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:
- 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…?