I spoke with John Jantsch, marketing consultant and entrepreneur, and author of the new book The Self-Reliant Entrepreneur. In this interview, we chat about what it exactly means to be a self-reliant entrepreneur and why cultivating this important quality is so critical for success.
Andy Molinsky: Your book is called the the Self-Reliant Entrepreneur. Why is self-reliance so important for entrepreneurship?
John Jantsch: A self-reliant entrepreneur is simply someone who believes that their life is a work in progress. It is someone who trusts so fully in their unique gifts and vision that they are able to follow that dream without fear of what others think or say. It is someone who finds purpose and meaning in experiences that allow them to master their craft. It is someone who succeeds by being utterly resilient while remaining faithfully congruent. And finally, it is someone who understands the impact they wish to have in the world and uses that as the ultimate decision-making tool.
Molinsky: I’ve interviewed many entrepreneurs who describe their experiences as more “other-reliant” than self-reliant, in the sense that they gain essential insight, motivation and help from co-founders, advisors, colleagues, and others. How do you see this balance between self and other in your work?
Jantsch: I think that’s because we tend to associate the concept of self-reliance with going it alone and that’s not the idea I associate with it at all. Self-reliance is self-trust – the trust that you have a unique place in this world and that your job is to find it and follow it. You can and should rely on the ideas, mentoring and outright help of those who can help you, but not those who would hold you back, or who you would attempt to copy.
Molinsky: What are the most common mistakes you see young entrepreneurs making when starting up their business?
Jantsch: Going after what seems like a good opportunity because you see others succeeding in that area, only to find that the work, the niche, the idea, the clients, leave you unfulfilled and on to chasing the next new thing. Keep exploring, get good at something, and your purpose will find you.
Molinsky: Final question: If you could go back in time and give your 21 year-old self career advice, what would it be?
Jantsch: Experience as much as you can – even stuff that doesn’t seem like it’s on your chosen path because your “chosen” path will change. Your purpose in life will find you when you’re out there mastering a craft.
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