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A bad entrepreneur talks about being in business; a good entrepreneur is actively developing multiple projects. A great entrepreneur? A great entrepreneur is the master of the craft and worries about the main project before getting too involved with many other ventures. We have all heard the saying, “Jack of all trades, and master of none,” which is exactly what you don’t want to be. With 2015 right around the corner and most self-proclaimed entrepreneurs having no more than an idea in their heads of who they want to be, the New Year is a great time to start becoming the person in your head. Most resolutions end up falling by the wayside after a month or two, but yours won’t because you are on the road to greatness. 1. You are an entrepreneur. This is the first thing you need to realize if you plan to become a successful entrepreneur. Self-image is a big part of the game, so if you don’t treat yourself like a business and your home like an office, you won’t get the results you want. This means having business hours (a set time for when you WILL work) and dedicated workspace. You also need to tell people your goals so they can hold you accountable to them. I find it much easier to be excited about completing my work when I can tell someone about the progress I am making, opposed to keeping it all in my head. 2. Create habit-forming routines that will ensure your success. Most New Year’s resolutions are huge, life-changing, seize-the-day goals that sound good on paper, and if you can execute them, you will be the envy of all your friends. But, those often tend to create burnout after a few weeks. If you want to stay true to your resolutions, create a variety of small resolutions that are easy to hold yourself accountable to, and which will ensure the achievement of your biggest goals. This is just like the principle of breaking your big goals down into smaller ones, except with this list, your checkboxes are blank each day. Once you get a streak going, it’s much harder to break the chain than to keep it going. 3. Find a mentor. Anyone who has been great at anything has had a mentor, whether the mentor knew it or not. This is the easiest task to take on, since we live in an age that provides us with so many successful people sharing their knowledge online. I have many mentors who push me to succeed, and I emulate my business model(s) after them. You can find them on YouTube, Twitter, the library or Google. When you find someone doing something you want to be doing, learn everything about that person and his or her journey. Know that person’s works and if you can, watch his or her videos. Again, you do not need to personally know someone for the person to be your mentor. 4. Make a resolution to eliminate the vices in your life. This one is the most difficult to stay true to because it is so easy to fall victim to our pleasurable vices. Our vices can be anything from browsing the web to watching television shows or playing video games. Although we love to indulge in these activities, we need to understand that they won’t get us anywhere fast. Replace checking Facebook with checking the stock market and within a few months, you will have spent hours mastering it. Replace reading articles about doing something (even like this one) with articles about the psychology behind why no one is buying your product. Replace smoking with writing in a journal to clear your thoughts. There are countless ways we waste time that could be used in a more productive fashion; it is up to you to identify them in your life. 5. Phase out people in your life who are not helping you grow. This is another hard one that is also crucial to our success. You’ve read about this in every other article under the sun: You are the average of the five people with whom you spend the most time. This is why so many pro athletes come from a single college, or why most top executives went to Ivy League schools. These people choose to put in the work to surround themselves with like-minded individuals who are all gunning for the same goals. If everyone around you is holding you back, then it might be better to spend some time alone, rather than with them, in order to grow. If you are fortunate enough to be able to surround yourself with like-minded, ambitious individuals, then it will be much easier to succeed because everyone around you will be doing it, too. 6. Get your name out and work as often as possible. We all know someone who is extremely talented at something, but refuses to do anything about it. Some of you reading this now may be that person. If only they (you) knew the right people, they would have their big breaks, right? Wrong. The fact is, you are your business; you need to market yourself at any chance you get. Tell enough people your goals and you’ll be the first person in mind when an opportunity comes. You can make all the changes in the world in your head and get frustrated at the world for not opening up to you because you changed your view on it, but the truth is, nothing gets done until you make it happen. My personal motto is, make the moves; don’t let the moves make you.