way we see ourselves as humans, greatly influences how we live our lives. In entrepreneurship, the theory also applies.

An entrepreneur who doesn’t have a positive mindset is simply set for failure. Because, without positive thinking, it’ll be quite difficult for any entrepreneur to seize opportunities by the horn. Or face challenges head-on to achieve success over time.

So, my friend, start developing your entrepreneurial mindset today. It’ll help you in your journey.



Dr. Rayyan Ep

A Venture Builder based in Asia with over 20 years of entrepreneurial experience across APAC & MENA. Often described as a “Technopreneur”;