Change Your Professional Mindset With These Tips From Millionaire-Making Women

April 10, 2012  |  

Feeling down about your career progress? Perhaps you need a renewed mindset. Who better to take advice from than Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneurial Winning Women. reports that the women participants in this group have all already achieved $1 million in revenue and know that their potential will take them even higher. Independent research on the group proves that companies who participate in this group grow about 50 percent on average each year, and have a job growth rate of over 25 percent. Hear four of the participating women CEOs and company founders give their tips for making it big in the business world.

The first tip is all mental—it is imperative that you change your mindset. You’ve got to be confident and to think big and bold. Always, aim high and think big. You can do it!

Next, it’s important that you forget the word “job.” You aren’t doing a job, you’re running a business, so act like it.

“I don’t have a job. I’m not a recruiter or a sales person. I manage policy,” Gayle Brandel, CEO of Professionals for Nonprofits said to She discloses that before you realize that you don’t have a job, you simply have a job you own. You are not yet an entrepreneur. Starting a business so that you can be your own boss is great, but it is not the mindset of a high powered CEO.

“Those entrepreneurs who want to grow large have to step back, and they have to bring on employees,” she said.

Always continue to push beyond your comfort zone. If you stay satisfied with your current growth level, you’ll never know how high you could have gone. As Deborah Sweeney, the CEO of MyCorporation, a document filing service company said, “Engaged leaders who think big and are passionate about business growth are far more likely to see growth and success than those who are merely content.”

As with the previous tip, continue to aspire for higher and bigger dreams. That’s what Dareth Colburn, the founder of online wedding accessories store USABride did. At first, she never thought she’d make it to the $1 million mark. But she did, and she then changed her goal to $3 million and next to $5. When you realize you can achieve big goals, dream even bigger and you’ll find your success will be that much greater.

The last piece of advice the ladies offer is to leave the fear behind you. Without risk it’s not possible to have gain.

“Entrepreneurs who made it really big also lost really big,” Gloria Larkin, president of TargetGov, said to Her company assists in government agency sales. Larkin quotes Woody Allen to explain why risks and loss is necessary. “If you’re not failing every now and again, it’s a sign you’re not doing anything very innovative.”

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