“It is not what we get. But who we become, what we contribute… that gives meaning to our lives.” — Tony Robbins
I was watching a replay of Tony Robbins where he walks through 3 mindsets of entrepreneurs.
He also calls them 3 gifs of labor:
- Artist / Talent / Skilled Producer
- Manager / Leader
- Entrepreneur / Risk Taker
Robbins said you might be entrepreneurial, but that does not make you an entrepreneur in your core.
Robbins challenges you to figure out which one is your true nature, so you can align with it.
If you don’t align with your true nature, then you won’t feel fulfillment.
But, according to Robbins, when you align with your nature, you are 10 times less stressed and 10 times more effective.
3 Mindsets of Entrepreneurs: The Artist, the Leader, and the Entrepreneur
Tony Robbins identifies three entrepreneurial mindsets each driven by distinct motivations, goals, and fulfillment.
Here’s a brief summary of the 3 gifs of labor as Tony Robbins put it, or the 3 mindsets of entrepreneurs:
- Artist / Talent / Skilled Producer: Give the gift of being a great artist, or talent, or skilled producer – these people live to produce some sort of product, service, or result. That is their primary drive and motivation. The artist wants to make money, but they will never sell out. That limits what you will build in your business.
- Manager / Leader: The gift of being a manager or labor. Your skill or ability is to manage people and processes. They love to manage people. Artists might get frustrated to lead or manage people. They are building systems. An organization is only a system. If you leave, then there’s no business. Manager / Leaders
- Entrepreneur / Risk Taker: Massive risk taker. Most of you would be entrepreneurial, you enjoy creating things. An entrepreneur is in it for the economics, and the juice of the ups and downs. That’s a true entrepreneur. Unlike the artist or the manager leader, they’re happy to sell the business. They might like the product, but it’s not about the product. It’s about creating the business.
Let’s walk through each one…
Entrepreneur Mindset #1: The Artist / Talent / Skilled Producer
You can first give the gift of being a great artist. Or another word for that would be talent. Or another word for that would be a skilled producer.
This is about having a talent or skill that you are driven to express or produce, be it a product, service, or result.
The artist’s primary motivation is creation, not just profit.
They are dedicated to their craft and reluctant to compromise their vision for commercial success.
This passion and integrity shape their business approach, but it also sets boundaries on what they are willing to do for financial gain.
This is what keeps Tony Robbins still in the game.
He has more than 100+ businesses, but he loves the experience of doing his art which is work helping people change their lives through his events, programs and books.
Entrepreneur Mindset #2: The Manager / Leader
These individuals excel in managing people and processes.
Unlike artists, their primary skill lies in orchestrating teams and creating efficient systems.
They thrive in building and maintaining organizational structures.
However, this focus means that if they step away, the business might struggle to sustain itself without their systematic approach.
Entrepreneur Mindset #3: The Entrepeneur / Risk Taker
Characterized by a high tolerance for risk, entrepreneurs are driven by the thrill of building and growing businesses.
They are less attached to the specific product or service and more to the overall business and its economic potential.
They are open to selling their business as part of their entrepreneurial journey.
Who are You in Your Core?
Tony Robbins urges us to look beyond the superficial aspects of our work and consider the deeper value and purpose of our labor, seeing it as a significant and loving contribution to others.
Robbins emphasizes the importance of understanding your fundamental identity, especially in the context of work and the unique contributions you can make.
He’s not referring to your business or professional role, but rather to your core essence – who you truly are at your deepest level.
“Who Are You?
Not what business are you in, or really in, or what business you need to be in. Not why are you in the business. Not what do you want from the business.
But who are you in your core.
And let me explain.
All of us in this room, have different gifts that we can give, regardless of our business.
I have found there are what I would call 3 gifts of labor.
And when I say labor, I believe other than my love, and other than your love, the greatest gift we can give someone other than our love is our labor.
And in my case my labor is a force of love.
I’m trying to love you into the place you get what you want, whether you know it or not.
It might sound corny to you, but it’s really what’s true in my heart.
And so that gives me great joy.
But there are 3 gifts you can give through your labor.”
Robbins suggests that each of us, regardless of our occupation, possesses distinct gifts that we can offer through our labor.
He views labor not just as a means to an end but as a valuable gift, akin to love. In his perspective, the greatest gifts we can offer others, apart from love, are our efforts and skills.
For Robbins, his labor is an extension of his love. He describes his work as an act of loving others into achieving what they want, often beyond what they initially realize they need or want.
This approach brings him immense joy and fulfillment.
You Might Be Entrepreneurial
Being entrepreneurial is not the same as being an entrepreneur in your true nature or core.
You might possess qualities or traits typically associated with entrepreneurs, even if you don’t identify as one or aren’t currently engaged in starting or running a business.
Being entrepreneurial includes traits like:
- Innovative Thinking: You naturally think outside the box and are not afraid to challenge conventional wisdom or try new approaches.
- Risk-Taking: You are willing to take calculated risks in pursuit of potential rewards, understanding that failure is a part of learning and growth.
- Proactiveness: You don’t wait for opportunities; you create them. You’re often the first to act on new ideas or possibilities.
- Resilience: You have the ability to bounce back from setbacks, adapting and learning from experiences rather than being discouraged by them.
- Visionary Perspective: You tend to see the bigger picture and have a clear vision of what you want to achieve in the long term.
- Self-Motivation: You are driven from within to pursue your goals and objectives, often requiring little external motivation.
- Problem-Solving Skills: You’re adept at identifying problems and quickly coming up with effective solutions.
- Leadership Qualities: You often find yourself leading projects or people, even informally, due to your initiative and capability.
Even if you’re not currently an entrepreneur in the traditional sense, being entrepreneurial can be highly beneficial in various roles and industries.
For example, in Tony Robbins’ case, he is an artist by nature, but owns more than 100 businesses.
Being entrepreneurial allows for adaptability, innovative problem-solving, and the ability to recognize and seize opportunities, which are valuable qualities in today’s dynamic and fast-paced world.
Know Your True Nature and Align with It
Recognizing your true nature is crucial.
You might have entrepreneurial qualities but not necessarily be an entrepreneur at heart.
If money were no object, would you prefer running the organization, taking risks and selling it, or focusing on creation?
Remember, you might possess all three skills to some degree, but true fulfillment comes from spending most of your time in your natural role.
Under stress or excitement, you’ll naturally gravitate back to this role.
Fulfillment Comes from Aligning with Your True Nature
Which of these is you at your core? Who are you in your true nature?
You’re not fulfilled equally. You are either naturally more of an artist or leader or entrepreneur.
Understanding and aligning with your true nature is key to finding your fulfillment.
It’s not just about choosing what you want to do; it’s about acknowledging what fundamentally drives you and aligning your professional choices with that.
When your work resonates with your innate mindset – be it as an artist, a leader, or an entrepreneur – you are more likely to experience a profound sense of accomplishment and joy in what you do.
Here is what fulfillment looks like based on the 3 mindsets of entrepreneurs:
- The Artist/Talent/Skilled Producer: Individuals with this mindset are driven by the passion to create and produce. Their fulfillment comes from the act of creation itself – be it art, a product, or a unique service. If this is your innate nature, you’ll find the greatest satisfaction in careers or ventures where you can express your creativity or craftsmanship. Attempting to fit into a role that doesn’t allow for this expression can lead to dissatisfaction.
- The Leader/Manager: Those who naturally incline toward leadership or management find fulfillment in organizing, directing, and nurturing teams or systems. Their innate nature lies in managing processes and people effectively. If this is your true nature, positions where you can oversee operations, lead teams, or develop organizational structures will be most rewarding. Being in a purely creative role with no leadership or management aspect may not align with your inherent strengths and could lead to a sense of unfulfillment.
- The Entrepreneur/Risk-Taker: This mindset is characterized by a drive to build businesses and take risks. These individuals thrive on the entrepreneurial journey, including the challenges and rewards that come with it. If this entrepreneurial spirit is your true nature, you’ll find fulfillment in roles that allow you to start new ventures, explore new markets, and embrace risk. A routine or risk-averse environment might not satisfy your entrepreneurial urge.
3 Roles from the Enterpreneurial Myth
Tony Robbins’ 3 mindsets of entrepreneurs reminded me of the 3 roles from Michael Gerber.
The “entrepreneurial myth” or “E-Myth,” a term popularized by Michael Gerber in his book “The E-Myth Revisited,” refers to the misconception that understanding the technical work of a business means you understand a business that does that technical work.
Gerber identifies three main roles in this myth:
- The Entrepreneur: This role is the visionary or the dreamer. The entrepreneur is the one who thinks ahead, plans for the future, and is constantly seeking new opportunities. They are the innovators and the strategists, always looking for ways to expand and grow the business.
- The Manager: The managerial role is focused on order and routine. Managers are the ones who organize, make sure that systems are in place, and that the business runs smoothly and efficiently. They are concerned with the day-to-day operations and keeping everything on track.
- The Technician: The technician is the doer – the one who is skilled at producing the product or delivering the service the business offers. This role is hands-on and is more about working in the business rather than on the business. The technician focuses on the present, doing the technical work, often getting caught up in the details.
According to Gerber, most small businesses fail because their founders are technicians who enjoy the hands-on work but neglect the entrepreneurial and managerial roles.
He argues that for a business to succeed, it needs a balance of all three roles: the visionary entrepreneurship, the pragmatic management, and the skilled technical work.
Understanding these roles and how they interact is crucial for anyone looking to start or grow a business successfully.
Trifecta of Transformation: Innovation. Leadership. Entrepreneurship.
I appreciate the nuances of both Tony Robbins’ model and Michael Gerbers model.
They both focus on figuring out who you are so you can be more effective in your business, and so you can distinguish between working in your business vs. working on your business.
These models help you better understand your strengths and weaknesses and how to achieve fulfillment.
I also have a triad, but I wanted to focus on areas of high value skills that can make you a stronger leader of the future.
I call my triad the Trifecta of Transformation, which consists of Innovation, Leadership, and Entrepreneurship:
- Innovation: Here, the emphasis is on creativity, future orientation, and developing new ideas or processes. Innovation is about seeing beyond the current horizon, challenging the status quo, and finding novel solutions to problems. In the Trifecta, it fuels both leadership and entrepreneurship with fresh perspectives and breakthrough ideas.
- Leadership: This is the art of guiding and influencing people towards a shared vision. It involves strategic thinking, effective decision-making, and inspiring others to achieve collective goals. In the context of the Trifecta, leadership is about steering the course of change, ensuring that innovative ideas and entrepreneurial ventures are aligned with a strategic direction and vision.
- Entrepreneurship: This aspect focuses on identifying market opportunities, creating solutions, and taking risks to launch and grow ventures. Entrepreneurship in the Trifecta is about transforming ideas into tangible products or services, recognizing and exploiting opportunities, and driving growth and change in the marketplace.
Synergy in the Trifecta: The real power of the Trifecta lies in how these three elements interact and amplify each other. Leadership provides direction and purpose to innovation and entrepreneurship. Entrepreneurship brings a practical, market-driven focus to innovation and leadership. Innovation injects creativity and forward-thinking into leadership and entrepreneurial ventures.
Why Master the Trifecta?: In a rapidly changing world, mastering this Trifecta is essential. It equips leaders with the skills to navigate uncertainty, drive change, and stay ahead in a technology-driven market. It’s about combining the visionary aspect of leadership, the pragmatic approach of entrepreneurship, and the creative drive of innovation to achieve transformational impact.
In essence, the Trifecta of Transformation is a holistic approach to leading in the modern era, combining the essential components of leadership, entrepreneurship, and innovation to forge a path of impactful and sustainable change.
Embracing Your True Nature: The Key to Unleashing Fulfillment and Success in Entrepreneurship
Robbins’ exploration into the essence of entrepreneurship underscores the profound truth that our deepest fulfillment is rooted in aligning with our true nature.
Whether you resonate with the artist, the leader, or the entrepreneur, each role possesses unique traits and pathways to success.
The artist thrives on creativity and the joy of creation, valuing integrity over profit.
The leader or manager excels in orchestrating systems and people, providing the backbone of any successful enterprise.
Meanwhile, the entrepreneur, the quintessential risk-taker, revels in the adventure of business, driven by economic potential and the thrill of the journey.
Robbins challenges us to look inward, beyond the superficial layers of our professional identities, to discover who we are at our core.
This introspection is not just an exercise in self-awareness but a strategic approach to finding where our true strengths lie.
By aligning our work with our inherent nature, we unlock a state of being where stress diminishes and effectiveness multiplies.
The Artist brings to life visions and ideas, imbuing them with emotional and cultural significance.
The Leader or Manager translates these visions into actionable plans, ensuring the smooth running of operations.
The Entrepreneur navigates the uncertain waters of the market, turning ideas into economically viable entities.
Each role is essential, yet not every role suits every individual.
In this understanding, Robbins offers a path to not just professional success but personal fulfillment.
By identifying and embracing our true nature, be it the artist’s creativity, the leader’s orchestration, or the entrepreneur’s daring, we find ourselves less in opposition to our work and more in harmony with it.
This alignment is the key to unleashing our full potential, reducing stress, and increasing our effectiveness tenfold.
The wisdom Robbins imparts is clear: know yourself, align with your true nature, and embrace the journey.
Whether you’re an artist, a leader, or an entrepreneur, understanding and aligning with your core identity is the cornerstone of not just success, but deep, enduring fulfillment in our fast-paced, ever-changing world.
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