We live in a society obsessed with stereotypes. Hence, this society loves to confine everything within a certain “definition.” If someone does not perfectly fit within their bounds then unfortunately they are not taken seriously.
Entrepreneurship is no different; if you happen to be a college dropout with an idea for the next Uber or Facebook jotted down on a napkin; it becomes somewhat easier for people to accept you as an entrepreneur. But it is a different story if you’re a stay-at-home mom harboring a dream to make her mark.
So the question is; is it an absolute must to fall within a certain definition or to have a certain “personality” to become a successful entrepreneur? In a word; no. Sure it helps if you were always the first neighborhood kid to set up a lemonade stand come summer but it shouldn’t be a barrier that keeps you from opening that boutique coffee shop you’ve always dreamed of.
At its core, successful entrepreneurship is a combination of certain traits that are cultivated consistently. More importantly, anyone can develop these traits and become a decent hustler, including YOU. Here’s a closer look at a few of these traits.
If you take any field; sports, science or business, and study the top 5%, you’d see most of these individuals have one thing in common and that is extraordinary love for what they do. It is their reason to wake up every morning. Steve Jobs wouldn’t be Steve Jobs without his extreme passion for computers.
Remember that coffee shop we talked about? If thinking about coffee beans does indeed light a fire in your belly, maybe it’s time you took a leap of faith.
Grit & Resilience
Let’s be honest here; starting a business from scratch and growing it into a successful enterprise won’t be a stroll in a park. You’d have more than your fair share of frustrations and sleepless nights. Entrepreneurship kind of punches you in the face when you least expect it.
You may not be a Type-A personality or the most extrovert of the lot but if you’re willing to take a beating after beating and are strong enough to shut out that voice in the back of your mind that tells you “maybe it’s not for me”, then you’ve already won half the entrepreneurial battle.
So true are these words from Churchill; “Success is the ability to go from one failure to another with no loss of enthusiasm.”
Forrest Gump took life as a box of chocolates that’s full of surprises. Entrepreneurship is no different; you’ll be dealing with quite a bit of unpredictability. There will be times when you’ll have to pivot.
And over time your idea and business will (and should) evolve with the current business landscape and you’d have to keep your ear to the ground. One of the biggest reasons businesses fail is that they’re so captivated by they what “they believe should work” that they fail to see the writing on the wall.
So if you’re able to keep set your ego aside and are willing to combine prudence and business practicality with your passion then it will play a huge role in transforming you in a successful business owner regardless of your personality.