What separates the successful entrepreneurs from the aspiring ones who never even take the leap? One key differentiator, it seems, is the person’s mindset. How you perceive and approach obstacles in front of you can make all the difference between success and failure over time. Here are four tips on how to boost that mindset and succeed as an entrepreneur:


Find a Mentor

A mentor can nurture your professional growth while also helping instill personal values. Some of the most successful entrepreneurs, including Warren Buffett, Richard Branson, and Mark Zuckerberg, attribute a considerable part of their respective mentors’ success. Finding a mentor can take time as you meet new people in the field. Avoid forcing the relationship with a prospective mentor and instead let it evolve organically through meaningful conversation after meaningful conversation.


Read With a Goal in Mind

It’s probably the most overused tip for self-improvement and honing oneself as an entrepreneur, but merely reading is sometimes insufficient. You need to read with a purpose. Read books that will either give you a better technical understanding of a problem you’re interested in solving. Don’t just read for the sake of having a book in your hands.


Expose Yourself to Challenge

This is perhaps one of the key differentiators between those who make it and those who fail to launch. Fear of the unknown has no place in an entrepreneur’s toolbox. Slowly get rid of this fear through exposure therapy. Go out and put yourself in challenging scenarios. You don’t have to go big right away. Small challenges, such as joining a business group online or tackling a new field of study, can then lead to larger and more meaningful challenges over time.


Spend Time With Fellow Entrepreneurs

The circle of people in your life imposes a much greater impact than most people think. Spending time with people who do not share the same drive or motivation as you do can severely impact your ability to produce anything. Spend time with fellow entrepreneurs and share your ideas while simultaneously listening to theirs.


An entrepreneurial mindset doesn’t just switch on/off when you need it. Over time, it becomes your lens in how you view real-world problems that extend beyond your professional or entrepreneurial ideas.