What Does The Fox Say
I didn’t come from money. I didn’t come from success. I came from poverty thinking and negativity. The people who knew me then don’t know me anymore.
A little while back, I was asked on social media by a high school classmate, “How were you able to get yourself to your current situation? Any chance you could give me some advice or steps that you took that helped put you onto a successful career in entrepreneurship?”
My response: “First thing is, who are you spending time with? Are your friends also driven. If not, then drop them. Second thing, find people who are more successful to hang around, online mastermind, or anything. Third, create a business you can automate – you want to leverage others’ time to make money. Hire employees/1099 contractors. Fourth, never give up on your goals. Set high goals for yourself and never quit.”
I was startled when I got his response, “You make it sound so simple.” I thought to myself, “It really isn’t hard!”
A lot of starting or struggling entrepreneurs have this mindset that “it’s so hard.” If I learned anything from my own struggles with mindset, if you believe something enough, it is true for you. If all of the thoughts you have about entrepreneurship are that it’s “hard,” then that is exactly how it will be for you: HARD.
Mindset is such a crucial part of the journey of entrepreneurship. Your mindset can keep you from ever succeeding, if you allow it. The funny thing about it is that you have to want to change it.
Making 6 figures is easy. Managing over 400 employees is easy. Starting a magazine from scratch is easy. It all boils down to how badly you want it and what you tell yourself along the way. Imagine waking up tomorrow and saying to yourself, “Today is going to be hard, but I will own it!” How about just waking up and saying, “Today is going to be hard.” Do you think there is a difference when you wake up and tell yourself, “Today is going to be amazing and I am going to own it!”
Which of the three do you think is most empowering for the rest of your day? You have to start your day with expectations and to believe them in the core of your being. When you tell yourself, “I can’t,” “this is hard,” “this will take a while,” or “I just don’t understand,” your brain will look for ways to make what you are saying come true.
If you want to be seriously successful, tell yourself that “hard” is not an option.
Casey Nicole Fox
Casey Nicole Fox is a partner in all of Stegela’s corporations and she is the “Bulldog,” the one to answer to if you mess up, our “Vice Principle.” Casey is a successful young entrepreneur.
In addition to being a partner at Stegela, she owns multiple businesses, is starting a nonprofit, and is starting her career in the Real Estate industry. All of her businesses are for-purpose and she really emphasizes the need to give back as an entrepreneur.
Casey is a prolific writer and an avid podcaster. She started her entrepreneurial journey only 4 years ago, having to radically change her mindset from employee (having 4 jobs) to entrepreneur (owning 4 companies).