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The Future of Entrepreneurial Businesses

Stewart Borie, a entrepreneurial management consultant and colleague of mine, posed a question on LinkedIn and my answer is below.  His question reads:

What is the trend in entreprenership? Will it explode or will it stay level?

I have been an Entrepreneur and Advisor for over two decades, with a passion for Entrepreneurship and an MBA from Wharton in Entrepreneurial Management. I believe there is the potential for a “perfect storm” of Entrepreneurship in the coming decade. The recession, coupled with an aging population with little savings, a new generation of social networking and new generations of technology enhancing the “flattening” of the world and business, emerging economies such as China and India; all point to a new frontier of entrepreneurship, with waves of new entrepreneurs emerging of all ages. Is it coming? Where will it come from? What will it look like?

His original question can be found here:

http://www.linkedin.com/answers?viewQuestion=&answerLevel=fullAnswer&questionID=542670&askerID=5459625&goback=.hom.mid_1409998237

And here is my answer…

Stewart, I do agree with you that a perfect storm COULD be created. The trends do seem to be going in that direction. And, while the last comment about “consultants drowning people” may be a bit overly pessimistic, the other comment about the percentage of failures and stiff competition is quite accurate.

What I feel we need to remember as we look to the future is the larger cycles that we are experiencing on earth. Check out the DVD called The Great Year, as it talks about the 24,000 year cycles on this planet.

We are, according to the ancient sages and current wise people, on an upward cycle in general. However, what they also say is that we are just out of one of the lower periods.

So, we have a long way to go before our entire planetary consciousness is made up of largely good people helping one another. The entrepreneurial spirit that can and does help people is what I am working to support. Those that see a need and set up a system to fulfill that need can succeed, especially when their deepest motive is to truly be of service, to LOVE others and receive thanks in doing so.

I do believe that you are right, Stewart, there will be an upward growth in entrepreneurial business ATTEMPTS. The main question is, are these entrepreneurs aware of their need to get as much support as possible to beat the odds and approach their market with strength.

And, as we know, there is strength in numbers. As Keith Ferrazzi says, you need a team, a few people who you can trust completely and who “have your back,” and you need a network of advisors who you meet with regularly. You don’t want to go it alone. In fact, it’s almost impossible to succeed by yourself. Micro enterprises do have advantages over big businesses that allow them to change faster.

And, certainly we are experiencing a LOT of changes, faster than ever before, as fewer and fewer people are trusting traditional forms of advertising. Neilsen did a Global Online Consumer Survey in July of 2009 that shows that people are most likely to trust the advice of people they know, and secondarily trust the opinion of consumers who post comments online, especially negative ones.

So, relationship marketing, one-to-one advice, social media, and word of mouth marketing are going to dominate the most successful company’s marketing strategy in the next decade no doubt. Any relationship based on loving service will ultimately grow the brand reputation and thus the revenue. Love conquers all… including prospective clients/customers!

I think, on the flipside, there is in general more FEAR dominant in the world consciousness as a result of the financial melting we are seeing at all levels. It is this fear that could freeze the individuals who would normally take risks and invest money and time.

So, if there is going to be an explosion in entrepreneurship that is SUCCESSFULLY creating new business growth, it will be a sign that love and not fear is dominant in the majority of people’s consciousness.

And, I feel there will be a growth in social entrepreneurship, where people focus on those activities that are most in harmony with other people and the planet, recognizing the divinity within the human heart as well as in nature.  Those businesses that are in line with our upward evolution in consciousness will be those that are led by and have operating principles that are also in harmony.

Psychological Factors in Achieving Professional Success


Professional success is all about psychology.

1) Most professionals, whether business owners or executives managing a team, need to be aware of their own psychology, how their mindset affects their effectiveness in all aspects in their business. 98% of our processing and behaviors are governed by the subconscious mind. In order to not simply react habitually to experiences throughout the day, professionals need to take the time each day to work on developing an optimal mindset for business success.

2) If you are in a service business, and 85% of small businesses in the US are service businesses, then you absolutely must have a thorough understanding of the psychology of your current and potential clients. I’ve noticed that most sales people, marketing strategists, and business owners have NOT taken the time to develop the imaginative skills required to truly place oneself in the mind of their clients. Once you can do this, you’re business will grow substantially. Why? All of your marketing messages will hit home and activate prospects. All of your sales strategies will include hot buttons that trigger the right response from prospective clients. And you’ll both retain and be able to upsell to your client base because they feel that you really truly “get” them. When you consistently solve someone problems exactly as they need them to be solved, you will keep loyal clients for life, who will naturally refer business to you.

3) Finally, as small businesses grow, especially from solopreneurs to 5 or 10 employees, it will be crucial that you choose partners and employees very carefully. Then, once you feel you’ve found the right people with the right mindset, you’ll need to treat them like family. Remember that people join companies but leave bosses. How you treat people when you let them go will also affect people that you retain. Know that the emotional life of your partners and employees is often more important that you realize. Ask yourself how you’d address issues with your brother or sister, and then treat your partners or employees like that. And, the Golden Rule can be aptly refined to the Platinum Rule: treat others as THEY would like to be treated. In order to do that, you need to develop a psychological sense of how they would prefer to be treated. Sometimes you can use your imagination and be accurate. Sometimes it’s best to simply ask them. Would you want to be respected and appreciated in a similar way? When you apply the Platinum rule to all of your relationships, be they partners, employees, or clients, you will have a thriving business. You are activating the Law of Reciprocity. Be of service to everyone in your life and they, directly or indirectly, will be of service in return.

If you refuse to see the world from the perspective of others, you will find that relationships don’t serve your goals. When you help other people achieve everything they want, they will help you achieve everything you want. Develop these psychological talents and you’ll find success chases after you instead of you chasing after it.

A Few Thoughts on Ambition and Prosperity Consciousness

Noble Ambition Creates True Prosperity


Ambition for becoming rich should include a desire to help others. You want to love people and use money, not the other way around! As a business owner, it is wise to think of one’s self as a “Philanthropic Entrepreneur.” Philanthropy literally means “love of people.” The common way of saying it is describing someone as a “Social Entrepreneur.” But, I don’t feel that Social Entrepreneur truly describes these noble and very giving people. When someone is so successful that they start to help others, they do so out of the goodness of their heart. It is out of a love of humanity and the joy that they feel while unselfishly helping others that these entrepreneurs are deemed philanthropists.


I believe it is perfectly acceptable—confirmed by any ethical principle in any philosophical or spiritual tradition available—for you to acquire all the money you can, so long as you are improving in some way your community or country or the world. Only those who foolishly think their actions are without consequence will seek financial gain by acting against the interests of others.


Opportunities in Life come by Creation, not by Chance


You created them with your thoughts and past actions. Whether or not you believe in the law of karma (most of the population of the planet DOES, by the way!), you do need to begin studying psychology enough to get yourself out of negative thought patterns that produce a life that is “stuck in a rut.” Do you feel like you are almost uncontrollably making the same mistakes over and over again? Having the same emotions of frustration and anger as a result of mis-managing your money or your small business marketing?


Well… I have good news for you!


You have unlimited powers that flow from the innermost forces of your being. It is worth investing some time into introspection. The return on your investment will produce more true freedam than nearly any other pursuit. You see, you achieve success or failure according to your habitual trend of thought.


Most of our decision and behaviors don’t happen consciously, they happen in the subconscious mind. Only when you begin to study your unconscious thoughts and beliefs will you be able to think correctly regarding everything you do. Your mind is, literally, the creator of your world. And, it is not your passing inspirations or brilliant ideas so much as your everyday mental habits that control your life.


Devote your entire will power to mastering one thing at a time; do not scatter your energies, nor leave something half-done to being a new venture. If you devote your attention to a single-minded focus on mastering your inner game, you’ll master your outer game much faster.


So, with love in your heart, a clear conscience, and supportive mental habits, the entrepreneur is setting him or herself up on a firm foundation for true and lasting prosperity.  If you are a new entrepreneur or if you are a seasoned business owners whose sales are down, feel free to contact me for a risk-free initial consultation.  Visit:  http://www.PhilanthropicEntrepreneur.com and submit your information.  You’ll love doing business with me.  I guarantee that you’ll make more money in your small business.  You only pay me a small portion of your INCREASED sales!  How’s that for an irresistible offer?!  Again, feel free to visit:  http://www.PhilanthropicEntrepreneur.com and submit your information… I look forward to speaking with you soon!

A few thoughts on Ambition and developing a Mindset for Success

Noble Ambition Creates True Prosperity

Ambition for becoming rich should include a desire to help others. You want to love people and use money, not the other way around! As a business owner, it is wise to think of one’s self as a “Philanthropic Entrepreneur.” Philanthropy literally means “love of people.” The common way of saying it is describing someone as a “Social Entrepreneur.” But, I don’t feel that Social Entrepreneur truly describes these noble and very giving people. When someone is so successful that they start to help others, they do so out of the goodness of their heart. It is out of a love of humanity and the joy that they feel while unselfishly helping others that these entrepreneurs are deemed philanthropists.

I believe it is perfectly acceptable—confirmed by any ethical principle in any philosophical or spiritual tradition available—for you to acquire all the money you can, so long as you are improving in some way your community or country or the world. Only those who foolishly think their actions are without consequence will seek financial gain by acting against the interests of others.

Opportunities in Life come by Creation, not by Chance

You created them with your thoughts and past actions. Whether or not you believe in the law of karma (most of the population of the planet DOES, by the way!), you do need to begin studying psychology enough to get yourself out of negative thought patterns that produce a life that is “stuck in a rut.” Do you feel like you are almost uncontrollably making the same mistakes over and over again? Having the same emotions of frustration and anger as a result of mis-managing your money or your small business marketing?

Well… I have good news for you!

You have unlimited powers that flow from the innermost forces of your being. It is worth investing some time into introspection. The return on your investment will produce more true freedam than nearly any other pursuit. You see, you achieve success or failure according to your habitual trend of thought.

Most of our decision and behaviors don’t happen consciously, they happen in the subconscious mind. Only when you begin to study your unconscious thoughts and beliefs will you be able to think correctly regarding everything you do. Your mind is, literally, the creator of your world. And, it is not your passing inspirations or brilliant ideas so much as your everyday mental habits that control your life.

Devote your entire will power to mastering one thing at a time; do not scatter your energies, nor leave something half-done to being a new venture. If you devote your attention to a single-minded focus on mastering your inner game, you’ll master your outer game much faster.

So, with love in your heart, a clear conscience, and supportive mental habits, the entrepreneur is setting him or herself up on a firm foundation for true and lasting prosperity.

If you are a new entrepreneur or if you are a seasoned business owners whose sales are down, feel free to contact me for a risk-free initial consultation.  Visit:  http://www.PhilanthropicEntrepreneur.com and submit your information.  You’ll love doing business with me.  I guarantee that you’ll make more money in your small business.  You only pay me a small portion of your INCREASED sales!  How’s that for an irresistible offer?!  Again, feel free to visit:  http://www.PhilanthropicEntrepreneur.com and submit your information… I look forward to speaking with you soon!