It has been said that entrepreneurship is the “new normal”. What this means is that in this generation, more people are looking to be an entrepreneur than being an employee.
But then you ask: “People must still work in businesses created by entrepreneurs, won’t they?” And you would be absolutely correct! Not everyone will be an entrepreneur. It is along this line of thought that we have compiled some features that characterizes entrepreneurs. “Do I reflect them?” you ask. Why not let’s find out together?
1. You Get Bored With Routine
Some people prefer the safety and clarity of being an employee, because it does not require them to make plans or take any big decisions. But those with a more entrepreneurial mindset easily get bored with routine, and are usually the type who like to plan, strategise, and make long-term goals.
Because such work is only limited by one’s imagination, such challenge enables born entrepreneurs to thrive.
2. You Make Yourself Accountable For Your Actions
When you own your own business, it’s clear where the ideas originate. Hence, you know and admit that success or failure depends ultimately on your hard work, and ability to pick the right staff members to carry out your vision.
And because they hold themselves accountable, they usually cannot stand being part of anything where “just anything goes”. Not only do such ones hold themselves accountable, they naturally expect others to do likewise.
3. You Answer To the Toughest Boss – Yourself!
No one likes answering to anybody who lacks real vision, especially when you are hungry for success and ambitious. But it’s not just enough to simply be rebellious, you must know you can do better, and at the same time have a healthy awareness of your own limitations.
Such awareness helps you remember that you do not know everything, and that you need skillful people to work with you in areas where you are weak if you desire success.
4. You Learn From EVERY Failure and Disappointment
Learning from failure does not mean beating down on yourself when you fail, it means having the presence of mind to ask hard questions about why you failed, accepting the answers even when it’s difficult to do so, and acting decisively on them. It is their ability to discipline themselves this way, along with their vision that pave their path to success.
5. You Are a Hard Worker
You are usually willing to do more than others in getting the job done, even giving up free time to meet your goals and satisfy others, especially customers.
6. You Are Charismatic
You usually influence those around you to higher performance; and while you are open-minded to knowledge and learning, you do not copy others hook, line and sinker. Instead, you pick out important features from others, and harmonise them to suit your own unique situation.
7. Your Word Is Your Bond
Because most people have learned through bitter experience to approach everything with caution; you thus understand that if you must gain the trust of others, then you must deliver that which you promised. To you, this is non-negotiable!
8. You Genuinely Care About Others, Not Just What You Hope To Get From Them
If a customer has a problem, you will listen and make it right. You do not make the mistake that too many businesspeople make – that of viewing each customer as a single transaction. You understand that a customer who trusts you will also recommend you to others in their circle of interest. To you, “customer is really king” because you never forget that these are the ones who keep you in business.
Do you see yourself exhibiting some of the attributes? Keep in mind though that this is not an exhaustive list, just the main ones. Have anything to add? Please do so in the Comments.