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The DNA of an Entrepreneur

Updated on June 2, 2016

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.

The Dream

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.



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    • StayPos profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from Florida, USA


      Thanks for stopping and sharing your perspective on establishing a small business.

      Getting started on a part-time basis is definitely a great way to ease into it and then as you say, make the full time leap when you’re ready!

      I appreciate the hint, and will certainly keep it in mind!


    • Lady_E profile image


      9 years ago from London, UK

      Very useful Hub. I recommend people set up a small business - even it it's a small one that they could do part-time with their Job and when they get confident, if they want to - they can resign and expand.

      Too many redundancies these days.


      Ps. You would make a great Business Coach. Hint hint....

    • StayPos profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from Florida, USA


      You're quite welcome :-) Thanks for your compliment and sharing how you made the leap to follow your dream of entrepreneurship! All the Best

    • Kristine Manley profile image

      Kristine Manley 

      9 years ago from Atlanta, GA

      Great Hub. It took me a very long time to open my own business and publish my first book, and I'm glad I did. Thank you for writing such a wonderful Hub.

    • StayPos profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from Florida, USA

      Cloverleaf! Thanks so much for your heart warming comments. I appreciate you sharing how my hub resonated with you and brought back special memories of your dad :-)

      You are precisely the example that I hope others find the courage to emulate in their lives. I wish you every success and blessing in your life and business.


    • Cloverleaf profile image


      9 years ago from Calgary, AB, Canada

      Hi Staypos,

      This hub is very timely indeed, as I have myself recently stepped into the world of being an entrapraneur (but I can't spell it).

      I felt myself very closely connecting with your hub, particularly the comments you made about remembering words from your father. My Dad passed away when I was 16 but I always remember asking him how he would feel if I moved away to another country. His reply? "I want you to do whatever makes you happy."

      Anyway, here I am now living in Canada and running my own online business. It sure does require a big step out of the "comfort zone" but I agree with your comments that anyone surely can be an entrepreneur if they set their minds to it.

      Following your dream requires commitment, dedication and hard work. But then so does anything else in life that's worth doing :)

      All the best,


    • StayPos profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from Florida, USA


      Thanks for the share! Welcome to Hubpages :-)

    • beaddve1800 profile image


      9 years ago from Toronto

      Very cool hub. Shared.

      I believe everyone has their dream, but lack of motivation is one of the biggest issues!

    • StayPos profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from Florida, USA


      Thanks for your gracious compliment! I appreciate you lending an "ear to hear" my thoughts on a great topic - Entrepreneurship :-)

      Stay tuned for more!

    • Angela Brummer profile image

      Angela Brummer 

      9 years ago from Lincoln, Nebraska

      This was so well written. I really enjoy your distinguished voice through words.

    • StayPos profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from Florida, USA


      Glad you like it :-) I agree with the great value that vision brings in making things happen. Thanks for your thoughts on the subject!

    • StayPos profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from Florida, USA


      Thanks for sharing my hub and your comments! I'm looking forward to delivering something special for the community :-)

      I appreciate the support and hope it helps to make a positive contribution in helping others succeed!

      All the Best

    • Cyndi10 profile image

      Cynthia B Turner 

      9 years ago from Georgia

      Great article. I look forward to your series. Seeing the vision and really believing it is one of the keys to making it happen.

    • Dexter Yarbrough profile image

      Dexter Yarbrough 

      9 years ago from United States

      Hi Stay Pos! I am going to share this with many others. I agree with Suzette. If you can envision the dream, it can become a reality. Looking forward to reading more in the series ! Thanks!

    • StayPos profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from Florida, USA


      Thanks for stopping by and sharing :-) I love the concept of using our imagination for positive motivation to reach our dreams and goals. It's always a pleasure having you contribute your insights!


    • suzettenaples profile image

      Suzette Walker 

      9 years ago from Taos, NM

      Great hub! Very inspiring. I have found that if I can envision it, I can do it - it can become a reality if I so choose. That has pretty much gotten me through life so far. I can't wait to read your next article on this topic. So interesting!


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