Updated: Jan 15
Sometimes you don't find your dream job; you create it. Doing work that "fits" -- work that fills you with excitement and passion every day -- may require that you step away from the predictability of the 9-5 and craft your own path to freedom, finance, and fulfillment. This path, known as "entrepreneurship", has the potential to absolutely change your life. The catch is, it's not for everybody. But the question is, is it for you?
You have trouble finding the right fit in a company, and the prospect of corporate politics doesn't exactly make your heart sing. And you don't need to be a hard-bargain, in-your-face, slimy-hair'ed, squeaky-teeth'ed, person to be successful at business.
There are a number of traits that hint heavily at your potential success as an entrepreneur. The more "yes"es you have to the questions below, the more likely you have what it takes to be an entrepreneur.
01. You Are A Self Starter
Successful business owners are always making things happen. They don't wait around for the phone to ring or to be told what to do next. You challenge yourself to grow,
02. You Are Comfortable Taking Risks
Entrepreneurship is all about taking risks. You have the ability to take greater risks to achieve greater good. But you know when to take risks and which risks are beneficial or harmful.
03. You Think Outside the Box
A successful entrepreneur is a creative thinker with loads of ideas constantly flowing through their mind. This drastic ability to think of a wide range of new ideas helps and entrepreneur initiative different types of business in a new way, creative way.
04. You Get Along With Different Kinds of People.
Every business, even small ones, requires constant with a variety of people: customers, suppliers, bankers, printers, etc.
05. You Have a Positive Outlook
Optimism and a sense of humor are critical factors for success. You have to view setbacks and failures as stepping stones to your ultimate success.
06. You Are Able to Make Decisions
Procrastination is the biggest obstacle to good decision-making. In a successful business, important decisions are made daily, not put off. 80% of decisions should be made right away.
07. You Accept Responsibility
If you have a tendency to blame others, the company, the government, your fate, your spouse, or your dog for what goes wrong, you're probably not the best candidate for entrepreneurship. Successful entrepreneurs accept total responsibility for results, even if they are not favorable.
08. You Can Take Advice from Others
Being your own boss doesn't mean you have all the answers. Being open to the wisdom and experience of others is the hallmark of a leader. People who are willing to listen and spend more time doing what works, rather than experiencing every mistake for themselves.
09. You Are Adaptable to Change
Change is a constant in today's marketplace. In every chance, there are seeds of opportunity, and successful people view change as an opportunity, not a threat.
10. You Can Stick With It
Most new ventures do not take off as quickly as we would like. But can you stick with it? Do you have grit? Are you prepared to make at least a 1-year commitment, no matter how bleak it may look at times? Will you continue, even if your friends tell you to throw in the towel?
11. You Have Confidence in Your Vision
There is no time for doubt or second thoughts. You must absolutely believe in what you are doing, but more importantly, why you are doing it. If you are not firmly rooted in your purpose, you will not be able to sell the idea, the product, or the service to your patrons.
12. You Enjoy What You Will Be Doing
Don't ever think you can be successful doing something just for monetary rewards. Ultimately, you must get a sense of meaning and satisfaction from what you are doing. So only consider those ideas you are totally passionate about.
13. You Can Communicate Yourself and Your Ideas
Many people fail with a great product or service because they hate the idea of "selling". But to sell is simply to communicate the value of a good idea, effectively. No one will beat a path to your door just because you have a better mousetrap. Today, you must master the art of adding value to others, and communicating that value clearly.
14. You Practice Self-Discipline
Self-discipline is the practice of doing what you need to do, regardless of how you feel. It is one of the key characteristics that makes all the others work. With self-discipline, anything is possible. Without it, nothing is. Few ventures are instantly successful. Most require months (or even years) of long-hours to get them going. It's like getting a plane off the ground. A great deal of energy is required at first, but once you are in the air, it takes much less energy to keep it moving.