Entrepreneurs are something else. They’re a different breed. They think differently. They approach situations differently. And, they provide solutions differently.
Their knack for finding a fix is often a result of their deep dissatisfaction with the state of affairs. So, they decide to leave their comfort zone, and start working towards the solutions. They’re not the least bit afraid of it - they, in fact, thrive on it. Sometimes, at the cost of sleep, sometimes, at the cost of relationships, and sometimes, at the cost of risking everything they’ve got.
It is, after all, a quest for greatness. And, greatness doesn’t come to you just like that. You have to earn it. Toil for it. Day in and day out.
Are you ready to give it your all? If you do, here are ten obvious traits of entrepreneurs that will make you say, “oh my god, that’s so me!”.
Whether it’s to fix your neighbor’s smart TV, dig a hole, or solve a complex coding issue, you don’t wait for anyone else to tell you what to do. You don’t ask, “well, who’s going to do it?”. Instead, you ask, “How can I do it, and do it quickly?”.
This subtle difference in your attitude builds up your self-confidence that helps in solving problems, no matter how big or small.
Comfort zone is great. It’s a safe place. However, the cushion of a monthly salary has killed many a closet entrepreneur’s dreams of making it big. Even if they wanted to go out in the wild and explore great ideas, they couldn’t risk losing their well-paying job.
But, you’re built differently. You have the guts to leave it all behind, only for the sake of materializing the idea that has been brewing in your mind for quite some time. No matter how fraught with challenges the road less traveled might be, you are totally fine with leaving the secure but mundane life so long as it satisfies the change-maker within you.
No idea about the next step? That doesn’t scare you in the slightest. You’re willing to work with incomplete information, because the alternative is not working at all.
As long as you have the confidence in your idea, you are certain that you will find a way to navigate the boat, no matter how unpredictable the weather is.
Any entrepreneur worth their salt will tell you that they work better during the wee hours of the night. They also prefer working during weekends and national holidays, because they’re not distracted by the day-to-day operations at work.
This isn’t to say that they don’t work during normal working hours at all. Their working patterns just don’t fit into the cookie cutter 9-5 job style. They work when they feel like, and aren’t bound by the pressures of creating a work-life balance that the society emphasizes on.
Managing your team’s expectations, functioning efficiently as an organization, and keeping your clients happy are aspects of entrepreneurship that come with their own set of challenges. As an entrepreneur, part of your job will be to solve problems that will test your patience on a daily basis.
But, you aren’t bogged down by complications. No matter at what stage in life, you always have a problem-solving approach to things which sets you apart from many other professionals that get overwhelmed the moment things start going south.
Ideas, concepts, products, vision - you can sell it all to anyone you meet. You have a knack for making the other person feel important, listening to them intently, and responding to them in a positive manner. In short, meeting you simply makes their day.
As an entrepreneur, you will have to work with a lot of people, many of whom you might not even like, and vice versa. But, you mustn’t care about it as long as you’re able to motivate them and inspire them to always do better.
Entrepreneurs always have their binoculars on to spot the next best thing that could help them level up. Where others see complications, they see a gap that needs to be filled with a sturdy solution.
Moreover, new opportunities need not always mean a new source of income. They may as well mean a better way of doing the same things that you have been doing all this while. As long as you are able to recognize that opportunity, you’re essentially an entrepreneur.
Entrepreneurs are often always seen with a book in hand. They listen to podcasts. Attend insightful events. Travel every now and then. Meet new people. All these activities help them expand their mind and open them up to new experiences.
They know that the more they know, the more likely they are to find solutions to problems.
This might be a tough pill to swallow, and one of the biggest reasons why many individuals give up in the first year itself. Being an entrepreneur requires you to put in your sweat and blood into creating something big. It often involves putting your friendships and relationships at stake. It also commands a sacrifice of money, your mental and physical health, and your peace of mind.
However, the one thing that keeps entrepreneurs going is the confidence and persistence that sooner or later, they will make it. And then, all the sacrifices they made will be very well worth it.
See people scoff at your “big plans” more often than not? It’s okay. What you’re set out to create is often relevant only in your head. It is after the world sees it manifest into something that they start believing in your plans. Until then, if they call you crazy, so be it.
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