The Change To Entrepreneur – Are You Ready?

When you first decide to become an entrepreneur, you may do it for negative reasons, such as “I hate my job”, “I never get to see my kids”, “I am sick of working for idiots”, “I don’t have the money or the time to do what I really want to do”, or “I’m just making someone else rich while I work my butt off”. These negative things can be good in that they show you what you don’t want. This should lead you to ask “What DO I want?” So, you come up with “I want to do work that I love”, “I want to be able to spend time with my kids”, “I want to be my own boss”, etc. How do you get all of these “wants”?

Eventually you come to the conclusion that having your own business is the way to go – being an entrepreneur is the path to getting all of those wants. You begin to look for business opportunities and may even start to study some books on business. Or you may already have an idea regarding the kind of business you would like to have and start to search for ways to get that business set up. You may start and fail at a number of businesses, but you keep searching, knowing that this is the right way to go – you just haven’t found the “right” business yet.

What you need to discover is that in order to become a successful entrepreneur, you must change – on many levels – to ultimately be successful. It’s much more than simply learning about business, and then doing it. When you decide to go in to business for yourself, you must face all of the many facets to your being, some that were never addressed before as an employee. You must face the entire, YOU.

The journey of entrepreneurship encompasses an entire spectrum of personal growth. The many areas in which you will need to grow and change include:

  1. Mental – this includes things such as education in many areas, business vision, systems development, and computer skills.
  2. Spiritual – you need to examine what’s in your heart and discover what truly is important to you – discover what you are passionate about and then find a business model that supports bringing your true passion to the world. This is the basis of the “why” for your business.
  3. Emotional – you need to create the emotional mindset of the entrepreneur, which is vastly different than that of an employee – you need to learn the think the way a successful entrepreneur thinks and adopt a positive emotional mindset that will propel you to success.
  4. Social – your interpersonal skills will need to be honed, as the entrepreneur, even in a single-person business, never succeeds alone. It is vitally important to develop the communication skills that will allow you to make the connections that will help lead to your success.
  5. Physical – In order to ensure that you are on top of your game in the first 4 areas, you need to take care of yourself through nutrition, exercise, and proper rest. Taking care of your body helps you to feel great and contributes to positive results in all of the above areas.

Change is the Prelude to Growth

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“You’ll never know what you don’t know until you get there.” –Lori Tisot
“You miss 100 percent of the shots you never take.” –Wayne Gretzky
“If we don’t change, we don’t grow. If we don’t grow, we aren’t really living.” –Gail Sheehy
“They must often change, who would be constant in happiness or wisdom.” –Confucius
“You must be the change you wish to see in the world.” –Mohandas Gandhi
“The key to change… is to let go of fear.” –Rosanne Cash
“Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending.” –Maria Robinson
“Be not afraid of growing slowly, be afraid only of standing still.” –Chinese Proverb
“Change is inevitable – except from a vending machine.” –Robert C. Gallagher

It’s the Journey of a Lifetime. Are You Ready For the Change?

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To Your Success!

Lori Tisot

Lori Tisot is a Certified Equine Shiatsu Massage Therapist and Equine Bodyworker. She has been a life-long lover of horses, and has studied energy work for over 15 years. She is dedicated to learning about and providing services to help horses live healthier, happier lives.

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  • Beth Hewitt 12 July, 2010 at 5:40 am

    Good Morning Lori,

    What a beautiful video the pictures and music was inspiring. Thank you for sharing this great message to day and thank you for explaining what it takes to be a successful entrepreneur.

    I especially like the last quote
    “Change is inevitable – except from a vending machine.”

    It cracked me up.

    Keep Being You Hunny,
    Beth :)
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    • Lori 12 July, 2010 at 6:05 am

      Hi Beth! Thanks so much for stopping by! I am glad you like the video – I loved it! I like the last quote, too – lightens things up a bit – after all life is supposed to be fun! –Lori

  • MaryKay Edelen 12 July, 2010 at 3:44 pm

    Hi Lori,
    Thanks for the inspirational post. I agree, to be a successful entrepreneur you must go through many changes in every aspect of your life…not just the business part of it!
    Have A Great Day,
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    • Lori 12 July, 2010 at 11:13 pm

      Thanks so much for your comments, MaryKay – I am glad you stopped by! –Lori

  • Andrew Sayers 12 July, 2010 at 3:56 pm

    Hi Lori,

    Lots of very wise words packed in to a short post! Thanks very much for sharing, it’s much appreciated.


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    • Lori 12 July, 2010 at 11:14 pm

      Thanks, Andrew! I appreciate your comments! –Lori

  • Tim Somers 12 July, 2010 at 10:52 pm

    Lori – love the video…for some reason Michael Jackson’s song “Man In The Mirror” comes to mind after reading your post. “I’m Gonna Make A Change, For Once In My Life, It’s Gonna Feel Real Good, Gonna Make A Difference, Gonna Make It Right” Being an Entrepreneur is not easy but I would “change” being one for anything.
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    • Lori 12 July, 2010 at 11:15 pm

      Thanks for your comments, Tim! Great MJ song :) I wouldn’t change being an entrepreneur for anything either – love it!! –Lori

  • Dr. Adam Sheck 13 July, 2010 at 11:53 am

    Thanks so much for the reality check and checklist! I’ve been putting in 12 hour days the last few days preparing for my “Bring Back The Passion!” teleseminar, so I definitely am doing what I can to keep up with the self care! And i LOVE doing it.
    Thanks for the validation,
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    • Lori 13 July, 2010 at 12:36 pm

      Hi Adam – thanks so much for taking time out of your schedule to stop by! Deeply Appreciated :) I know your teleseminar will be a great success – just remember to take care of you :)


  • Steve Vernon 13 July, 2010 at 3:23 pm

    Wow, Lori! You have put it all in a wonderfully neat little nutshell. These are all things that we eventually come to realize when we step out on our own — usually through an awful lot of struggle and frustration. If only we had know to look for these things before we took that first step!

    • Lori 14 July, 2010 at 11:19 am

      Thanks Steve! I appreciate your comments. It’s important to realize what’s involved and do some planning for it before it overwhelms you down the road. Thanks for stopping by! –Lori

  • Kris Monet 14 July, 2010 at 12:36 pm

    Hi Lori,
    Great post! I am doing all that you have advised here and realize how important it is to know who you are and what you really want to accomplish. Change is necessary and growth happens as a result of the willingness to change.Thanks for all your valuable information.

    • Lori 15 July, 2010 at 7:34 am

      Hi Kris! Good for you! Thanks so much for your kind comments! –Lori

  • Rafael Cantu 15 July, 2010 at 8:47 pm

    Hey Lori,

    Once again you are right on! I never thought the transition to working for myself would be such a huge change. Great Information!

    Always Balancing,

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    • Lori 16 July, 2010 at 10:34 am

      Thanks so much for your comments, Rafael! I appreciate it! –Lori

  • Chris Hughes 16 July, 2010 at 4:41 pm

    Hey Lori, I found myself asking similar questions of myself when I was working two jobs when I was 19 years old. I’d wake up at 6:30 and go to work at 7am until 2pm at a golf course, and then at 6pm I’d go to work at a valet job until 2am. This summer was TERRIBLE. It was at this point that I realized it was time for me to make a change.

    It hasn’t been easy, in fact the only way i’ve stuck it out was because of people encouraging me and I know that because people have already done what I’d like to do; it’s possible.

    Great quotes btw!
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    • Lori 17 July, 2010 at 4:23 am

      Hi Chris – thanks for sharing your highly inspirational story! BTW, the reason you stuck it out is because you have the fire within you :) Getting support from others is very important, but ultimately, it’s YOU :) Great job, my friend :) –Lori

  • Chris Bernardo 16 July, 2010 at 5:05 pm


    Thanks for sharing this post and video.. I know for me at being an entrepreneur having the mindset to lead and empower yourself to take action was the hardest thing for me when i first started as i was used to always follow by the book and have someone else to report to.. Always sharing great Value, LOVE IT!! Enjoy your weekend
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    • Lori 17 July, 2010 at 4:24 am

      Hi Chris – it’s definitely not the easy road – but by far the most rewarding :) Thanks for sharing your comments – deeply appreciated :) –Lori

  • Nicole Rushin 16 July, 2010 at 10:33 pm

    I don’t think most people realize that becoming an entrepreneur not only changes your living style but it alters your whole being. You have to be willing to grow and change or your business will suffer. You have to be willing to examine your faults and monopolize on your strengths. Thanks for sharing this with us, Lori.
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    • Lori 17 July, 2010 at 4:26 am

      Hi Nicole! It is definitely a journey not to be missed :) Ultimately, the truth will set you free :) Thanks for your comments – very much appreciated! –Lori

  • Dale Werner 20 July, 2010 at 8:50 am

    Hi Lori, Dale from TSA. You are so right. Most people jump into home based businesses without the proper mindset. It is different than being an employee for sure! All the Best! Dale Werner
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  • Joseph McDevitt 20 July, 2010 at 3:25 pm

    Lori, Excellent post! I think you are spot on with this one. I think we all have to be willing to change, not only that, We must be willing to leave our “comfort zone” and accept new challenges and try things that we were once afraid of.
    I really enjoyed your video too! Great job Lori!!! Thanks, Joseph McDevitt
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  • Yorinda 20 July, 2010 at 6:09 pm

    Hi Lori,
    I love the way you look at the 5 areas we need to grow in. It is no surprise that a lot of people don’t even try to change or give up.

    I also enjoyed the quotes. Here is one I like, and sorry I don’t know if it was by anyone specific : The only guarantee is that there is no guarantee.”

    Love and Light
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  • Gavin Mountford 23 July, 2010 at 7:47 am

    It’s interesting isn’t it Lori that many people are ‘away from’ motivated and are doing things because they want to escape their job, get out of debt, they hate their boss, they don’t want to work… and some people are ‘towards’ motivated people.

    Each of us have a different style of motivation and many times the ‘away from’ motivated people achieve more than the towards motivated person.

    This is very powerful when you are trying to motivate certain types of people and for some reason they aren’t motivated.

    Thanks for your post,
    Gavin Mountford
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  • Mike Sweeney 23 July, 2010 at 12:03 pm

    Hi Lori,
    You’ve got a post well worth the read here. Mindset and the rewards that go along with the challenges of motivation. Perseverance is all about the strength of the mind and never underestimate the spiritual power. Enjoyed the read.

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  • Teach Jim 24 July, 2010 at 12:53 am

    The 6 steps of James Prochaska: Changing for Good is an excellent resource for really understanding long term change and the process of pulling it off. Thank you for the reminder that each of us are truly multidimensional diverse individuals. Always a great way to go if we can leverage our learning to know what is the next thing we NEED to change. Always the challenge. THX

  • Chloe 27 July, 2010 at 5:43 am

    I agree, to be an entrepreneur, or a successful one I should say, is to evolve and grow as a person. I like how you “encompassed the entire spectrum”.

  • Joe Malinowski 30 July, 2010 at 9:55 am


    Great principals! Developing that balance in not only our decision making ability, but in life is no small task.

    Without a doubt our physical and mental areas I think take the hardest hit initially since most people start a business based on emotion and not fact. A “great idea” may be great, but if the market has not been evaluated and tested it could just turn into owning a job.

    Really, who gets excited about working for other people!?!? lol

    Have a great day!


  • Bill Cowan 30 July, 2010 at 8:44 pm

    There are many reasons I’ve chosen to do this, least of all to be able to reach my dream, or even to Dare to Dream!
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  • Lori Robertson 31 July, 2010 at 8:24 am

    Lori, I love this post is was so inspirational, we need all of these things to become great entrepreneurs and to be a success great job.

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  • Robin van der Merwe 31 July, 2010 at 12:33 pm

    Great video with such a good message…. Sometimes, that change is a bit like trying to fit through the eye of a needle, but on the other side it is all so worth it!

    To your continued success,
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    I think other web site proprietors should take this website as an model, very clean and fantastic user friendly style and design, let alone the content. You are an expert in this topic!

  • Tonya Heathco 20 April, 2011 at 2:24 pm

    Another quality post Lori. I was impressed and moved by the video, great choice. I appreciated your words on the journey of entrepreneurship. Many years I have studied business, entrepreneurship, success, change of mindset, personal growth,etc. Your post was the first I’ve read that actually pointed out
    specific areas in need of change in order to grow. A job well done.
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    • Lori 21 April, 2011 at 11:07 am

      Thanks, Tonya ! The journey is definitely challenging, but the rewards are so worth it! Lori

  • Lynn Jones 2 May, 2011 at 4:37 pm

    Lori, I love this post! About 2 years ago, I decided that I was through with just waiting life out as it would unfold to me. I purposed to go after what I was outside my scope of imagination. It’s been a wonderful journey of personal growth and change. Here is another quote to add to your list: “The only thing you can change is yourself, but sometimes that changes everything.” ~unknown
    And believe me I am not through changing!
    Thank you so much for inspiring us!
    Bless you!
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    • Lori 3 May, 2011 at 6:12 pm

      Hi Lynn! Thanks for the great new quote! Here’s to change :) :) Thanks for your comments – very much appreciated! Lori

  • Steve Nicholas 14 May, 2011 at 12:55 am

    Great post, Lori! I know that I got started in the world of network marketing because I was sick and tired of looking for jobs and getting nowhere finding one. I enjoy doing other work, so for me, I’m one of these who follows Jim Rohn’s prescription to “work on your job and work part-time on your fortune,” but it really is interesting how many things that I have learned along the way. I’m not making the money yet to be to the point where I can work because I want to only, but I know that the time will come when I will achieve what I am seeking. Your video is a great inspiration for what happens when we have the turn to a positive reason why for our business!

    • Lori 17 May, 2011 at 8:32 am

      Thanks so much for your comments, Steve! It’s an awesome journey, isn’t it? :)

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