Are you an entrepreneur at heart? Entrepreneurs can come from any class in society, any industry, and have widely-varying personalities. Still, there are a few inherent traits that most entrepreneurs seem to share. Check out these are 6 indisputable signs that you’re destined to be an entrepreneur.
#1) You don’t “fit in”.
While not every entrepreneur is an outcast, their tendency to think “outside the box”, which helps them stand out from the crowd, can also keep them from “fitting in.” In fact, Jeff Bezos, Founder of Amazon has said, “Entrepreneurs must be willing to be misunderstood for long periods of time.” Instead of running with the crowd, entrepreneurs, who are often born leaders, find themselves leading others in almost any task they undertake. Entrepreneurship is a lonely journey, at times, and can discourage the weak-of-heart, but for those of us determined to realize the potential we’ve glimpsed in our dreams, there’s no greater reward than the fulfillment of that vision.
#2) You think risk is fun.
Entrepreneurship is often compared to tight-rope walking, but being an entrepreneur is about a lot more than keeping one’s balance in high-risk situations. In fact, it could be said that, more essential to the spirit of entrepreneurship is the zeal with which one continues after multiple falls (fails). The first step in entrepreneurship (starting your own business) is a monumental risk in itself; the uncertainty alone keeps most from even beginning. But it is only the first step. To be a successful entrepreneur, and really make a life of it, it will be necessary to overcome failure after failure, embracing uncertainty to the point of actually finding joy in situations other’s would find too risky to bear.
#3) You’re confident.
In order to break out on your own and tackle the challenges inherent in entrepreneurship, you’re going to need confidence. I’m not talking about overly-cocky underachievers who talk a lot but don’t do much; I’m talking about believing in yourself to the point where any challenge, no matter the size, pales in comparison to the faith you have in your own ability to overcome it. When you believe that you are capable of meeting the challenges keeping you from realizing your dreams, you find a way.
#4) You have an unquenchable curiosity.
Entrepreneurs are curious, and they use that trait to generate massive success through innovation. The world has no shortage of problems– something that entrepreneurs see as a huge opportunity. They ask a lot of questions and are constantly hunting down their elusive answers. After all, in order to improve on anything, you have to first ask, “how could this be better?” Adding credit to the old saying: “you will be paid in proportion to the size of the problems you are able to solve”, the greatest entrepreneurs use their endless supply of curiosity to fuel the innovation they employ in solving some of the worlds greatest challenges.
#5) You’re tenacious.
Tenacity is one of the traits that distinguishes entrepreneurs from non-entrepreneurs. To have any success as an entrepreneur, you have to have an unrelenting drive and determination to stick with your goal, even when the going gets tough, as it inevitably will. Building and running your own business, while an exciting idea, is a long journey and can often become less and less motivating as the small, trivial, tasks cloud the excitement that accompanied your original vision. Great entrepreneurs have the perseverance and willpower to make it through the tough times, reaping sizable rewards due to their “never-give-up” mentality.
#6) You think bigger.
He couldn’t be more right. In fact, numerous entrepreneurs have echoed this sentiment, from Dan Pena to Grant Cardone, though few say it as well as Trump. In order to achieve the massive success that top entrepreneurs have achieved, it is first necessary that you are able to think on a massive scale. For instance, when Naveen Jain, founder of Infospace, Intellius, Inome, and Moon Express, thinks about philanthropy, he doesn’t think about donating a school or building a single development, he thinks about how he can fundamentally improve education, healthcare and access to drinking water for millions of people around the globe. This ability to think big, is directly related to achieving exponentially larger successes.
Every entrepreneur is different and there are few groups as difficult to pin-down or stereotype; Still, many of the most successful share these 6 unique personality traits. If this list sounds like you, you might just have what it takes to be the next great entrepreneur. Remember, the journey won’t always be easy, but where there’s vision, passion, and persistence, success is bound to follow.