3 signs you might be an entrepreneur
Monday, July 09, 2018
Thanks to Silicon Valley, we all have an idea of what an entrepreneur looks like: supersmart geeks who write code. But that image of entrepreneurs is narrow, uninspiring and unrelatable for most of us.
What about the barbershop, yoga studio or bakery owners? From scrappy go-getters to natural networkers, the entrepreneurs among us are as diverse as the businesses they have started. Suspend the belief that all entrepreneurs are in tech and check for these signs you might be one yourself.
My cousin’s, neighbor’s kid
Are you one of these people who knows someone that could address any possible situation? From getting a good price on auto body work to knowing how to get in and what to order at any restaurant in any city, if you are the one that knows guy, you might be an entrepreneur.
While it may not be that we can make money off our connections, successful entrepreneurs are notoriously resourceful.
They see problems as puzzles to solve and understand that anything and anyone is a potential tool for the solution. Without limits on their approach to problem-solving, they can provide unique connections and innovative solutions — great skills for building any new business.
Do you tend to help people even when you are struggling yourself? Whether at home or at work, offering advice, asking for help and, in general, ensuring successes and failures are shared so that everyone learns are characteristics of entrepreneurs.
Entrepreneurship is a self-sustaining industry. The more people start new businesses the more they help others start new businesses.
Failures and successes are as much a part of the cycle as sharing, giving back and growing the community. If it is in your nature to see the business world as an evolving ecosystem, if you naturally connect people and are driven to help others, then you might be an entrepreneur.
Ditch the vocabulary
Starting to second guess whether you might be an entrepreneur? Other than the image of geeks and computers, one of the most limiting beliefs about entrepreneurs is the word itself.
Main Street shop owners, hucksters at the farmer’s market and artisans on Etsy are all entrepreneurs. They are finding a way to make money running their own business in their own way. They are taking risks, forging a path and accountable to themselves for their success.
Whether you see everything as a business opportunity or have one great idea that will solve a problem, great entrepreneurs are driven by a need to translate their idea into a business and find a way to make it happen.
If not now…
Consider how many people started their own businesses during the financial crisis. Whether it is a major shake-up of world markets or long-standing manufacturing plants closing, huge changes have inspired many necessity entrepreneurs (those who had to start a business because they could not find a job).
Instead of delaying any longer or waiting for the next crisis to inspire you, listen to that little voice in your head and follow that idea.
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