Breaking Out Of The "Does It Work" Mindset

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Not sure why this shift in thinking hadn't happened for my businesses until this year, but moving from a "does it work mindset" to "I'm going to try it and lead" mindset was a big shift we made this past your across our businesses that has made a big difference.

One of the things I think most people on this forum starting or growing their businesses try to get a handle on is how to move from "scraping a few bucks" from their business to rising to the next level.

Not surprisingly, when you take a serious look at leaders in any market they evolve from modeling and following others toward a leadership, proactive mode where they seek to "find out" and answer the questions others ask rather than join the crowd of those who ask.

I've focused on this a LOT this year in our business by getting out of the "follower" mindset where we ask "does it work" much less and actually go out and try things for ourselves.

This has made all the difference in the world, operating our business this way means we have gotten far more accomplished this year so far and have attracted new, very loyal followers and customers.

My conclusion from all of this is that learning from others and "following" has its place - you can certainly learn and speed up your own progress by learning the systems, methods, tools and getting advice from others who have accomplished what you are looking to do, but then you want to go beyond that learning with mindset to start answering the question "does it work" rather than always be asking.

It's a pretty big mind shift that has very real impact on how you work your business day-in, and day-out. When you make this shift, you are the "pioneer" seeking to lead versus always being a couple steps behind in the follower role.

Interested to hear your thoughts as either a newbie starting out or someone who has been cranking it for a while - what's your take?
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  • Profile picture of the author MikeMiller
    I completely agree!

    And I think that there's another aspect of this mindset. You can follow and learn from others, and try to find out things yourself at the same time. What really makes the different is actually trying out things. It doesn't matter whether it's a well-tried method learned from someone else, or it's something you try to find out on your own. But you have to take action and try things.

    What really makes the difference is what you rote:
    moving from a "does it work mindset" to "I'm going to try it and lead" mindset
    Too many people keep on learning and learning, processing the information, and coming up with newer and newer reasons why it won't work. You should just try everything, and don't be afraid to fail.

    Actually, if you are clever, than there isn't really such a thing as failing. There's only unexpected routes. (maybe this was a bit too philosophycal ) If you think you failed, but you can learn from your mistake, and use what you learned, you actually gain something.
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  • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
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    Originally Posted by jbsmith View Post

    Interested to hear your thoughts as either a newbie starting out or someone who has been cranking it for a while - what's your take?
    My take is that you made an outstanding post and we can probably all learn something from it.

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  • Profile picture of the author jbsmith
    Mike, Alexa - it's almost an "addiction to following" isn't it that must be broken which allows us to think differently along with the freedom to act and react faster.
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    • Profile picture of the author The Niche Man
      Originally Posted by jbsmith View Post

      Mike, Alexa - it's almost an "addiction to following" isn't it that must be broken which allows us to think differently along with the freedom to act and react faster.
      You got that right brother. That's a slippery slope I see more people ( as a crowd) falling into everyday. Pioneer, innovator and leader is becoming a bad word.

      Everyone wants a guarantee it will work before they even try. Everyone wants to know how many people succeeded at it before they'll tackle it. Everyone's looking for the crowds approval or validation before they move. That's the growing mindset.

      More and more people are afraid to skin their knee or bump their head trying new things. Instead of focusing (with pit bull determination) and making mid-course corrections until they succeed. That's old school. Now everyone wants zero risk solutions ... or no deal.

      The innovators of the past must be spinning in their graves and scratching their heads. In today's climate it takes b*lls to think like you did jbsmith and I'm glad you're seeing the rewards.
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      • Profile picture of the author MikeMiller
        You are so right. I actually don't understand most of the time, why so many people wnat proof-of-earning, or other hard proofs, that a method will work. The fact that someone did that, doesn't mean, in any ways, that it will work for you as well, or that you will get the exact same results.

        Although I would like to consider myself an innovator, rather than a follower, I still like to read other people's work. The difference is, that I never see any guide as a hard step-by-step guide which I should follow to the letter. You have a brain, you should use it If something worked for someone, you can analyze the method, take away what you can use for yourself, iterate it, combine it with your own methods, and become a pioneer, instead of a follower

        Originally Posted by The Niche Man View Post

        You got that right brother. That's a slippery slope I see more people ( as a crowd) falling into everyday. Pioneer, innovator and leader is becoming a bad word.

        Everyone wants a guarantee it will work before they even try. Everyone wants to know how many people succeeded at it before they'll tackle it. Everyone's looking for the crowds approval or validation before they move. That's the growing mindset.

        More and more people are afraid to skin their knee or bump their head trying new things. Instead of focusing (with pit bull determination) and making mid-course corrections until they succeed. That's old school. Now everyone wants zero risk solutions ... or no deal.

        The innovators of the past must be spinning in their graves and scratching their heads. In today's climate it takes b*lls to think like you did jbsmith and I'm glad you're seeing the rewards.
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        • Profile picture of the author Steve B
          JB,

          Great thread. The concept goes along extremely well with something I preach all the time - create your own niche - don't "pick" from the things you see others doing. Stand out and get noticed because you are different and willing to try new things.

          What you said . . . "you are the 'pioneer' seeking to lead versus always being a couple steps behind in the follower role" . . . is so true. And I know that others will recognize this quality in you personally and your business. They will rally behind someone that is willing to blaze the trail.

          Excellent points in this thread.

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    • Profile picture of the author discrat
      Jeff,
      Really an insightful Post.

      I think you bring up such a great point.

      People use other trailblazers before them to carve out their way in business.

      But when you have been around long enough or have insight that no one else has , then of course it is really advantageous to try things and test them and let this decide your next course of action.

      - Robert Andrew
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      • Profile picture of the author freshideas
        Awesome post and thanks for putting this spin on it.

        It's so true and anyone will find the same thing happen regarding their business and the way you treat people whom you come into contact with.

        If you, as marketer, deliver value and solve people's problems your business will grow. Step past the greed of getting others to buy from you at whatever cost and give something, lead and be the pioneer.

        People follow leaders and action takers.
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