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Were You Born an Entrepreneur?

Everyone wants to be successful in life, but not everyone has the ambition to become an entrepreneur. While a person’s goals and measure of success can be influenced by many factors, including their cultural surroundings and life experiences, most successful entrepreneurs exhibit traits that have been part of their identity since childhood.

Could this suggest that these individuals were perhaps born to become entrepreneurs?

Measuring success

Success means different things to different people. For some, success is graduating college, while for others, it’s finding a stable job and raising a family. While these are perfectly respectable definitions of success, they have finite criteria for measuring achievement.

This isn’t the way it works for most entrepreneurs. In fact, most don’t intentionally set out to become to become entrepreneurs. Instead, it just seems to happen as the fortunate result of their overall approach to life.

An entrepreneur from day one

From early on in life, most entrepreneurs exhibit certain behaviors that make them seem a bit different from their peers. Those that let these characteristics guide them through their life’s actions and decisions seem to be most successful.

  • Your mind is always spinning with new ideas.
  • You can’t sit still for very long
  • You can’t help seeing the weaknesses in others’ ideas.
  • You see the potential in every problem.
  • You’re always learning something new.
  • You disassemble everything to see how it works.
  • You never give up on things you believe in.
  • You love discipline and routine.
  • You like who you are as a person.
  • You inspire people.
  • You love a good challenge.
  • You’re not afraid to fail.
  • You’re not afraid to work hard.
  • You will talk to anyone you meet.
  • You’re good at persuading people.
  • You love being competitive.
  • You always make plans before taking any action.
  • You prefer logic over emotion.
  • You help people whenever you can.
  • You like telling stories.

While these traits are characteristic of many entrepreneurs, on their own they are not a guarantee of success. Truly successful business people regularly employ sound reasoning and good judgement in their day-to-day activities. They also focus on utilizing their own strengths by enlisting the help of others who are strong in areas they may not be (think team building). But most of all, they approach every aspect of their business with a genuinely positive attitude.

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