- You are Confident in Anything You Do
Confidence plays an important role in achieving success. Thus, as an entrepreneur, it comes naturally to you. Entrepreneurs take tremendous risks and are responsible for putting big ideas together. All these are achieved because an entrepreneur believes they can do so.
For example, Howard Schultz once had a great idea to open up a high class café because he was inspired by the social life carried out in Italian expresso bars. Schultz worked for Starbucks while they were just a brand for coffee. At first, the company did not believe in owning coffee shops, but Schultz’s confidence persuaded them to do so. Schultz is now the chairman and CEO of Starbucks. His great idea led to Starbucks opening up franchises in over 50 countries.
- You Are Innovative
A true entrepreneur is always drafting, thinking and researching to “paint the big picture.” These are the types of people who look at the world from a whole new perspective and know that the world is filled with infinite possibilities. They don’t wait for great things to happen, they make it happen.
A true entrepreneur puts everything aside to pursue a great idea. For instance, Steve Jobs did not believe in waking up every day to live like everyone else. He would say to himself, “’If today was the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?” His innovative mindset allowed Apple to release the first Macintosh, iPod, iPhone and iPad. Not to mention, the numerous versions of each model.
- You have A Strong Sense of Curiosity
Entrepreneurs want to know about everything. It is impossible for them to avoid asking questions. Curiosity sparks creativity and unleashes some great inventions. Great entrepreneurs research and pursue things they never knew about.
One of the greatest examples of curiosity has been displayed by Mark Zuckerberg. At age 10, he was very bored with what he was learning at school but was fascinated with his father’s early model of an Altair computer. He learned how to write softwares, and at age 11, he even hired a computer programming tutor. Zuckerberg’s curiosity led him to be well-educated and allowed him to develop numerous websites, with Facebook being the most successful.
- Your Brilliance Has Been Underestimated
Brilliant people are always underestimated, usually because they are misunderstood or taken for granted. Examine Walt Disney, Steve Jobs, and Oprah Winfrey. They are some of the world’s most successful people, but they have all been unfairly criticized.
Walt Disney, the great mind behind the Disney theme park and numerous animations was once fired by a newspaper editor because “he had no imagination.” The Disney Theme Park is formulated from imagination and is currently worth $35 billion dollars.
Next, we have Steve Jobs who was fired by Apple in 1993 – the very company he created. Jobs stated, “. . . getting fired from Apple was the best thing that could have ever happened to me. . . It freed me to enter one of the most creative periods of my life.” When all failed for Apple, Jobs was rehired as interim CEO in 1996.
Lastly, Oprah Winfrey the “Queen of Daytime Talk TV” was once fired from a news station in Baltimore. Although they were not impressed with her, Oprah has built her own television network and earned an honorary doctorate from Duke and Harvard.
- You Have Passion
We all have something we are passionate about, but what sets an entrepreneur apart from others is that they choose to combine their passion and career together. If you’re an artist, create a gallery and display your work. If you love to bake, why not open up your own business?
Ralph Lauren originally studied business at Baruch College but dropped out to pursue other passions. He worked as a tie salesman for some time and was inspired by European tie designs. Ralph Lauren started his own store, and eventually his own designs. This all began because he chose to follow his passion.
L. Shabudin | DBPC Blog