You may want to be an entrepreneur but do you have what it takes to be an entrepreneur?
I have been networking with lot of people over the years closely and have noticed quite a few things that are part of the personality of an entrepreneur. See how many you have them and if you have most if not all of them, you are an entrepreneur for sure.
1. Hate the status quo
“Chal try karte hain” or lets try it is something very common among entrepreneurs.
Entrepreneur don’t opt for tried and tested formulae and so they are keen on experimenting new things rather than accept the status quo.
The best example is when everyone is looking to get ahead in the rat race to getting the job, an entrepreneurs looks at it differently and try not to be part of this race.
2. Can’t remain idle
Entrepreneurs cannot just sit idle or keep doing nothing or at times cannot keep doing unproductive things.
Don’t judge it wrongly that they are boring or they only work and don’t party. What I meant is they cannot be kept idle and need to keep themselves busy at things they want to be doing.
They are at times workaholics or restless. Restlessness can also mean they may have achieved a lot but then they are always thinking about what could be achieved next and not rest and enjoy the current achievements
3. Want to self improve
Always want to get things done slightly better than what they managed it.
It is a double edge sword and at times can work against the entrepreneur. They may want to launch a product that is nearly perfect but then they don’t think it is good enough and there are lot of improvements that they want it done before they want to get it to the customers.
Working on getting better customer experience or trying to get a better ROI for a business is important but the most important thing is to get feedback from real customers instead of entrepreneur himself being the only customer. Being a first customer to your product always helps but not the only customer to the product.
4. Motivated by challenges
Hurdles and challenges motivates them even more. If opinion about something is — it cannot be done, it drives them more towards getting it done.
5. Open to losses
If things can go wrong, they will go wrong and experiments may not always have the desired end result. Entrepreneurship is all about failures and being open to making losses.
6. Want to be in charge
They want to take charge of everything or are a control freak. Most of the successful entrepreneurs of the world are often called control freak.
7. Passionate & opportunist
Every calamity is looked at as an opportunity by entrepreneurs.
Every opportunity being looked as a path to make an impact on the society more than make money out of it. It is more about the impact it can create to the world without making money out of it.
It’s the passion that will keep you going in the opportunities.
8. Have sold as a kid
Charity begins at home and so is the entrepreneurship. It has to start from home and as a kid too.
9. Recover Quickly
Failure in entrepreneurship is quite often and quite fast and you cannot keep moaning about. Learn from your mistakes and move forward and get passionate about the next opportunity that comes your way.
10. Surrounded by intelligent people
You are an average of 5 people around you and so entrepreneurs always have intelligent people around them to help them make the right decision or rather recover faster from the wrong decision.
11. Dropout or fired from jobs
World’s most successful entrepreneurs are college drop outs and I am sure it is not just a mere coincidence. Bill Gates, Michael Dell, Mark Zuckerberg, Steve Jobs and the list can continue.
We may tend to think, we need to be a dropout or fired from jobs to be a great entrepreneur but I don’t think it like that. You can be a dropout or fired from a job if you have an opinion or feedback about things that you don’t keep it to yourself.
Job unsatisfaction can never drive you to be an entrepreneur. Entrepreneurship is by choice and not by compulsion.
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