Solopreneur interviews can be inspiring – and, more importantly, insightful. Take the words of those interviewed seriously and try out the tips they offer. Feel motivated by their growth stories. But beyond all this, watch acutely for the inner mindsets that these interesting solopreneurs reveal. All successful solopreneurs, you will find, have attitudes that are both similar and unique. They are identical to the extent they are all focused on what they need to do to fulfill their goals. But the goals they’ve set themselves vary by what they see as success in life. The business is the means to their life success. But they don’t make the mistake of measuring their life success by just their business success.
- VIDEO: The School Of Life explains how “What is success?” can vary – and how to make it happen (Must watch: 1:50 minutes)
- Can we really measure solopreneur success – and if so how?
- The 8 types of motivation that can lead solopreneurs towards their success
Some top interviews of the most interesting solopreneurs
- Rob Powell: SEO & Traffic Expert: Solopreneur Interview
- Ryan Biddulph: Blogging Authority: Solohacks RoundUp
VIDEO: The School Of Life explains how “What is success?” can vary – and how to make it happen (Must watch: 1:50 minutes)
As The School Of Life says in this video: “We often think of being a success in status and financial terms. But being a success just means doing anything well, and there are so many ways to be successful, once we break away from the status ideals of our societies.” The beauty of this definition of success is that we are not focused on the outcomes of what we do, we just have to do what we take up, to the highest excellence levels we can till we feel fulfilled.
Can we really measure solopreneur success – and if so how?
Talking to many solopreneurs â and even judging myself as a solopreneur â I must admit that itâs tough to say who is a success and who isnât.
In an excellent whitepaper by Tiana Wilson titled “Solopreneur Success Formula”, here’s what she says after much detailed research:
“In our experience, we have found that most solopreneurs share a two-fold problem. Firstly, there is no standard method to measure how successful a solopreneur is, at any given time. Secondly, it is very difficult to identify the areas where a solopreneur should place his/her focus and resources, in order to become more successful. It is clear that we cannot measure one solopreneurâs success against another solopreneurâs success. The fact that each person and each business is so totally individual and unique which makes such comparison irrelevant.
The only other available option then, is to measure the success of a solopreneur against him/herself over a period of time. This however requires a standard method of measurement, so that the solopreneur can create specific benchmarks to measure his/her own success over time. It seems that no such standard measuring system exists at this point in time.
With regards to the second part of the common solopreneur problem (where to focus attention in order to become more successful), solopreneurs often have many things on their plate and get so caught up in the day-to-day running of the business, that very little time is given to determine how to become more successful and where to focus their attention.”
Finding the time to set up a system of knowing if we are successful or not is a luxury that most solopreneurs don’t give themselves. Neither do we articulate to ourselves clearly what success means to us, nor do we make time to see if we are achieving our defined success or not. This lack of self-monitoring is sad because we need to see “wins” – they are a vital part of our motivation to endure and succeed even more than we think we are already doing.
The 8 types of motivation that can lead solopreneurs towards their success
Motivation and success are connected, as many solopreneurs know. But did you know that all motivation that helps success need not be the pleasant kind of motivation? Some types of motivation still work, even if based on negative emotions. However, using negative motivations eventually depletes your energy and may lead to enormous stress.
If you’re a solopreneur, it will help to see what types of motivation make you succeed. Likewise, when you read solopreneur interviews, it again helps to see how other solopreneurs use positive or negative motivational drives to help them succeed.
In an article by Indeed.com, they describe eight types of motivation that could help drive success … read what these are:
- Incentive motivation: This is when you are motivated to complete a task because of the potential reward at the end of it. People who are incentive-motivated classically don’t focus on the process of achieving a goal, or even the goal itself, so long as they get the reward. Sometimes this can be a positive motivation, but if rewards are the only motivation drivers, the quality of reward may affect the quality of motivation.
- Achievement motivation: This is considered by many people as the ideal kind of motivation to have. Here the focus is on performing tasks to achieve specific objectives. With achievement motivation, you perhaps care more about vision and accomplishments than on any other rewards.
- Power motivation: People who are driven by power as their motivation are those who don’t like chaos. They like having control over their actions, circumstances, money, work, effort, and discipline. Their sense of fulfillment comes from succeeding “despite the odds”. This kind of motivation can either help or hinder you. If the need for control becomes excessive, it can again lead to a lot of self-induced stress.
- Fear motivation: Fear-based motivation is familiar to most of us, and we all go through it at some time or the other. The fear of negative results often drives us to perform tasks we would otherwise have preferred not to. The question is: Is the fear a real one, or is it an imaginary one that’s pushing you to do your work? Fear is almost always a negative motivator.
- Affiliation motivation: Let’s say you belong to a group where everyone is highly motivated. You start wanting to be like them, and you feed off their energy to find the drive to do your work. You want to “belong to that crowd”. A sense of affiliation can often be a positive emotional factor, and that’s why solopreneurs join communities. They let others serve as their motivational benchmarks.
- Competence motivation: This is a classic kind of motivation that drives creative people, innovators, and those who want to use their competence at problem-solving. They like problems because they get their drive from accepting challenges and overcoming them. But on the flip side, this can be a negative motivation if you are constantly creating problems in your life to try and get a kick out of solving them.
- Attitude motivation: Some solopreneurs are very aware of their shortcomings in mindset, which they feel may be shortchanging their success. They may have a strong drive to reinvent themselves or aim for a mindset stretch that has always been daunting. Attitude-changing motivation is positive and growth-enhancing.
SOME TOP INTERVIEWS OF THE MOST INTERESTING SOLOPRENEURS
Rob Powell is among the most focused and result-oriented solopreneurs I have come across. Like many of us solopreneurs, he too wanted to rank high on Google for his blog posts. Yet, unlike the rest of us, who read a lot about how to get there, but donât bother to put theory to practice hard enough, Rob has shown the persistence and patience to make his own relentless trial-and-error experiments pay off.
Today, very many of his articles hold and sustain the #1 spot of the Google SERPS for the keywords he intended â and heâs beaten some online marketing greats to get to these top rankings consistently. Rob teaches his techniques to his clients via packages that cover Keyword Research, Content Creation & Optimization, and Link Building.
In the interview below, he talks about how and why he became a solopreneur, how he manages his work and life, what makes his work special to him, and what mindset and tactics help him achieve the results he wants. [Read More]
Ryan Biddulph is a fascinating person to know and befriend. Heâs a blogging authority, of course â but a lot mot more. Ryan Biddulph has gone places with his blogging, literally and figuratively. He is an inveterate traveler. On his blog are enviable pictures of him on sandy beaches, sylvan hillsides, quaint towns, and other heavenly places dotted across the Earth.
Meanwhile, his blog posts have been featured on sites like Richard Bransonâs Virgin Blog, Forbes, Entrepreneur, Fox News, Positively Positive, Life Hack.org, John Chow.com, Neil Patel.com, Pro Blogger, and Blogging Tips.com. He has given speeches to students at NYU, and his array of books fly off the shelves from Amazon. Heâs been featured on over 200 blogs since he launched his own blog in 2014.
In this interview, he talks about when, how, and why he became a solopreneur, how he enjoys his work and life, what makes his mindset special to him, and what strategies help him achieve whatever fulfills him. [Read More]
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