One of the best things about having an entrepreneurial mindset (or just a growth mindset in general) is that there are unlimited options for what you can create, grow and become.
It’s actually so exciting—and liberating—to think about life and business through this lens because it means there are no dead ends, no failures, and no situations where you’re permanently stuck.
You always have the opportunity to find a solution to a challenge, turn a failure into a lesson, or even reinvent yourself.
People who take this attitude toward their life and business end up doing some super adventurous and out-of-the-box things because they refuse to see themselves in only one way. They have a vision for themselves, and even if it means they need to reinvent themselves in the process, they find a way to make it happen.
One of our clients who chose to reinvent himself, specifically at a point in his career where many others would’ve chosen to retire, is David Bishop.
You may not know David’s name off the top of your head, but you’ve definitely been impacted by his work. For over 30 years, he was a titan in the digital media industry, widely recognized as a powerhouse for consumer product launches.
He’s a former President of both MGM Home Entertainment, where he led the industry in the DVD market revolution, and Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, where he was instrumental in the launch and marketing of both Blu Ray and digital distribution market platforms.
And then, after a fantastic run with digital media, the market did what markets do—it changed, in this case to streaming. David decided that after 30 years he was ready for a change, too.
But instead of grabbing his golf clubs and hitting the links, he wanted to continue contributing and making a difference. He also wanted a challenge. So, he chose to reinvent himself: to shift away from working within businesses to running his own.
“I wanted to start my own business, where the product I was selling wasn’t Spiderman or James Bond, but David Bishop,” David said.
He focused on leadership and organizational development and started a coaching and consulting business called The David Bishop Group.
This new venture didn’t come without its bumps.
There were surprises along the way (“I expected everyone to hire me,” David said. “Like, ‘Look what I’ve done, why aren’t you hiring me?’”) and some fundamental learnings—about how to sell himself, who his target market really was, and how to highlight his unique background and experiences.
But there were amazing rewards, too. He’s worked with inspiring and—in some cases—highly notable clients in so many different industries. He’s found flexibility in his ability to work from anywhere, whether it’s New York, L.A., or New Zealand. And he’s found fulfillment, both in helping his clients through an organizational transition in their business while successfully growing and transitioning his own.
None of this would’ve happened if David hadn’t believed that, at any point in his life or career, he could reinvent himself. That may be the most inspirational part of all.
But the best part is, the same opportunity exists for you, too.
You always have the option to become a new version of yourself. With the right mindset (and—let’s be real—a whole lotta guts), the possibilities are endless for what you can create, grow, and do. I can’t imagine anything more exciting than that.You always have the option to become a new version of yourself. With the right mindset (and—let’s be real—a whole lotta guts), the possibilities are endless for what you can create, grow, and do. Read more about brandiD client David Bishop: Click To Tweet
P.S. Want to learn more about David Bishop and how we helped him position himself in his new business? Read his case study here.