The DNA of an Entrepreneur
There it goes again, that familiar thought, trying to take up residence in your mind
……" I think I could be an Entrepreneur”
In a previous hub, we concentrated on the essence and component parts of entrepreneurship.
Let’s now turn our attention toward understanding the motivation, desire and dream that’s indispensable for turning them into reality.
In large part the desire for entrepreneurship is a journey that starts in your heart and is fulfilled in an outward manifestation that is measureable for others to see.
The often intangible desire behind entrepreneurship is a revealing depiction of our very nature as individuals.
It often keenly represents a sense of pushing back against the culture of fast food combo order numbers and one size fits all solutions that tend to encroach upon us from all sides.
To begin understanding the true desires and motives of being an entrepreneur we must look beyond the surface level.
The apparent reasons of notoriety, position or riches is rarely the answer. Relying upon these obvious and typical representations will leave us woefully lacking in undertaking our task.
Instead we must look deep inside to make this discovery. Time and again what we most desire is a reflection of who we are at the very core of our being.
This observation may be revealed as the root of a deep and abiding altruistic value which clearly has little to do with the external trappings of success.
Discovering this core revelation is a power source of closed loop energy that gives us the permission to reach out for new life and expression!
In order to pursue and enjoy the lifestyle of entrepreneurship there is an extra ordinary drive and conviction that must be apprehended.
In the beginning and often along the way there is a necessity to patiently endure as goals, benchmarks and targets come and go without being fulfilled.
It requires a long and enduring commitment that is not predicated upon neat and tidy time tables of achievements.
It is a rugged and flexible perspective that inspires hard work, big dreams and the willingness to sometimes “put it all on the line” for the chance to declare, “Here I am and this is the contribution and legacy that I want to leave.”
As you identify with this kind of purpose and passion, you acknowledge the fact that you have what it takes to become an entrepreneur.
What sets you apart from others is that still small voice of confidence that continues to assert itself with the possibility of striking out on your own in the face of conventional logic and reason.
You know that given the proper plan, execution and support there is no doubt that something very special could happen. It’s almost as if you’re caught up by a dream or a vision that wants to burst forth and meet you in your future.
As she opened her eyes, she realized it was all a dream. How could it be? It certainly seemed so real. The sunlight cast its warming rays in between the bedroom curtains gently bringing her back to “reality”. She raised both arms straight above her head, yawning and rising for the day. The beautiful quiet of the morning was only disturbed by the joyous tweets and chirps of the robins and blue jays outside her window.
What was the meaning of such a dream that suggested she had her own successful business?
This wasn’t the first time, however in this case every detail was there in full detail of sight, sound and texture. First there was the beautifully appointed and spacious street level office space. Then there was the executive conference room with its nicely finished mahogany table and incredibly comfortable ergonomic leather chairs.
Next, along the wall opposite the very large picture window behind the table set a gorgeous piece of cabinetry with a brand new top of line coffee maker. The aroma of freshly brewed French vanilla coffee beans permeated the room in anticipation of the surprise directors meeting.
It had finally happened you and six of your most trusted allies had just celebrated your fifth year in business and signed another large contract to insure that the path to five more was all but assured.
The trappings of success were actually the least exciting thing about where the Desire, Motivation and Dream had taken you to in your life. You had somehow listened and believed that it could be possible if you would only take actions of abandon with regards to your convictions.
The meaning was coming through loud and clear. What your father told you when you were a little girl. How your coach encouraged you in grade school. What your teacher stressed in high school.
Most pointedly the meaning continues in your own heart and is understood and answered as yes, it is time to reach out for a new vision and accept the mantle of entrepreneurship.
You can do this. As your mind goes back in time to the secrets you shared with dad about wanting to design your own “line” of cabbage patch doll clothes or build a better go cart than the ones the boys had made in the neighborhood. It was he that said “sure, you can do it” and when they ask you to try it out, “take orders honey and go into business”. Then there was your soccer coach, Ms. Shelly that always reinforced your talent of creativity and leadership at every opportunity.
And of course there was Mr. Sheldon, your English teacher, who never failed to not only acknowledge your skill level as a writer but who emphatically challenged you to imagine the feeling of writing your very own best-selling novel.
All in all it makes perfect sense that you have the correct answer to the question “Why can’t I be an entrepreneur?” You can.
So, assuming this does ring true for you please join me in an upcoming series of hubs where we’ll exam various small business models that can launch you into fulfilling your very own Dream of Entrepreneurship.
- The Essence of Entrepreneurship
This hub purposes to give you a glimps into entrepreneurship. How do we define it and what benefit or value does it bring when pursued. Definitely take a look and then share a comment if you like.