Everyone is an entrepreneur; they just don’t know that they are. Almost every single individual on Earth has, at some point, been paid a certain amount of money by somebody else for providing a service to that individual.
If you have a job, you are an entrepreneur. This might sound bizarre, but your boss is actually not your boss, he is your customer. Your boss hired you to take care of certain parts of his business, including taking care of his customers, doing all this ensures that your “boss” continues to be happy with the service you provide him with and is thus happy to pay you for the service you provide him with.
Your boss, employer, is your first customer. This mindset will help you grow as a business professional, or entrepreneur. Having provided a service to your first customer – your boss – you can now work on growing your business by acquiring a second customer, then the 3rd and 4th… Get the picture?
Plenty of people go to work with a poor and negative attitude, complaining that their employer is exploiting them to enrich himself, sometimes this is the case, but most of the time it is not. When you see your employer as your customer, you will treat and serve his customers well, which will improve your relationship with your customer, your employer. This makes it easy for you to negotiate your raise. The level of customer service you give to your employer determines the access you have to negotiate a higher salary payment from him.
Also, for the mere fact that you view your work in this way, your self-esteem will sky rocket not matter what your job title is. You will begin to see yourself as the boss, and this will not degrade your employer in your eyes, in fact the level of respect you have for your employer will rise as you begin to give the best customer service possible, not to him only but also to his customers.
You employer might be a corporation, a government department, or an NGO – just begin to see them as your customer and begin to see yourself as an entrepreneur providing a service. Treat them as if they were the only customer you had on earth – and most often they are – and treat their clients with such respect that they never miss an opportunity to tell your boss about the great work that you are doing.
This, my friends, is how massive wealth is built – by serving. A lot of people don’t realise this, but once someone pays you, any amount, for doing any job for them, then you are in business with the person who is paying you. They are your customer.
Congratulations. You are an entrepreneur, excel at it!
CEO, Quality Growth International
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