“You were born to win, but to be a winner, you must plan to win, prepare to win, and expect to win” – Zig Ziglar
Could you be an entrepreneur? Many people shy away from this particular title and identify it as someone other than themselves. Maybe it’s a reaction of fear, doubt or even a bit of lack of self-esteem.
However, everyone will have to believe eventually that we are all entrepreneurs. We are all born to be an entrepreneur in some way or the other.
Whenever we find ourselves in a fix, we would definitely come up with innovative solutions. This is entrepreneurship. We shouldn’t focus on the glorified image of the word. The essence is that we are all incredibly receptive and responsive to new ideas. This is true for one and all.
An interesting article in Forbes says We are all entrepreneurs . Entrepreneurship is a state of mind and not a business model. A popular trend now suggests that anyone can be an entrepreneur, and it’s probably true. All companies are seeking entrepreneurial skill set in their employees. Google and Facebook are fighting each other for every entrepreneur on Earth. All other companies are following suit.
In this post I will try to offer multiple motivational points to prove that everyone is an entrepreneur. We all innovate and invent something.
Here is an interesting infographic by entrepreneur.com explaining why everyone will become an entrepreneur everyone will become an entrepreneur.
Whether you have your own business or you work for someone, you are a student, a freelancer, a homemaker or a self-employed personnel, you are all born to be an entrepreneur. We are all an entrepreneur to the core. May be we are not able to use the tag to its potential.
If we break down the skills and characteristics of most entrepreneurs, it’s likely you’ll find yourself identifying with more than one. Here is a list of common humanly traits to prove that everyone is born to be an entrepreneur. One of my earlier posts discusses more about the traits of an entrepreneur in 12 Entrepreneur traits.
If you can connect yourself to one or more of the below, you are a born to be an entrepreneur. All that is needed is a push from within.
Am I born to be an entrepreneur – the checklist?
An evolutionary necessity, the ability to change and make decisions in the face of a constantly transforming world is an important part of every person. Whether we exercise it often is another matter.
As you think about your daily life, you must make decisions based on changes in your schedule, the weather, health, etc. We use this skill constantly, and yet we can probably practice being more open to change to further improve this important competence.
We must all take some risks in life – whether it be buying a house, getting married, leaving a job, starting a new one, taking a trip, having children – risks are part of our existence. Some folks take more measured risks than others, and that’s fine.
Some entrepreneurs are also safe risk-takers and begin businesses in already established markets, increasing the capacity where it seems to be necessary. Some risk is involved of course, and we all have this ability. Just think about the playground in elementary school – the monkey bars, making friends – we’ve all done it.
At work, we need to take a lot of risks. We have all done it and we will keep doing it. The risk taking behavior is managed by cognitive thinking which in turn enhances our creativity.
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Learning from failures
Whether you like it or not, all of us have failed and will do so again. It’s the ability to learn from failures that allows us to grow and continue. Entrepreneurs must learn from failures to make continued business ventures possible.
We all have this embedded in our trait as children – think of learning to talk and walk. How many times must we fall before perfecting the ability to walk?
Making and reaching goals
A sense of urgency and a timeline allow us to make progress. Some of us work with lists, others keep it all in their heads – but all of us have an idea of what to do when we start the day. Entrepreneurs also must make goals for themselves and their work and businesses. Same is true for employees or even homemakers.
Once they reach a goal, another one is already thought of and ready to go. Continual progress and improvement are important for a thriving business and person – otherwise we get stagnant.
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Connecting continuously with Purpose
Feeling passionate about a work and finding meaning in what you do gives a drive that little else will equal. This drive inspires all of us to constantly improve, research, experiment and keep up to date with the latest in market segment.
All of us consciously or unconsciously search for purpose in life.
Finding your calling in an entrepreneurial situation or opportunity is no different. You can convert almost any purpose into an opportunity at work, business or other new venture.
The potential is within all of us.
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While most of us can connect ourselves to entrepreneurship, intensity varies from man to man.
So, this leads us to the next question:
If I am born to be an entrepreneur, how to unlock the entrepreneur in me?
It is important for everyone to believe in their entrepreneurial capabilities. Iterating few motivational lines can be useful in remembering purpose.
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One of these can be to congratulate yourself daily on taking that first step into the world of creativity and innovation.
Employ rock solid strategy
Nothing can beat an effective business plan and rock solid strategy. You may find yourself struggling with entrepreneurship in that the traditional business formulas may no longer be applicable to the global market.
While a lot of my posts cover copy book ideas of approaching entrepreneurship, here I present what is possibly the future of self-branding. It is branding through social bonding, continuous innovation and through higher emotional quotient.
Building a social brand is important
Here is an interesting infographic to set the scene by Neil Patel on how social media has an impact in Building a social brand of entrepreneurs/
It is important to build our social brand. We are all social animals. We all have esteem needs. We all like being loved and respected. It is the urge of these which defines an entrepreneur. It might not be ignited in all of us but these needs and longing for these needs exist in everyone.
Whenever we get into a group, ideas sprout from within. So, it would be a safe bet to say we are all social entrepreneurs.
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Born to be an entrepreneur- How about innovation?
Innovation is key to entrepreneurship. Think of ways that you may distinguish yourself from your competition.
I don’t mean that you necessarily have to compete with your peers, but analyze their creativity and see what the competition is doing. Find a way to create a niche that makes your product or service different from the rest.
Social media platforms to establish yourself
Use your creativity when it comes to marketing yourself. Have you considered utilizing one of the social media platforms such as Periscope to create videos introducing yourself to a business community?
This innovative Periscope concept is the latest in social media marketing. Many businesses are selling webinars and products via Periscope just by hosting videos and engaging with potential clients.
When you make videos on your phone and broadcast on Periscope, you have the ability to save the videos. Save these videos and upload them to your website or other social media platform such as YouTube.
There are many other things which all of us do daily to highlight our work and achievements.
I am sure that we can be convinced by now that we are all born to be an entrepreneur. Here is a final question to reaffirm this belief.
Am I creative enough to be an entrepreneur?
Creativity is important when venturing into entrepreneurship. But, relationships are key to building any business. This is especially true with entrepreneurship due to the individual personality you bring to your niche.
You will find that social interaction fosters creativity and innovation within its own community. Entrepreneurs want everyone to succeed and will usually help others find links to connections and resources. This is another trait which proves we are all born to be an entrepreneur.
Everyone is creative. What is important is to unlock the creativity. All entrepreneurs are oozing with confidence. They believe in their creative capabilities more than anything.
If the creativity is still kept indoors, it’s time to open up. It’s time to hit outdoors.
Unzip your creativity
Volunteer within your field of expertise to unlock the entrepreneur in yourself. Now, you may think you do not have time for volunteering due to your work commitments. Make time for volunteering. This is a great way to build professional connections and find out what your niche market truly needs and wants.
Build the community relationship through professional and informal connections. This helps in unlocking creativity.
Plus, volunteering is good for the heart, mind and soul. Volunteering teaches you compassion and reminds you that it is not always about the money. And, the bonus is that volunteering on a regular basis keeps you grounded.
There are many more ways to unlock creativity. Socializing, sports, competitions, brainstorming, Crossword or even playing with your kid. Modes and routes are endless. The creativity is within. All that is required now is the willingness to unlock it.
Remember, it is all about innovation and creativity rather than competition. Build your own brand and build relationships to be successful.
Here is an interesting definition of Creativity by Scott Adams as an ending note to the post and to a fresh start for those who now believe in the hypothesis that- ‘we are all born to be an entrepreneur’.
Hypothesis or fact. I will let the readers decide.
‘Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep.’ Scott Adams