You currently work for a corporate job working 40+ hours per week. Every day that you go to your job you feel as if something is missing. You desire to do more with your life. Something that means something to you yet can help someone else. You have an idea to start a business and want to get started today. Do you just need to get a grip or could you possibly be an entrepreneur?
Here are just a few cues that you could be on your way to starting, running, and growing a business of your own.
Back In History
I am always being taken back by the memories of when I was younger, around 8 years old. The fond memories of being a pint-sized business-woman embrace my mind.
It all started with a piece of wood where I wrote 5 cent Kool-Aide, which is now saved in my dad’s garage. Anytime I saw a bundle of items, that was my cue to get outside and start selling. I got my hands on an entire stash full of little plastic flags on a stick that I would sell for 10 cents each.
One time my dad bought at lease 10 buckets of bubble gum that sat in the hallway of our house. I saw a plan and of course, dollar signs. At school, I was the one everyone knew had gum. I would buy a pack of chic gum for cheap and turn around and make a profit. I had to make sure that my teachers didn’t find out.
My favorite memory was in high school my classmates chose me to be in the debate against another classmate for president in my political science class. Who one? I did. I analyzed, I practiced, and I spoke. Look where it got me.
The memories just keep coming and that’s when I realized I was on to something. I thought to myself, “Could these small childhood memories mean something much bigger?”. I want to think that they do and if you have similar memories be sure to not let them get passed you. This could be the beginning stage of you being an entrepreneur at heart.
It Runs Through Your Veins
The crave for building a business has to come from somewhere. Over time I have begun to notice that I am following in some other’s footsteps. I look back and see the successful online movie store my dad started and grew. Then down the way I see my older brother working from home with his online business. My mom with her creative ideas always flowing allowing her to think up the next best thing. Even my younger brother with his drive to be a successful producer.
After seeing the continuous pattern across each of my family members I now see it making a bit more sense that I hold the same traits that make up an entrepreneur.
If you don’t know anyone who has owned a business or even wants to doesn’t mean you’re not cut out for it. You may just be the cream of the crop that gets it all started. Woohoo for you!
What are the traits?
Nothing is going to stop you. You may find yourself taking breaks at times to get re-energized and that’s okay. Even when you can’t see ahead you envision what the scenery will look like. Even when people tell you that you can’t, you put all of it on mute. You haven’t let anything stop you yet and you’re not going to let it start now. The only thing you’re focused on is moving forward.
The story I told above about winning class president is a perfect example of having the confidence to get the job done. I was told the topics to speak on and had the confidence to win the opposing side’s vote. It is times like these that help me to get back up when I start getting discouraged. Each time you see your confidence lead you to another payoff, you won’t want to let go of it.
- Desire to learn
Ever since I was little I think I drove people crazy as I was always full of questions as I am today. I need to ask questions in order to have a better understanding. Asking questions show your passion for learning. Learning is key to being an entrepreneur. As you start your business you won’t have all the answers and will have to do some research to find them. If you always had your hand up in class then I would have to say your standing out in the crowd.
I didn’t realize right away that I had this desire to start a business. Although, I knew that I didn’t want to be stuck at a 9-5 for the rest of my life. I felt as if there had to be a better way to live life and still be able to be financially stable. I still don’t have all the answers for having a business but know that I am heading in the right direction. You could be too.
Do you believe you’re on the road to entrepreneurship?