Updated: February 12, 2019
If there is one thing that all successful business online owners share it is a growth mindset.
I'm not saying they think exactly alike, but their mindset to this whole approach is the same and it's really the biggest difference between those that succeed and those that continue to wait around for someone to hold their hand.
What type of mindset should you have?
Ideally, you approach this whole thing with a growth mindset instead of a fixed mindset.
Basically, what this means is that you're focused on the process/journey instead of the end results.
You already know the end results that you want so there is no need to focus on them any longer. Instead, focus on the process and continuously learn from it. When you spend too much time focusing on the results you end up frustrated and wanting to quit.
When you focus on the process you see what is working and what isn't. You're excited to take new steps because you know those steps are going to lead you to your destination.
Have you ever gone on a long car ride and just got lost looking at the scenery? You're focusing on the things that you're passing instead of looking at the horizon hoping to see the final destination.
Before you know it, you're at the place you want to be.
Carol Dweck's Mindset Book
If you want to dive deeper into the concept of growth mindset versus fixed mindset then I suggest you read Mindset: The New Psychology of Success by Carol Dweck.
She came up with the idea of the growth mindset and this book really changed the course of how I approach any new project that I'm working on. Instead of getting frustrated, I get excited when things don't go wrong.
It sounds weird but the growth mindset people out there know what I'm talking about.
I highly recommend it for anyone but especially those people whose need to have everything be perfect holds them back.
You Do the Work
While I provide as much information as possible to help everyone I come across succeed, I can't do it all and I don't expect to do it all.
The people that succeed at this game take it upon themselves to continue to research and understand things. They don't take any one person's word as the gospel.
They continue to dig into things and truly understand why things work the way they do.
The people that don't succeed are usually waiting around for someone to answer their questions. They wait around so long they forget what they are waiting for and eventually quit.
By no means am I saying you shouldn't ask questions. What I'm saying is that the lack of answers you might receive shouldn't be a sign for you to not push forward.
I was creating successful sites without buying courses or books. You can learn everything you need just by observing other sites.
This is coming from a guy that is trying to get you to buy his courses.
The reason you do buy courses is because you don't want to run around looking for the right information and sometimes you don't know what you don't know.
However, if you learn to observe and keep an open mind you can find what you need out there and if you can't find it, you can run a lot of tests to uncover what you need.
The DTC Pinterest Course was created solely through trial and error by myself.
I read freely available blog posts and then just tried a lot of different things. Whatever worked I took the time to understand why and then I tried to fail again.
This is the type of mindset that you need to have to succeed.
If you're the type that wants to wait around for answers or believes there is ONE TRUE WAY to success then you might not want to read the rest of this guide. There are other places that will promise to help you accomplish what you want by filling out a 3-page worksheet, but this isn't one of those places.
I'll guide you to the waterfall but you need to figure out for yourself how to stand under it and take pictures that look awesome.
What a terrible analogy but we will run with it for now.
I even did a video on a similar topic. Check it out:
I know some of you reading this are nodding your head because you agree with what I'm saying. That's great, but chances are at some point, when you encounter adversity, you're going to start coming up with excuses.
So let's address those in the next section.