The Untold Secret to Entrepreneurship Success

There are many aspects to succeeding as an entrepreneur.

There is no limit for the amount of advice we can get from books, training programs, online courses and videos on how to become a successful entrepreneur.

But in the past few years of trying to succeed as an entrepreneur myself – I have realized one thing.

There is one important element for entrepreneurship that no one talks about. And ironically, no one can talk about it.

I picked this up from a movie I watched long back…

“What is that one thing that once you say it, it ceases to exist?”

The answer to that was “Silence”.

Or as he put it. “Silencio” in Italian.

The secret to entrepreneurship success is – silence.

Our brain is capable of documenting every experience we’ve had. Everything we have seen. Everything we have read. And all that is stored in our subconscious mind.

What we see, what we read, what we talk about, what we think we think are all just tip of the ice berg. What we pay attention to with our conscious mind.

We may think that the missing piece of the puzzle that has prevented us from achieving success until now is information. Things we might not yet know.

So we keep trying to learn more and more things. But trying to learn more things is like collecting more pieces of the puzzle. If you have a 1000 puzzle pieces, it is harder to put them together. If you have not taken the time to put together what you have already collected, there is no point in collecting even more pieces.

What we need is time and space to put the puzzle pieces together – the pieces that we have already collected through our learning and experience.

And to do that, you need to pause and reflect.

Which means you have to slow down.

We are in the constant habit of checking emails, checking our phone, social media updates, consuming information, creating information – and all of us feel overwhelmed.

Life was pretty simple when we were cave men. All our mind had to think was how to get food for ourselves and our family, have sex and take care of offsprings. Our brain was not designed keeping in mind the demands of today’s connected, always-on and information overloaded world. Our mind just can’t handle it.

Instead of making things simple, we are only making things complex. If you have not found success yet, and if you are reading this, ironically, you think that more information is going to help you put the puzzle pieces together. But unfortunately, you are only gathering more pieces, and it is going to be even more difficult for you to put the pieces together – because you have so many of them.

There is nothing wrong in learning new things – in fact it is one of the important aspects of growth, but there is no point in gaining more information that makes us feel overwhelmed.

Information overload can paralyze us and we stop taking action because of analysis paralysis. We try to escape our reality and distract ourselves with more information – which makes things worse.

Of all the information I have gained from books, videos, courses, talking to people… one thing that has helped me the most with entrepreneurship is to pause and reflect.

Entrepreneurs need to take time off in solitude.

Go on a solo trip. Go one a bike ride. Go to a park alone and just keep your mind blank. Cook your own food. Get a body massage. Go to a floatation / isolation tank session. Meditate. Pet and play with your dog. Just watch the fishes in an aquarium. Do whatever is therapeutic for you. This will make your conscious mind Inbox Zero.

Just do one of the above, on a regular basis. For some people, meditation might not be their thing… but anything that calms your mind down is more than enough to start with. Once you start doing it, your mind will start putting the pieces of the puzzle together for you.

All the information and learning and experience you have in your mind will come together and inspire you into action. And the best part is that – the idea for the action you get will be unique to you, because no one else in this universe has gone through the same experience that you have in your life. And that one idea will change your life. That one idea could help you create a billion dollar company.

This is what they call “Instinct”. It’s not a random thought. It is carefully assembled from the pieces of information you have on your mind already – and since there are literally millions of pieces of such information – you can never consciously understand why your instinct is the way it is.

Nobody has been successful trying to deconstruct their instinct. The only way to succeed is to blindly trust your instinct and act on it. If you try to deconstruct it, you won’t be able to, because the conscious mind has 1/100th the power of the subconscious mind.

Many times, we are not able to trust our instincts because we are not able to deconstruct it – and then we try to use our surface level logic to analyze it and make sense of it. When we get overwhelmed and fail to understand it – we don’t act on it. Just because our conscious mind cannot make sense of it, we do not trust it. And that’s a gift from the universe wasted.

That’s why you have to trust your instincts and learn to pick up on it when it surfaces. I don’t know if it comes from the universe, from from deep inside me, but I have never gone wrong trusting my instincts.

Once you learn to trust your instincts, you will get into the habit of it. Initially it is very difficult to do it because you will have a fear of failure and we try to control our realities by only doing things we completely understand with our logical mind.

When your subconscious mind puts the puzzle pieces together, it gives you the bigger picture. That’s what you have to take. You just act on it.

Don’t analyse how the pieces have been put together. Just see the bigger picture. Don’t try to remove all the pieces and put it all together back. Why would you even bother to do it? Because you don’t trust your own instincts? That’s an insult to yourself.

The only way to see the bigger picture put together by your subconscious mind is to calm down. It will surface to you only when you pause and reflect. That’s why most entrepreneurs get their best ideas in the shower – where the conscious mind stops it chatter and the subconscious mind has the bandwidth to push its thoughts into your conscious attention.

When the internet was new, there was limited space in the mail box. If your mail box is full of unread messages, new messages cannot come in. It will bounce. Only when you delete the messages, new messages can come in.

When you are constantly distracted with your daily life checking messages on the phone, worrying about things, talking to people, watching TV or YouTube, and just jumping from one thing to another – the mail box of your conscious mind is full. Your subconscious mind cannot send messages to your conscious mind. The messages from your subconscious mind bounces.

When you keep your mind blank, pause and reflect from the daily chatter of life, you will be able to listen to your instincts. Your instincts are your keys to your future.

Empty your mind, and you will get ideas and directions put together by your subconscious mind by processing everything you have learned and experience in your life. Learn to trust it. It is scary to take it on face value, but you will get over that fear – because the only way to succeed in life is to listen and act on your instincts.

Calming down is the most underrated piece of entrepreneurship advice, but it is also the most important. It has been the most important for my in my journey, and one of the reasons I am writing this post is to reinforce the importance of calming down to myself. Teaching is the best way to learn.

59 thoughts on “The Untold Secret to Entrepreneurship Success”

  1. The significance of silence (aka a calm mind) is extremely underrated in our society. Since the beginning of the industrial revolution, education, jobs, etc have been inherently designed to inhibit self-reflection. Mostly because a silent and calm mind is much stronger, more radical, and opposed to all the bullshit society wants us to put us through.

    So, yes I do personally agree with the fact that a serene mind and an intuitive disposition is indeed a critical prerequisite for success in any field, esp. entrepreneurship where one is constantly battling against uncertainty.

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  2. Amazing post Deepak! Every time I go on a solo break… those have been the most productive times in my business in terms of new ideas for growth.

    I usually do not work on Wednesday and block that for “me time”… thinking day.

    It’s helped me a lot!

    What you have written in this post makes perfect sense… especially for entrepreneurs!

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  3. It is really appreciated how you put everything together in simple words to understand the mindset of an Entrepreneur.

    You also explained how our conscious and subconscious minds work and how we can train our minds to have a distraction-free life.

    Thanks for sharing such a wonderful article.

    Jagdish

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  4. I also strongly believe the ‘intuition triggered’ power. This is perhaps the ‘Blink’, Malcom Gladwell wrote about. Infact, many of the successful ideas were the ‘Eureka’ instincts sparked in entrepreneurial minds. The strategists deconstruct the decisions later , with analyses and try and fit them in models.

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  5. That means to become an extra ordinary entrepreneur, will have to be more silent, silency is the key to be together the thoughts then growth will happen.

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  6. I am totally in your support.
    Only thing I think is that collecting number of puzzle is good and beneficial if we put the puzzle in the correct direction and order at a perfect time.
    Thank you for sharing this awesome blog post.

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  7. Excellent insight…
    We always look outside continuously to solve our problems be it in personal or business side.
    Reconnecting with the inner guidance system is the best way. Thanks for sharing it. All the living beings uses it and lives gracefully. Unfortunately we lost that inner connection in between.

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  8. I think it’s very common to go after the next shiny object.

    “Let me try this,
    let me try that,
    ohh I better do that!!!”

    Again and again, I find articles of people writing about “top 10 ways to do X”, yet nobody talks about psychology, the mindset you need, etc.

    THAT is the foundational to start, and I wish more material is seen on these. I thank you for writing this one.

    What works for me is always going back to the fundamentals:

    – Instead of the best productivity app or hack, sleep for 8 hours. Every. Day.
    – Instead of looking for random tricks on business cards or launching a website, get your initial 1-3 paying customers first
    – Instead of chatting with my social circle on whatsapp, take out time and meet them IN-PERSON to improve your relationships

    Get your fundamentals right, and you’ll never have to worry about the tiny minutiae!

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  9. What i realised there is a huge difference between Solitude and lonliness . To convert lonliness into Solitude we need to put some self exercises into our daily routine followed by our instincts like you have mentioned.But for me to find out the difference between the temporary and permanent instincts is a big deal as it changes with respect to time. So what do you suggest me sir?

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  10. I completely agree to your words sir…. Most of the people including myself have shining object syndrome …. We want to gain more knowledge in our subject of interest and we fail to execute with what we have now ….. I believe it’s high time for entrepreneurs reflect on them self .

    I must also say that I have also suffered through this problem of gaining knowledge & doing nothing with it … By giving excuses to my self … Like you have said ..

    Thank you Deepak sir for sharing your great words of wisdom and makeing me Realize the Actual reality of us.

    Thanks

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  11. It is always delightful reading your posts ,it does brings a larger picture into reality and as a person how one needs to work on to keep calm inside to have direction in entrepreneurship or any walks of life.

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  12. Since past few days I’ve been trying to know the source of my thoughts. Where did it come from and why? Why does a certain thought keep coming back again and again? I guess this is what we call reflecting? For the entrepreneurial part, idk and I don’t want to know if I’m and entrepreneur, I’m pursuing a route that I’ve never imagined and I’m grateful to my parents for allowing and supporting me in my journey.

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  13. You have wrote the simply better piece of content which we can directly implement in our daily life.
    Yes i would like to add one point is that Talking to your own self every night before bed also trigger the same point.
    Yes ways might be different but destination is same. Ignite your intuition and listen to your subconscious Mind….
    Keep writing & keep sharing.

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  14. This article is worth visiting, again and again, every week. Because it will remind us how simple is the journey of entrepreneurship and how complicated our mind makes it.

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  15. Wow, Just very much inspiring!!! I didn’t know this. As of today, I mean immediately today, the practice of calming down, deconstruction of my conscious mind begins. Every bit of your writing carries a REAL LIFE CHANGING MESSAGE!
    Thanks a lot!

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  16. Makes sense. To breakaway from digging in more and more and to pause and reflect makes us also think where we started and what’s the goal. Sometimes we do get carried away by others success stories not realizing that ours has to be different.

    A good read.

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  17. Just as we all know all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. Life is full of serious people who most time die because of stress the best medicine one can ever take is just to cool off sometimes…….

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  18. Exceptionally well described. To endorse the idea of ‘Silence’, just imagine that what happens when you check your facebook updates; you look down in the gadget and you see a birthday celebration, what do you feel; perhaps you smile and then you drag down and you see someone is checked in somewhere, then a political post, then a funny one and on and on….
    We need to understand that our emotions keep changing with the pace of our scrolling down the media and at the end of it we reach no where, No clear image of anything. Now think where our focus will go if we are not able to imagine anything clearly.
    Slow down. Silence. Focus and take action.

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  19. “Listen to silence. It has so much to say,” said Rumi. Thank you for this wonderful post, Deepak.

    Giving the mind space to process our readings and learnings, so it can sift out the chaff from the grain, is very important. My takeaway is that this grain is pure and unfettered, and unbiased. The subconscious mind shows me a clean, pure path that is unfettered by external factors. While the conscious is fearful of taking risks, voicing opinions and prevents me from doing things that I want to do. The fear makes me think and think until I give up.

    I read your piece, stood at the window looking at nothing in particular. I experienced the virtue of being quiet in a serene place. I wrote this before my conscious mind reigned over my subconscious. What I mean is that normally I would hesitate to put my name out there even if it was in the comments section!

    I totally agree with you. Thanks again.

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  20. Awesome write up. I am fortunate to have read this, although I had learnt about it few years back. I have been practicing it since past few years, but lost the essence of it, because it became a routine.

    The silence means getting out of your work, being you, leaving behind communication devices and your work worries at home. No body should interfere into your space for the period of silence.

    It’s pretty difficult because the silence disturbs the mind at first. One might experience anxiety and worry about a lot of things. But its about connecting your mind and body, relaxing and just being in that space.

    Thanks Deepak

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  21. Really it is a price less information which i get from you. I am great full to you for giving self-development method which enhance our thinking level . It is very important to realize the power of our subconscious mind and our instinct value. And i am happy to know the proper method from you that how to harness the power of our subconscious mind. Hope for get this type of precious information from you .

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  22. Thank you for sharing this great advice and thought, Deepak!
    You have always been a guide to the people in the dark.
    Warm regards,
    Manoj

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  23. We are generally used to so much chaos around us that even though we make a choice or we take a decision we are left contemplating if we have done the right thing. It is so very important to have clarity of thought. As u have rightly pointed that clarity of thought can be achieved through calmness,mental peace. The simplicity in how you have explained the whole thing is really awesome.

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  24. I have been in this mode of collecting puzzle pieces and trying to make sense out of it……..too much overwhelmed.

    Thank you Deepak for this clarity, that I need to pause and allow myself to get the big picture.

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  25. Eureka! Deepak this article just came in at the right time. I am just at the point of breaking down due to exhaustion trying to dig more and find articles to make me a better entrepreneur.

    But you have just helped me crack the code. I have found that very elusive password to launch me into becoming a much better entrepreneur in this article.

    I have loads of articles on becoming a better entrepreneur which I have never even explored and I have been very busy searching for more.

    Thanks a lot. Silence is the code. I just have to calm down and take it easy on myself.

    Thanks a million for this article

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  26. Amazing article Deepak..It relates with Vipassana , an ancient meditation technique of India, 2500 years old which was lost many times but preserved by neighbouring country Myanmar thru teacher-student tradition and now regained back by India in its purest form and is being accepted and practiced by lakhs of people across the globe..

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  27. Excellent. It’s not only true for entrepreneur but also for employed. Everyone need to stop… Cut… Aim and then Go…. time and again. Key is not getting overwhelmed. Pause is powerful

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