Hazelnut Interviews with Satya Gillen – Breandán Ó hEaghra
The hazelnut is a symbol of wisdom in Irish mythology. The Hazelnut Interviews are designed to crack open the shell and inspire and inform you. In this issue, Satya Gillen and Breandán Ó hEaghra explore the difference between the employee and the entrepreneur mindset.
Breandán is the director of Meas Media, a PR and marketing company that offers bilingual services in Irish and English. Before that he was employed by the city council for 10 years.
He understands well the most important qualities an entrepreneur must develop and cultivate.
Breandán’s Hazelnut Wisdom: The moment of realisation… One day I siad, “Why am I wasting my time here?”
An entrepreneur needs to have a lack of fear. Fear can be debilitating so you need to keep in mind the reason you’re an entrepreneur.
You need to think as a leader rather than simply following, and that’s what’s exciting about being an entrepreneur – you’re more excited as an entrepreneur. You’re also prone to being more anxious.
Until you’re in a position to step away from a business completely and see that there’s a system in place which works itself and perpetually moves forward, then you’re not in a position to say that it can’t go wrong. However, you don’t dwell on it possibly going wrong.
You must think about how you can propel it forward. It’s like cycling a bicycle. If you’re looking behind you all the time or looking around you, you’re definitely going to fall off off the bike. The best thing to do is to keep going forward, keep improving in the business. That’s the most important thing altogether.
The 3 most important qualities an entrepreneur must have…
(1) A focused mind – it’s the most important one. Constantly develop and cultivate a focused mind.That comes down to clarity of vision about what you want. Being able to still and centre yourself when there are troubled times around you … having a holistic, healthy approach to life and seeing what you’re doing in full context.
(2) Detachment from your project. You are one aspect of the project, whatever your business is. It won’t succeed if you hold onto your business. You’ll need the very best people in various positions to push that forward, so you need to give a bit of your project out all the time. Here’s where a lot of people fail – if they attach themselves too much to their project, they will swamp themselves with work, they’ll be inefficient at the various aspects of it, and they will fail.
(3) Good communication skills – the ability to excite the public, to excite investors, to communicate effectively with other people working on the project.
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Thought for the day: employee or entrepreneurial mindset – which are you?