Raise the B.A.R.

Raise the B.A.R.
By: Houssam Makki
Author / Speaker / Teacher / Life & Leadership Coach

It is really important to understand any term we use before actually
starting to use it or even call ourselves by it. A few months ago, my friends and I went out for a coffee; and we were talking on various topics until one of my friends said, “You know, I really don’t get it…whenever I ask someone about what they do in life, they simply say, ‘I am an entrepreneur!’ Whether they have a blog and a big
number of followers, a salon or any type of business.” Then she asked, “What is really an entrepreneur?”

She reminded me of myself when I started shifting my career years ago. I was interested to know what an entrepreneur looks like; because like many people, I had this misconception that an entrepreneur is a person who owns a business or many businesses; but it turned out to be that NOT every business owner or influencer is an entrepreneur; BUT an entrepreneur can own a business or more – and can influence others and change lives! So, what is exactly an entrepreneur?

Perhaps when we get to know the origin of the term “entrepreneur;” where it came from and how it evolved, we will have a better understanding of why not every business owner is an entrepreneur. This term comes from the 13th century’s French verb, “Entreprendre,” which means “to undertake.” And since then, it kept evolving to describe individuals who undertake risks; to individuals who creates value in an economy; then on to being a new ideas transformer, and so on. As you can see, entrepreneurs are not traditional thinkers. In fact, they:

  • Think differently
  • Do things differently
  • Have a different vocabulary

These individuals are driven by their ideas; and know that in order to be successful, they must stand on the edge of their lives! They NEVER wait on privileges, right time or things to happen. They are determined; and when you are determined, opportunities will come to you, I totally agree with the scientist-author Steven Johnson when he said, “Chance favors the connected mind.” Entrepreneurs are also focused, meaning that they know what they do and why they are doing it. Therefore, they never fall a victim of what is called, “shiny object syndrome” that causes distraction.

Whenever I connect with an entrepreneur, I notice that he or she is a person who always raises the B.A.R. higher; this is when I came up with the following motto, “If your beliefs doesn’t get you anywhere moving forward, challenge it!” Because only by challenging and raising your Beliefs, your Actions and Results will be raised automatically. Raising the Beliefs simply means upgrading the standards in the belief system and entrepreneurs know that in order to achieve results that sets them apart from the majority, they need to raise their BELIEF. Take a look on some of the standards stored in their belief system:

  • Self worthiness
  • Growth mindset
  • Possibilities
  • Abundance
  • Serving others
  • Changing the world
  • Failure is success’s best friend
  • Expansion

Here is a relevant example of a successful entrepreneur; who is the richest African American of the 20th Century and the world’s only Black billionaire for three years running according to Forbes magazine and Life magazine hailed her as the most influential woman of her generation: Oprah Winfrey today owns a TV network called (OWN)
Oprah Winfrey Network. Based on the upgraded standards, entrepreneurs understand that no one can achieve big things alone, John Maxwell puts it this way, “One is too small a number to achieve greatness.” Therefore, they become very strategic when it comes to being surrounded with the right environment; because they know that in order to maximize ACTIONS and accelerate success to achieve goals, one must be surrounded with and have access to mentors and/or coaches who will:

  • Stretch their mind and abilities.
  • Ask them questions they’ll never ask themselves and challenge their thinking.
  • Sharpen their thoughts for better outcomes.

Finally, in all human affairs, there are efforts and there are results. The strength of the effort is the measurement of the result. Remember, It is really important to understand any term we use before actually start using it or even call ourselves by it.

I am Houssam Makki. I am the reborn; this is my message, and I am paying it forward to inspire others.

Be blessed,
Houssam Makki
Author / Speaker/ Teacher / Life & Leadership Coach

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