Being an entrepreneur is not the easy path. Anyone who says it is, is lying to you (possibly in the hope that you will pay them to assist you). It’s not for everyone. If it were easy the entire world would work for themselves and no one would do any of the billions of paid jobs.
Entrepreneurs are creative innovators, hard-workers, action-takers and they have something worth buying/selling (expertise is not a dirty word). But more importantly they have the qualities of an entrepreneur.
I’m no psychologist but there are certain characteristics or personality traits that seem to be present in every single successful entrepreneur I’ve met.
You’ve got to love what you do. Even when things go wrong, you’ll still find the enthusiasm to pull through because you LOVE what you do. You desire to be of service, change the world blah blah – but more imprtantly, you LOVE what you do. You’ll find the passion to do what must be done because you’re in the business of changing lives.
Knocking a quick service or cheap product into the world is NOT what you want to be known for. Strive for excellence and develop an eye for detail and quality, above all else.
That feeling that keeps you pushing on and moving upwards. Always aiming for a finish line that never gets crossed. There is no end in sight. As soon as one milestone or hurdle os overcome, here comes another. It’s all part of the beautiful unfolding of life and you must have the drive to continue.
4. DESIRE TO BE OF SERVICE.
You’ve got to really want to help and serve people. Your desire to help people succeed must be strong enough to carry you through. It’s not enough to want to do this or to spot a ‘gap in the market’, in the core of your being you really must be service-driven; results-oriented. Aka you give f*ck.
Let’s not diffuse this issue. You need epic self-motivation to start, maintain and grow a business. It’s far easier dream about the ‘laptop lifestyle’ of sitting on the beach drinking smoothies out of coconuts than to get sh*t done. But getting sh*t done is the most important task. If you can’t lead, inspire and motivate yourself – how can you do the same for others? Get on it.
Which qualities do you need to develop? Let me know in the comments below.