What do you envision when you think of an entrepreneur? Do you picture someone selling items door to door, or a young child selling lemonade from a lemonade stand, or do you envision someone that is a consultant for a big firm?
Not all entrepreneurs were born with a thought of starting a business when they become an adult. Being an entrepreneur comes from a burning desire to be different and entrepreneurs have a dream of becoming successful. This takes learning a skill and turning it into a dream of it being a profitable business.
To be a successful entrepreneur it takes a combination of knowledge of a skill and the knowledge of how to take this skill and put into action of being a business owner. A successful entrepreneur needs to have 4 characteristics to be successful and that would be:
Must have the mentality of an entrepreneur.
1. Do Not Settle
I can personally tell you that I am not a corporate person. I do not like being employed by someone else and having to endure all the politics that take place in corporate America. This is not a pride issue and I am not being self-centered about this, it is just a mission of mine to be successful. My goal in life is to be successful in everything I do and I do not want to share any of this success with some corporation that will benefit from my success. Being employed for someone else is making someone else rich on my behalf and I do not see this in my cards. Are you employed and are they getting rich by what you do?
2. I am in the game to win.
Winning and losing is the game of life, and life is filled with risk and opportunities we face every-day. The difference for an entrepreneur is how we handle our wins and our losses. We need to tally our wins and losses and take every loss and use them to learn from. It is easy to get discourage from losses, but we must change our outlook and take losses and use them as a learning tool instead of beating ourselves up from them. When we win we need to build on these wins in order to be more confident, build up our self-esteem. When we have the confidence and self-esteem we will be able to take more risk and turn our dreams into reality faster.
3. Confidence leads to success.
When you have the opportunity to hang out with your peers use this time to learn from their success. The best entrepreneurs do not flaunt their success but they use it as a tool to be in the same company with successful and confident entrepreneurs. Every great profession is made up of talented people, take the time to spend with these talented people to learn what made them confident and successful. See the value in humans and open your eyes to what people have to offer.
Do you think like an entrepreneur? What’s stopping you from chasing your dream?