The internet is littered with definitions on what it takes to be an entrepreneur.  The critical characteristics that will separate you from the rest of the pack and keep you going when the going gets tough.  There’s loads of traits that we can say are necessary to be a great entrepreneur:

- Creativity

- Passion

- Ingenuity

- Perserverance

- etc, etc and the list goes on and on.

We can always talk about the traits that great entrepreneurs HAVE, but how can we tell if we are set apart to do something greater than our current job, something that’s outside of our scope of comfort to instigate change and innovation? Truth be told, I’m not entirely certain myself…

I think we can all agree that we are able to look around and pinpoint those that we are almost certain are NOT meant to be entrepreneurs.  Those individuals are often times fantastic in their roles, lead lives of almost envious stability and cringe at the smell and sight of risk.  I’m obviously generalizing, but someone who harbors these traits, I think we can safely put into the circle ‘most likely non-entrepreneur’.  This is not knocking or demeaning anyone or anything, but rather attempting to hone in on the crazy ones… the ones that refuse to follow the rules…

We should being the search at a more basic level than business acumen or speed of execution (often generic chracteristics for entrepreneurs).  We should probably start in the playground and think about whether or not we were waiting to get picked for the kickball team, whether we were the ones picking the teams or even further sitting on the sidelines wondering why they were playing kickball.

- Getting picked for the kickball team:  Hate to use the term ‘follower’, but not necessarily a natural born leader and looking to the crowd for direction and belonging.  Absolutely not a bad thing, you can’t have leaders without those who want the leaders to exist.

- Picking the teams: You at the very least exhibit the leadership gene so we can check off that box.  While there are probably countless other character points we need to analyze, this seems to be a good starting point.


- Sitting on the sidelines wondering why they were playing kickball: You are 10 steps ahead of your peers and you always have probably thought outside of the box, with a large portion of your thoughts immersed in a world of your own.  It’s one of those things that are the part of an entrepreneur, but negatively said you could also just be a weirdo…..

We are concluding that you at least have to begin with a leadership trait along with a bizarre processing mentality to be a good entrepreneur.  And you have to always, I mean CONSTANTLY want to break the rules?  Do you feel that way…?



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  1. Cindy 07/04/2012 at 7:39 am #

    Hey Linda,I just came up with this the other day. Looking at this from a network mretaking point of view, I’ve come to the conclusion that there is an indicator that will predict a persons success or failure, regardless of any other factor involved.I call it the What are you doing NOW test. At least until I come up with a better name for it. So here goes: Anything you’re not doing in your business while you still have a job, you won’t do after you quit your job. Meaning: If you’re not posting to your social sites every day, if you’re not posting to your blog regularly, if you’re not emailing your list daily, if you’re not on the phone prospecting daily, if you’re not studying sales and phone techniques, guess what?You won’t do it when you’re full-time in your business and you will inevitably fail.My suggestion to anyone contemplating going full-time in their network mretaking business is this:Take note of what you’re doing. Are you making a list every night of things you must accomplish in your business the following day? Are you prioritizing that list, and resolving to finish those tasks? Are you working as long as it takes regardless of whether you feel like it or are tired? Have you consistently followed your plan for weeks, or better yet months? Are you making progress in your business now, or are you fooling yourself into thinking that when you have all day to work on it THEN you’ll get some momentum going?If you can’t honestly say that all of those things (and probably a few more) are true then YOU ARE NOT READY TO GO FULL-TIME.Keep your job until you have proven to yourself that you have the self-discipline to ensure that you are doing what needs to be done on a daily basis. Believe me, that bank account of yours will dwindle with frightening speed, and mindset won’t refill it. Sure, you gotta have the proper (or at least a success oriented) mindset, but it’s the actions you perform consistently that will determine your level of success.Dave Kotecki recently posted..

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