5 Key Entrepreneur Characteristics Programs to Install
One thing that is pretty much guaranteed is the invention of Artificially Intelligent humanoid robots. They already exist at the basic level.
As technology advances they will become more human-like. Ironically, as technology has advanced, people themselves have become less human-like.
Our increasingly artificial world and the overwhelm it brings is causing us to lose the very abilities that make us human. We all crave genuine connection. We want to influence each other in the right way and for the right reasons.
However, constant distractions and stimulus bombardment is making it difficult for people to find the time (often only a few additional seconds) to present well and truly connect (I talk more about this in my currently free report – The 7 Mental Viruses Crushing Your Potential).
There is always something to check or do or be interrupted by, leading us to forget to emotionally engage with others, even though the vast majority of these distractions are exactly that, activities of very little importance.
In order to counter this de-humanizing epidemic, we need to find the best entrepreneur characteristics and re-build the ultimate engaging entrepreneur from the ground up.
Since we can assume that a humanoid will already have amazing analytical and computational abilities, we will be concentrating on the key emotional and cognitive areas that make humans special.
What gets more attention than anything else in the world? The face. We have an attentional bias towards human faces. That’s why visual advertising almost always uses faces and why it’s called Facebook with over 99% of pictures showcasing the human face. But do we really know how to use it?
As the centrepiece of emotion, the trained observer can extrapolate our deepest desires and fears just by looking at you. We show and tell and manipulate others with our faces and the simplest way to do this in a positive manner is to smile.
Speaking of biases in the brain, it is near impossible not to smile back at someone who greets you with a genuine ‘Duchene’ smile. Emotions are contagious and being able to regularly offer genuine smiles will boost your mood, the moods of others and give you a hypnotic-like ability to transfix people.
Once you have captured someone’s attention with a genuine smile, you now have the opening to continue with positive communication.
Our humanoid would need to have the ability to offer genuine emotion based smiles and below is a simple way for you to condition the skill.
Forced smiling: The more you practice smiling, the easier it becomes to smile naturally when appropriate. The way to do this is take a pencil and hold it in your teeth 5 minutes a day. (For a brief look at the research click here)
The keys to a powerful voice are volume, steady pace and clarity. There are simply too many people umming and ahhing and ‘its like, it’s like’ saying today. It is quite obvious that we are living in a world of swift informational overload.
You can especially hear it in the rapid and muffled voices of many teenagers (though most adults are not much better) who also tend to speak in incomplete sentences and make sudden topic changes. You need to lead with a strong and steady voice.
In this area our humanoid will need to learn to be more spontaneous and emotionally inflective with its voice, as computer generated voices should not make communicative mistakes based on indecision and competing ideas.
To overcome a generally weak and low voice, you are going to speak through people. To do this you are going to practice speaking as if the person you are addressing is an extra step back from where they actually are. Increase the volume of your voice without screaming and breathe deeply.
Take the time to consider your words before speaking, which will eliminate most ums and ahhs and increase clarity. If your voice is too loud, the exact same rules apply, only this time imagine the person would be a step closer than they actually are and speak as if they are positioned there.
Just walk along any street and look at the posture of the people passing. You usually see people hunched over and scurrying around at a frenzied pace. Accidents and collisions are just waiting to happen. You intuitively know how to move with confidence and calmness.
I’ll prove it. Is a confident person’s head up or down (up), eyes forward or down (forward), breathing full or shallow (full), shoulders back or slumped (back), butt sagging out or pulled in (pulled in), stomach hanging out or mildly tight (mildly tightened).
Want to feel depressed and stressed out? Easy, just do the opposite. Powerful mobility and posture is a tough one for our humanoid to pull off. The best we have at the moment is ASIMO.
The simplest technique for posture is the string technique. Imagine having a piece of string attached towards the back of the top of your head. The string reaches up into the sky and is taut so it pulls your head up.
This will pull your shoulders back, bring your eyes to look forward and open up the diaphragm so you can breathe deeper.
For additional effectiveness, practice keeping your butt and stomach 20% tighter than relaxed and it will straighten you out and make your more dynamic as well.
4. Self –Talk: Inner Programming
If there was one thing I would absolutely do in order to program the perfect entrepreneurial humanoid with the greatest chances of success, it would be to ensure that it frames goals in terms of what it wants to achieve, and not on what it wants to avoid.
Most people would agree that fear of failure is the largest stumbling block of most new and established entrepreneurs.
However, if your focus was consistently on how do I achieve X?, and regardless of setbacks, you took in the new data and continued to ask the same question, how do I achieve X?, as opposed to how do I avoid failing at X?, your chances of success will increase dramatically.
After all, how do I avoid failing at X is very easy to answer. Do nothing. This is why procrastination is such a problem.
You are going to become aware of the language you use and aim to consistently reframe negative and avoidant language towards an achievement focused style.
For example, the aim is not to have less stress, but more calmness. You do not want to be less fat, but more trim. You do not want to protect your business, you want to grow it.
5. Enhanced Optimism Bias Chip
If we actually felt the true reality of life, most of us would be deeply depressed. Human perception and memory is selectively positive. We skate on the edge between reality and illusion, and overall we all lean towards illusion (For more on this topic – read Stumbling on Happiness). How do I know this?
Easy! Just think of the “I never thought it would happen to me” phenomena.
Realistically about one in three, not one in nine, small business fail within the first 3 years. If you go into a room of new entrepreneurs and ask them who believes there business will fail within the next 3 years, very few hands will go up.
Unfortunately the reality is, a lot of them are going to fail. If you actually felt the reality of how likely it is that your business would fail from the onset, if you felt all that pain up front – you would avoid doing it. You would have to be a masochist to continue after experiencing such a reality.
However, if our perspective continually remains on learning and growing and the positive feelings such thoughts generate, than even if we do fail, and we all will in many more ways than we first envision, we will continue to develop and advance.
To be successful our humanoid will actually need to be an optimist because if it was a realist or pessimist, the emotional investment required for pursuing success would be seen as too high in comparison to the potential reward.
In many self-development circles, there is the ‘as-if’ technique. Basically this refers to the fake it until you make it doctrine and it really can work. If you believe you are better than you actually are, you are much more likely to become that and live that way. It is called a self-fulfilling prophecy.
To create a self-fulfilling prophecy you need to be inspired by the fantasy and frequently receive enough small chunks of reality based evidence to keep you moving toward it.
The first step is to regularly (preferably daily) envision and imaginally experience your fantasy reality. The second daily step is to ensure that you consistently take small actions towards that reality every day.
For example, if part of the fantasy is you wish to be a best-selling author, do you write and find new ways to promote your work everyday.
They do not have to be large actions, like a massive media campaign you can not afford, but you have to do something each day (a phone call to an agent, a new post, seeking joint venture partners, making new offers etc) that will lead more people to find out about your work.
There still are many more human elements to consider in building our perfect humanoid entrepreneur. I shall address these at another time. In the meantime, what else do you think our perfect humanoid robot would need?