10 Signs You Were Born An Entrepreneur
Oct 25, 2017
What is an entrepreneur in today’s world? The word Entrepreneur seems to gets tossed around a lot nowadays. It’s like it is a new fad that everyone wants to be a part of. What does it even really mean to be an Entrepreneur?
Entrepreneur: A person who organizes and manages any enterprise, especially a business, usually with considerable initiative and risk. Dictionary.com
The word and profession has been around forever. You would think, as I did, that entrepreneurship is at an all-time high in America.
But, “the number of startups created in America on an annual basis has fallen nearly 28% from 1977 to 2011. And the percentage of startups relative to all businesses and working population size have both fallen by more than 50% over the same time frame.” Fox Business.
Is this because being an “entrepreneur” is more of a mindset and lifestyle today than the literal sense of the word? Is it also because of the internet? I think so.
So, how do you know if you were born to be an Entrepreneur? Or is it something you picked up along the way? I would say there are a few telling signs that you have the (gift or curse) of entrepreneurship, past just wanting to have the label. You may not do all of these things, but most of them will sound all too familiar.
10 Signs You Are a Born Entrepreneur:
1. You never stop moving or thinking: You run from one task, job, or event to another and never feel like you have enough time in the day. Your to-do list seems to grow every day. Your mind is constantly racing. You think of ideas daily and sometimes can’t shut it off, especially when it comes to bedtime.
I recommend meditation.
2. You always want to learn new things: You feel like you have learned more outside of school than you did in school (if you went to school). Now that you are able to pick and choose exactly what enters your brain, you enjoy consuming information and can’t stop.You read, listen to podcasts, sign up for newsletters (way too many newsletters), watch videos, whatever you can do to grow yourself and your business (or potential business).
I recommend going through your emails right now and unsubscribing to the ones that aren’t super important (majority of them), then coming back to this post. Declutter your day and your mind little by little to increase productivity and decrease stress.
3. You are never content: You finally accomplished one of your big goals that you have been working on for a while. It feels great! But, it hasn’t completely satisfied your appetite for success. You can't stop there. No time to celebrate, on to the next task. You have a serious case of “FITB”, which stands for “Fire In The Belly.”
I recommend celebrating the little things. Enjoy the journey (it’s the best part).
4. You are a morning person…and a night owl: What? That’s not a thing!…Unfortunately, it is. You love the mornings since that’s when you get the most work done. You get up, make a cup of coffee (or whatever routine you have), and set the tone for the rest of your day.
You also struggle to go to bed. You know you need sleep, but your mind is racing, your excited about something you accomplished that day, or you had another idea that you have to work on right away or else you might forget about it!
I recommend choosing one. Make sure you are getting enough sleep! Make it priority number one…..seriously.
5. It was passed down hereditarily: Your parent(s) are entrepreneurs, so naturally, it’s in your genes. You grew up around it and maybe even helped out. You can go to your parents with an idea and get great feedback since they speak the language.
I recommend making time to talk about your dreams, pursuits, and business ideas with your parents or mentors. They will be more than happy to hear what you have been up to. This is a great way to get your ideas out in the open and get another perspective.
Also, listening and learning from your elders is probably the number one thing you can do to get ahead and possibly save yourself years of failure or missteps (Although inevitable, the more you can do to limit them the better – learn from OTHER peoples mistakes more than your own).
6. You can take failure way better than the average person: Failure, which seems like such a negative, scary word, is not a failure to you at all. Instead, you have learned a lesson. The more lessons you have, the smarter and better you will be. Therefore, you don’t mind failing and completely expect it to happen many, many (Trump voice) times along the way.
I recommend that you, well, keep failing. #failforward. Aim for a lot of micro-failures and try to stay away from the big ones..:)
7. You are super duper observant: Since you have a keen eye for new ideas or ways to start or enhance your business, you have a way of noticing people’s needs and wants. You listen extremely well in every conversation because every interaction you have with someone offers you a different perspective or a new piece of information that you didn’t know before.
I recommend sharpening this tool every day. One way you can do this is to really focus on listening when others talk. Let them finish completely and actively listen to what they are saying. Don’t fake listen…we’ve all done that. Everybody can teach you something.
8. You enjoy helping people: Helping people is one of the best feelings you have ever experienced. You need to help people to feel fulfilled and you are always looking for a way to make a difference in someone’s life. You are also looking for ways to make a profit from helping people. This may sound selfish or frowned upon, but isn’t that what every business does? You feel if you can profit from providing value to others, this will enable you to help more people, and eventually many people, thus making a real difference while on this planet.
“You will get all you want in life if you help enough people get what they want,”
- Zig Ziglar.
I recommend making an effort to selflessly and significantly help at least one person a day while expecting nothing in return.
9. You aren’t the biggest fan of taking orders: You may be working a full-time job right now that involves taking orders from higher-ups. You are a hard worker and can get your tasks completed without much help. But when your boss interferes and demands it to be done a certain way, you tend to get stressed. That’s not how you do things. You have an efficient way of doing it on your own.
I recommend having a sit down with them to explain how you are more efficient using your own tactics. Explain why and discuss options. If they disagree, maybe it’s time to look at a different position or a different employer....or no employer.
10. You don’t understand the hamster wheel: By hamster wheel, of course, I mean working a 9-5 job that you might dislike. You ask yourself, why don’t more people do something about the fact that every time someones asks how their day was, their only answer is,”eh, it was work.” Or something of the sorts. I mean, if they aren’t happy, why are they doing it?
And of course, there are reasons (supporting a family, health issues, financial issues and so on). But something can always be done to create happiness for yourself, no matter what situation you are currently in.
I recommend pursuing your dreams and committing to one day (hopefully soon) leaving the 9-5 if you haven’t already. Change your mindset, put your head down, and consistently put the work in. Before you know it you will be there.
Is Being an Entrepreneur Something You are Only Born With?
“Oh, you think the darkness is your ally, you merely adopted the dark. I was born in it, molded by it.”
– Bane (I don’t know if this quote directly applies, but whatever, I like it.
A lot of successful entrepreneurs have that story about how they started their first business when they were eight years old and have been building businesses ever since. I don’t have a story like that. My story very briefly goes like this:
I was slow in school. I couldn’t pay attention. I was prescribed ADHD medicine in 5th grade! Hated it so I stopped taking it. Barely got by in school and was painfully shy and awkward until my late teens. Didn’t feel like I fit in anywhere. Felt weird and different. Finally graduated college with a marketing degree. Took a couple jobs. Realized I “couldn’t this 9-5 thing forever and that I wanted more”. Started pursuing my dreams.
It’s not a very captivating story, but it’s the truth.
I didn’t realize that I might have the entrepreneur bug until after I graduated college. My parents are both entrepreneurs so I knew I probably got a little bit of that, but it didn’t really surface until I felt like I was allowed to choose what I wanted to do with my life. Up until that point, there was always someone telling me or “advising” me to choose out of a number of options. These options were what people are supposed to do.
Entrepreneurs don’t choose, they create.
I believe we are either born an entrepreneur, or we are not. You may find out when you are seven, or it might show up when you are 22 like it did for me. I’m no expert on the subject, but I do know that when it does hit you, there is no stopping it.
Why Are We Entrepreneurs?
I am going to use “we” because if you are reading this, you are probably an entrepreneur, aspiring entrepreneur, or have entrepreneurial tendencies.
Time. A non-renewable resource should be cashed in on when we are young and able, not when we are older. Ask any of your elders what their one regret is in life. A lot of them will say something along the lines of, “I wish I lived more when I was younger,” or “I wish I traveled the world,” or “I wish I lived a life true to myself instead of making other people happy.” Entrepreneurs understand that and strive to live a fulfilled life every day.
We refuse to settle for a clock-in-clock-out-and-repeat, kind of life. Entrepreneurs want to retire now. Retire from making someone else rich to explore their hobby of running their own business and creating their own life while making an impact on the world. We enjoy the process and the journey and consider it an important part of life.
What To Do Now?
Take a second to look at your life. What does it look like, where are you headed? Are you truly happy and fulfilled?
Or, do you come home from work, sit on the couch and watch 2 hours of pointless TV while eating an unhealthy snack.
You need to ask yourself, "am I going to one day look back and say, damn I used to be able to run, workout, go out, and do whatever I wanted with my time. Now I can't. Why didn't I take advantage of that! I'll never get that time back."
"I really wish I would have started that business, or at least given it a shot."
There is no better time in history to feed your entrepreneurial spirit and make an impact in the world. Some of the best and simplest advice I have ever received was; “Whatever your idea is, just do it. Do it right now. Stop waiting.”
Pretty obvious right? Well then do it. I encourage you to feed your entrepreneurial spirit, or else you will starve. Enjoy the journey and the process more than you enjoy the rewards.
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Miles is a writer, entrepreneur and student of health. He is the creator of Hustle Healthy & Hustle Healthy Society. Miles studied Marketing in Texas and has held multiple marketing and sales positions. His main passion is health and entrepreneurship. Austin is his home, Colorado is his calling. If he is not spreading the word about about health to other entrepreneurs, you can usually find him in the mountains, on the golf course or in a river.