Successful start-ups come in all shapes and sizes, but there’s one thing they share in common: they have been created by genuinely gifted entrepreneurs. And while each founder will bring a different ethos to their company, there are many personality traits they share in common.
Wonder if you have entrepreneurial spirit? Here are 8 hallmarks of dynamic business people:
- You don’t take anything for granted
Most people thrive on the routine – slow burning job, structured daily schedule, familiar tasks. Not you. You’re more likely to be found trying to improve processes and shake things up, so no two days are the same.
- You’re extremely confident
If you don’t believe in yourself, who will? One thing that entrepreneurs have in common is infectious optimism and enthusiasm for ideas, which – even if it takes some persuading – will always rub off on those around you.
- You make a terrible employee
It’s amazing how many of the world’s billionaire businesspeople either left school with very few qualifications or were fired from a string of early jobs. Entrepreneurs dislike authority and being told to do things using other people’s methods. After all, why should you stick to the same methods as everyone else, when you can see a better way to work?
- You’re a workaholic
Even if you aren’t adept at working for others, it doesn’t mean you’re workshy. Entrepreneurs are passionate about bringing concepts to life, and that doesn’t come without hours and hours of hard graft – often with little financial reward, to begin with. You’re spurred on by the pay off at the end: that your business will take off.
- Everything’s an opportunity
Most of us are inspired by the world around us – music, art, architecture. However, even the smallest gesture can light the touch paper and set your brain into overdrive. In fact, it will be so obvious to you that you probably wonder why others didn’t think of it first!
- You bend the rules
It’s not just authority that you dislike, it’s any sort of structure that might constrain your creativity. This doesn’t mean you’re likely to operate outside the law, but you might be economical with the truth on occasion to get the desired result.
- You’re slightly off the wall
Some of the most legendary entrepreneurs are great eccentrics. Being true to your personality, however zany, is fundamental to your DNA – and it’s the thing that will get you recognized and remembered by others.
- You’re surrounded by supportive people
Even if the wider world thinks you’re crazy, your closest friends and family have absolute faith in your vision and believe you’ll go on to great success. These are the people who know you best, and whose opinions are the only ones that count.
As you’re so busy working towards your dream, you’re unlikely to spend your limited leisure hours with time wasters. You want to be around people that inspire and energize you, and motivate you to make your venture succeed.