Are you someone who is meant to be running your own show?
In a piece for Entrepreneur.com (what else?), Brian Evans, himself a successful entrepreneur by trade, identifies five tell-tale signs that reveal someone has the nature of a classic business self-starter woven into their DNA.
At the top of his list is the inclination to learn by doing. Evans points out that there’s a reason so many business successes are high school or college dropouts. Entrepreneurs, he says, are oftentimes poorly served by the school environment, because they are at their best when out in the world applying themselves.
Evans says, as well, that natural entrepreneurs are characterized by impatience. That is, their natural inclination tends to be to want to get going. If you know a successful entrepreneur (or happen to be one yourself), you’re likely very familiar with the characteristic.
Natural-born entrepreneurs are also terrible at taking “no” for an answer, says Evans. However, he points out, there is an important difference between those who don’t accept “no” but also don’t remain on the lookout for helpful feedback…and those who do look for information that will help a good-but-not-yet-great idea eventually succeed.
The other two features of born entrepreneurs, according to Evans, are an insistence on “owning” the work they do, as well as possessing a lust for freedom. He says a principal reason that entrepreneurial types don’t do well operating within typical corporate structures is “because they feel as though they don’t ‘own’ their work. It’s a combination of either not being given enough creative freedom, or having so many checks and balances in place that nothing actually gets done effectively.”
As for the matter of freedom, that’s everything, says Evans: “True entrepreneurs seek freedom -- and the definition of freedom is subjective. It’s more about a lifestyle than a benefits package or an end-of-the-year bonus.”
So, do you notice any of these features in yourself? If not, being a success as an entrepreneur is not necessarily off the table – plenty of people succeed while working against type. That said, if you can readily identify most, or even all, of these features as belonging to you, and you’re still chained to a desk working for someone else, then you, probably more so than any of the others around you, are absolutely in the wrong place.
By Robert G. Yetman, Jr. Editor At Large