Being an entrepreneur is today’s most coveted occupation. It seems as if everyone you speak with either is, or wants to be, an entrepreneur. The dream of being your own boss and making lots of money is quite a desirable one. Yet at the same time the risks involved are deeper and more difficult than you might imagine.
How should you know if you are a good fit to succeed as an entrepreneur?
Here Are 4 Signs You Will Be An Awesome Entrepreneur:
The Value Of Thought
As was recently quoted by the well known Charles Harary, As a society, we value action. We appreciate people who are always moving. As a result, we plan our days so that we are always doing. We view actions as more valuable than speech and speech as more valuable than actions. However, sometimes it’s just the opposite. As Abraham Lincoln once said, “If I had eight hours to chop down a tree, I would spend six hours sharpening the saw.”
The thought process necessary to build your success is key. Whatever your game plan is, make sure you devote ample time every day to go over what has been done, what you want to accomplish and bring out ideas that will enhance your project.
The Joe Namath Quality- “A Rebel With A Cause”
The great Joe Namath was one of the most well known and charismatic players the sport has ever seen. There always seemed to be something magical about him, he was a rebel at a time when the country appreciated one.
He was cocky, but in a likable way. The image of the swinging bachelor as much as his rocket-like arm helped make him the most glorified football player of his time. When you take your business plan and ideas for review, you are going to have many pitfalls, failures and challenges along the way. The only way to succeed is to have a take charge attitude and go all the way. Never let anything get in your way and “go all the way”.
One of the most difficult challenges entrepreneurs face is the constant criticism they receive. While at times it can certainly be challenging and frustrating, positive criticism is the most valuable gift someone can give you. Find people you can trust and ask them for criticism. Make sure you are not leaving out important details, leaving gaps in your business plan, etc. No one can do it alone and having someone who can an give you their objective opinion on each step you take is extremely important.
Finally, Erase More Than You Write
All ideas need work, and many times you need to erase everything and start again. The worst thing you can do is to get too caught up in your idea to a point where you cant turn back. Re-starting is not a sign of failure, it is a sign of improvement. Make sure you are not just coming up with constant new ideas and implementing them immediately. Go over them, analyze them and make sure you are not rushing into anything too early.
What are your signs for successful entrepreneurship? Please share your thoughts in the comments below.
Author: Jay Block, CEO of The Small Business Journal