Are You A Natural-Born Entrepreneur?

by | Sep 7, 2021 | blog, Business Planning, mindset

What drives someone to chase the highs and lows of entrepreneurship? Is it an innate characteristic? Or a series of outside nudges that guide us?

I definitely was not a natural-born entrepreneur. I didn’t even start my business until I was 45.

And it took me a few years after the entrepreneur seed was planted in my head before I took the leap.

THE FIRST WHISPER

Several years before I started my business, I hired a marketing firm to help with a project I was working on. As I shared my vision for the work, the company owner jumped in and said that I had a real entrepreneurial spirit. 

I laughed it off and didn’t think much of it because I didn’t see it. In retrospect, I was very entrepreneurial, but I didn’t know that I could be an entrepreneur. 

A LOUDER PUSH

A few years later, I was ready for a change, but entrepreneurship still didn’t occur to me as  a possibility. I still needed more nudges.

I told a good friend that I was thinking of getting my MBA because I wanted to learn about business. 

My friend Susan, who has decades of experience as a successful business owner, said, “oh, for goodness sake, Sara, if you want to learn about business, go and work for a business!”

I listened and began working for a startup company, which led to starting my own business. 

If it hadn’t been for those two nudges, I don’t know that I would have ever started my own business. 

BECOMING AN ENTREPRENEUR 

So perhaps entrepreneurship is NOT a natural-born quality for all of us. It’s simply the result of listening to small nudges. Taking action and making the most out of our inner qualities. The ones that our friends and family see every day, but may not even connect with business leadership. 

There are many paths to entrepreneurship. For some people it comes more naturally, but there are traits and characteristics that you can translate to an entrepreneurial journey.

I’ve noticed three such characteristics that successful women often display:

  • Attitude
  • Optimism
  • Confidence 

Here’s what I mean:

Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% your ATTITUDE towards it. A positive attitude can be all it takes to help find what’s needed within ourselves and push through to the other side.

It’s your attitude towards the experience that is what really matters.

The next character trait that can spark an entrepreneurial journey is OPTIMISM, which ties in with attitude. 

It’s helpful for women entrepreneurs to be able to look at the sunny side of life and find the silver linings in the cloud. The ability to look at a challenging situation and see the opportunities and lessons in it is a vital trait of a good business leader.

The third characteristic that contributes to business success is CONFIDENCE. Not ego, but the confidence that comes from making evidence-based decisions and listening to your gut. 

Confidence comes when you look at the evidence, lean on your experience, and listen to your spidey-senses. This is what aligned action looks like.

There is always a way to make your business work for your unique life, whatever season you’re in. 

It’s possible to strengthen these three character traits along your career. To grow yourself into a “natural born” entrepreneur.

 

 

 

SRL

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