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Entrepreneur Extraordinaire: Why You Stand Out in The Crowd

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I have always found that my view of success has been iconoclastic: success to me is not about money or status or fame, it’s about finding a livelihood that brings me joy and self-sufficiency and a sense of contributing to the world. ~ Anita Roddick

What is it that sets entrepreneurs apart from the rest?

What is it that makes some people believe in themselves with drive and determination to come out on top?  Entrepreneurs take the challenge of failure head-on, sometimes risking everything.  It takes a certain type of person to set an idea in motion, survive the unpredictable highs and lows all the while staying focused on their ultimate business goals.

The entrepreneurial spirit is a gift implanted early in a person’s life.  It’s debated whether it is a characteristic individuals are born with or if  it can be taught. Though neither has been proved,  it is obvious that there are certain characteristics that all entrepreneurs do share.  These characteristics make them stand out in a crowd. These are the same characteristics you see in people everyday, but it is the super sized versions of these characteristics that we see in entrepreneurs that make them different.  There are four major characteristics of the entrepreneurial spirit; passion for what they do, ambition to pursue it, optimism to believe in it, and the leadership skills to get it done.

The great successful men of the world have used their imagination. They think ahead and create their mental picture in all its details, filling in here, adding a little there, altering this a bit and that a bit, but steadily building ~ Robert Collier

Passion:   

Entrepreneurs don’t have cheerleaders to constantly push them, they rely on themselves for  appreciation, motivation and inspiration.  They are driven by pure passion and it is the passion for what they do that sustains them through thick and thin.  Entrepreneurs are passionate about their vision when nobody else sees its potential.  Passion is what keeps them up all night until they “get it just right”.  It’s the entrepreneurial passion that makes failures along the way easy to swallow.

Ambition: 

Entrepreneurs think big, and ambition runs rampant in their blood. They want it all, but are willing to put in the hard work to get it.  An entrepreneurs ambition shows in your strong work ethic.  Not for personal greed, but an overwhelming desire to achieve the goals they’ve set.  They are willing to take risk that others walk away from. Every idea, every thought and every afterthought must be accomplished and brought to reality.  Ambition is what takes the entrepreneur from “thinking about it” to “doing it.”

Optimism:

One major thing that sets entrepreneurs apart from the average professional is their optimism. Entrepreneurs have high levels of confidence that whatever they put their mind to do can be done.  They are not afraid of failure, and welcome challenges. Through all of the ups and downs entrepreneurs remain focused on their ultimate goal. A positive attitude comes with the territory. When others attempt to create doubt you are able to remain positive, you believe in yourself and your success.

Leadership:

Entrepreneurs are natural-born leaders. They are great at building relationships with their team and engaging with customers.  Entrepreneurs are good at quick decision-making and adapting to change. It’s about connecting all of the dots that lead to success. Entrepreneurs have the unique gift of not only  to seeing skills that exist in others, but know how to cultivate innovation and initiative to bring forth new skills in others.  Entrepreneurs have the natural ability to make others “be the best they can be.”

What makes an entrepreneur  tick is a combination of these major characteristics and so much more.  They have the ability to make clear choices, a flare for being resourceful, and a will power to move beyond fear. Long before starting a business an entrepreneur has to have trust in themselves and the balls to follow their gut.

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Written by Beverly S. Davis

June 9, 2012 at 12:49 am

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