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6 Tips to Bring Out the Successful Entrepreneur in You

After spending nearly a decade building and selling businesses, I can tell you a lot of success comes from having the right mindset. With the right mindset, you’ll stay on track with your goals, find a supportive tribe, and create massive success.

To become an entrepreneur, you have to think like one. I recently came across an old video I did in Chiang Mai with my friend, Johnny FD. We created it together to share six of the best tips to get an eCommerce entrepreneurial mindset.  (Plus, show off some of the fun we had as digital nomads!)

While marketing trends and paid traffic rules may change at a dizzying rate, other things are more reliable. As I was reliving my digital nomad days watching that video, I realized that those eCommerce mindset tips are ones that I still use every day.

Getting into the mindset of an eCommerce entrepreneur is the one step that holds so many back, and that’s exactly why we’re sharing my favorite tips:

1. Set Big Goals, Achieve Bigger Results

Anton Enjoying a Weekend in NYC

Anton Enjoying a Weekend in NYC

When you’re first building your drop shipping business, you can’t think small, only think big! Don’t make little goals, make huge goals.

Instead of setting goals such as making a couple hundred each month with your drop shipping store. Set big goals, and even if you don’t reach them, you can still be successful.

2. Follow and Replicate Success

There's No Need to Reinvent the Wheel

There’s No Need to Reinvent the Wheel

Whether it’s eCommerce or any other profitable online businesses, don’t try to re-invent the wheel. Follow people in your area that are already successful. Find their websites, stalk their social media, join their email lists, and emulate what they are doing.

Find out what makes these people successful. Where are they getting the traffic and sales from? Who are they working with? Find that out, and do the same.

There is no reason to start from scratch. Find someone who is doing what you are and do the same, but better.

3. Stay Persistent, Especially in the Beginning

Stay persistent in your drop shipping business, especially when you first start. Whether you’re uploading products to your drop shipping store, working on supplier contracts, or optimizing your website for better conversions. Just stay persistent, keep working.

Anton and Johnny FD in Vienna

Anton and Johnny FD in Vienna

Maybe it takes a couple of weeks, or even a couple of months? Regardless, keep working and stay persistent. My good friend, Johnny FD knows all about that. Had he not stuck with his first drop shipping store after the first several weeks, he wouldn’t be where he is today. Stay persistent, it does pay off!

4. Stay Motivated by Rewarding Yourself

eCommerce Entrepreneur Lifestyle

Anton Living the eCommerce Entrepreneur Lifestyle

Staying motivated is easier said than done, but after more than a decade of being my own boss, I’ve learned a few tricks. An easy way to stay motivated is to reward yourself when you’ve met those goals.

Hopefully you’ve read The 4-Hour Work Week by Tim Ferriss by now, if so you’re familiar with his dreamlines. To relate it to eCommerce, know before you get started, not how much money you want or need to make, but what you want to do once you have that money.

Spending time in Southeast Asia was one of my first goals when I began drop shipping way back when. And in 2014, I moved to Chiang Mai and rewarded myself with a beautiful place and a private rooftop that oversaw the whole city.

In the beginning, it could be small rewards such as booking a spa day once you make the first sale. Set goals and make them happen. Meeting your goals and getting the reward quickly solidifies the idea of your business. It will confirm that your efforts paid off and make you excited to make bigger and bigger goals.

5. Surround Yourself with Success

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Tip #5 to creating an entrepreneurial mindset is an easy one: surround yourself with successful people. You’ve probably heard this one plenty of times before, but it’s true.

When I first started in eCommerce, I spent several years working at home for myself. While I’ve always been productive working on my own, it wasn’t until I found my first co-working space in Thailand that I hit a new level.

Working in a space with entrepreneurs from all over the world was empowering. I could come in every morning and talk business, learn, and grow alongside my friends. We were competitive in a way that most business friends are. We were always trying to one up one another while being helpful and supportive.

Maybe in your hometown you can’t find a co-working space but that doesn’t mean you can’t surround yourself with successful people. Head over to Meetup.com and find groups that interest you, whether it’s coding, internet marketing, or entrepreneurial networking, there is a group for everyone.

When you find a group, reach out and make them your new friends. I’ve found that most entrepreneurs by nature are willing and eager to connect. Finding a successful group of people to surround yourself with doesn’t only increase your productivity and business, it increases your quality of life.

6. Get Started ASAP!

When you have a project on your mind start on it as soon as possible.

When you have a project on your mind start on it as soon as possible.

Not to harp on productivity, but this is a big tip if you want to create the mindset of an eCommerce entrepreneur. Once I heard this tip, my whole mindset shifted and my productivity was lifted. It’s easy enough: when you have a project on your mind, something that you really think could work, start on it as soon as possible. Don’t delay getting the ball rolling.

Something in our brains tells us that once we start a task, no matter how hard we think it is, it instantly becomes real and easier once we start. If you keep putting off that small task, or a big project, you’re going to think it’s a bigger investment than it actually should be.

The sooner you start working on your idea, the easier it’s going to become. And once you get into the workflow, your entire mindset will change.

So get to work, make things happen, and I promise, you will be successful.

Heard a great tip that changed your mindset or workflow? Let me know in the comments!

Anton Kraly
 

Anton is a the Founder & CEO of Drop Ship Lifestyle – an online coaching program for eCommerce entrepreneurs. He began selling online in 2007 and has built and sold multiple seven-figure businesses while leveraging the power of drop shipping.

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Fanny o

Hello!
My site is not a drop shipping site, but rather my existing business. I’ve been considering drop shipping, but I’m not feeling that I have the skill it takes to start it alone without support from a very successful entrepreneur in e. Commerce.

Any suggestions?

Fanny

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    Anton Kraly

    Hi Fanny,

    Not trying to sell you on anything here… but that is the exact reason why I created Drop Ship Lifestyle almost 5 years ago now.

    After I sold some large eCommerce businesses I began posting on different business forums to answer drop shipping related questions… what I quickly realized is there are A LOT of people out there in your exact situation.

    They want to build drop ship stores but they have no idea where to start… I ended up helping so many people get started on the right path that I eventually decided to put all of my knowledge together into what has become Drop Ship Lifestyle 🙂

    If you’re totally new to this a good first step would be to attend my free web class on Monday.

    It’s all about product selection for drop shipping and I do a Q & A at the end where I am happy to answer any of your questions.

    Here’s the link:

    https://www.dropshiplifestyle.com/ls/187-niches-webinar/

    Hope that helps!

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Mathew

I thank you for your good mindsetting and from what I found out for a start, I should stick to one business and after I reach my goals, I may see for other businesses I can win.

Thanks

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    Anton Kraly

    Good point, Mathew.

    I don’t recommend expanding to different businesses / business models until only after your first business is successful.

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Mashraka

In my case I do always number 6. And trust me it is a bit hard but 100% works.

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Idriss Anyanzwa

Hi Anton,
Of the 6 tips 3 resonate with me;

1. Setting high goals.
2. Get started ASAP.
3. Persist-ency could be referred as my 2nd ‘name’.

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Josh

Hi, We drop ship on Amazon. It’s effortless since there is no marketing involved. Just finding suppliers and hopping on listings. So many hurdles though. Finding out ACTUAL shipping costs, getting the suppliers to communicate, tax issues, etc. Lots of ups and downs! One day I feel like I’m on top of the world, the next it’s like the business is burning down. That’s entrepreneurship though, I guess. It’s been slow, but I’m starting to learn lessons along the way, and growing.

The biggest mindset for me is not letting those little hurdles unmotivated me. They seem like mountains sometimes, but looking back there was nothing so unavoidable and fixable I couldn’t overcome. Keep going.

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    Anton Kraly

    Haha, us entrepreneurs know that roller coaster feeling all too well!

    Here’s to always learning and to turning setbacks in future success 🍻

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Patrice Lewis

Being persistent in the beginning is the key to long term success.

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Patrick

Thank you, Anton! I’ve found it difficult so far to find genuine successful people to surround myself with. My peers seem to be interested in polar opposite approaches to living their lives, and I house my brother & his finance who both work different departments at a grocery store — nothing wrong with that, but that’s all they want, and I want to work for so much more. I’ve found that the majority of my mentors and business peers are internet based. I learn what I can, when I can, so again, thank you for your content and willingness to share your knowledge and experiences!

Growing up, we often had no electricity, and my father was semi-anti-capitalism — he seemed to side with socialist ideals, per his verbal opposition to the rich. For my life, little and no money is a limitation that I want to power through. I want to be able to make a living no matter where I am in the world, and have been chasing this ideal for some years. I currently work for a Fortune 500 company (came a long way since cooking thousands of hot dogs for baseball games at age 14), but even that isn’t enough for me. I see the end in mind, and that quest leads me to awesome people like you, Anton. Again, thank you for your productive habits, allowing me to read your content which causes me to learn and grow and remain persistent! Results here have been slow, but I see a little bit of progress with every position taken.

My website, http://www.free-bracelet.com is under development. This is my first drop shipping attempt. I was using low cost jewelry from overseas to create a campaign that offered a free product with the buyer having to cover shipping costs. I’ve since changed the product line to electronics, but the domain still needs to be adjusted. I’d like to sign up for one of your master classes, but since I’m EST and my current customers start production very early AM, I’ve been on the fence about sacrificing sleep. I feel it’s to my benefit to just miss a night of rest. Any thoughts?

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    Anton Kraly

    You’re welcome, Patrick!

    Good on you for helping out with family. With that being said, I can see it being hard to maintain motivation for the long-term in that type of environment. You’ll want to surround yourself with people that will celebrate your success with you… and while I wish this weren’t true, it’s often the case that people’s families and friends will build resentment towards them once they start to find success.

    Also, it’s great that you’ve been able to find mentorship and make connections online. I would also expand on that by reading business books about growth and mindset if you’re not doing so already. A lot of my core values and beliefs in business came from $7 books and not from in person meetings 🙂

    A couple of recommendations would be:

  • Do the Work by Steven Pressfield
  • The Obstacle Is the Way by Ryan Holiday
  • Regarding your store, it’s good to see you’ve gotten a start but as I’m sure you know, it could use a lot of work…

    Here are links to some of demo stores that may give you design inspiration (they are all built with the Drop Ship Lifestyle theme):

  • https://www.happypawsdsl.com/
  • https://dsl-theme-1.myshopify.com/
  • https://www.enlightenchandeliers.com/
  • Wishing you nothing but success in business and in life!
    Anton

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Enos kirui

I really wish to be part of this. Do you offer mentorship?

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Logan Williams

Hi, Anton.
You are absolutely right. I truly feel that mindset is the most considerable element in the evaluation of success. Because your achievement is based on your thinking. That means the way you think, accordingly, you will achieve. Another vital thing is our mindset should be flexible. I mean to say that it should not be stable at all instances, rather it should vary with the situations. It is mainly because different situations demand different perspectives and an entrepreneur having fixed mindset can not tackle all the situations effectively. I don’t know what others believe, but I think an entrepreneur should have the above inclinations by which he can be well-heeled.

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    Anton Kraly

    Hi Logan,

    Great point about being flexible and open to change. I can’t think of any examples where having a fixed mindset would benefit anyone in their professional or personal life. At least not over the long term!

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Anjail

Thanks for this! It gave me lots of ideas to share with my team and helped me reflect on myself as well.

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