Am I an Entrepreneur?

For the last week, we planned, executed and recovered from hosting and organizing a kids and family conference.  It was all worth the work and sleepless nights.  It was an amazing weekend!  That said, I have been slowly trying to get back into the groove of writing and blogging again.  As well as, recovering from participating from the A-Z April Blog Challenge.  I say recover because I found that although, it was an amazing experience, blogging with a theme daily not only stretched my mind but also diverted my mind from what I began on my blog.  Now I’m having to re-establish that mindset to continue writing the true story of how I met my husband and take you on my journey to finding my passion and making it my life, The White Rabbit Project.

It’s been a trying morning already and I almost didn’t find the energy, patience or peace I need to write but on my way home from dropping my daughters off at the school bus I started to think about passion and then about the word, “entrepreneur”.  What fired my need to write today is that word “entrepreneur.”  I started to think about,”What makes an entrepreneur?”  “What kind of person makes a good, great or successful entrepreneur?”  I’ve been called an entrepreneur, “am I an entrepreneur?”  “What makes me an entrepreneur?”  Truth be known,  I actually started with these questions, “Why do people like living in a box?  Why aren’t people more adventurous?  Why are so many people happy living “safe”?”  Those questions spurred the more people friendly questions of entrepreneurship…just saying.

In thinking about those questions, I started researching what is already out there about what makes an entrepreneur.  I found several traits that were consistent in most articles about entrepreneurs.

  1. Discipline~Successful entrepreneurs are disciplined enough to take steps every day toward the achievement of their goals.
  2. Confidence~The entrepreneur does not ask questions about whether they can succeed or whether they are worthy of success.
  3. Open mindedness~Entrepreneurs realize that every event and situation is a business opportunity. Ideas are constantly being generated about workflows and efficiency, people skills and potential new businesses. They have the ability to look at everything around them and focus it toward their goals.
  4. Self Starters~Entrepreneurs know that if something needs to be done, they should start it themselves. They set the limits and make sure that projects follow that path. They are proactive, not waiting for someone to give them permission.
  5. Competitive~Many companies are formed because an entrepreneur knows that they can do a job better than another. They need to win at the sports they play and need to win at the businesses that they create.
  6. Creativity~One piece of that creativity is being able to make connections between seemingly unrelated events or situations. Entrepreneurs often come up with solutions which are the synthesis of other items. They will repurpose products to market them to new industries.
  7. Determination~Entrepreneurs are not thwarted by their defeats. They look at defeat as an opportunity for success. They are determined to make all of their endeavors succeed, so will try and try again until it does. Successful entrepreneurs do not believe that something cannot be done.
  8. Strong People Skills~Most successful entrepreneurs know how to motivate their employees so the business grows overall. They are very good at highlighting the benefits of any situation and coaching others to their success.
  9. Strong Work Ethic~The successful entrepreneur will often be the first person to arrive at the office and the last one to leave. They will come in on their days off to make sure that an outcome meets their expectations. Their mind is constantly on their work, whether they are in or out of the workplace.
  10. Passion~Passion is the most important trait of the successful entrepreneur. They genuinely love their work. They are willing to put in those extra hours to make the business succeed because there is a joy their business gives which goes beyond the money. The successful entrepreneur will always be reading and researching ways to make the business better.Successful entrepreneurs want to see what the view is like at the top of the business mountain. Once they see it, they want to go further. They know how to talk to their employees, and their businesses soar as a result.

I agree whole hardheartedly with this top 10 list of characteristic of an entrepreneur but I would add one more trait and that is…I believe that an entrepreneur is usually someone who has the ability to think out of the box and like working against the grain so to speak.  Entrepreneurs don’t mind and actually love working with new ideas, things that have not been done before while improving what already exists.  That’s the very thing that was driving my fire today.  I like living and working outside the box.  One thing I hated hearing as a manager was, “We’ve always done it this way, why change it?”

“Maybe because it doesn’t work anymore.  It’s inefficient.  It’s painful for everyone to use and we need to keep up with the rest of world.”  I would say in my head, all the while smiling and saying, “Let’s go over it again.”

I could go into it so much more because I am passionate about living life without regret and my saying is “The worst thing than failing…is not trying.”  If you don’t try, how do you know you will fail?

So, I will leave you with this thought, are you an entrepreneur?  Is there something you want to try but have decided not to attempt it because friends or family don’t believe in it or you?  Don’t let it stop you from trying, you will never know if it was a good idea, if you don’t try.

(The traits of an entrepreneur is from author, James Adams from “Under30Ceo”)



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