What Does It Take To Be An Entrepreneur?

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The question here is what does it take to be an entrepreneur, and what makes an entrepreneur an entrepreneur?

What traits or characteristics are inherent to a successful entrepreneur and are people ever born with these traits?

Well, here is great news!

Successful entrepreneurs are born every day!

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Some people believe an entrepreneur is born while others believe an entrepreneur can be taught.  Some also believe an entrepreneur is like an artist – either you have it or do you don’t.  

Some see entrepreneurs as leaders that are focused, disciplined, competitive, and charismatic, while others see them as huge risk takers. And all of these analogies are correct to some degree.

It’s true all successful entrepreneurs share a few qualities and skills that allow them to be successful. These inherent qualities can be taught, but they often seem to be an inherent driving force that sends individuals down the path of being in business or formal training for a career in business.

Characteristics Of Great Entrepreneurs

Entrepreneurs see the world differently. They have the ability to see the world as a system.  They have the ability to see something in its entirety and as an integrated unit, and they seem to possess the ability to see an opportunity within the global picture. They are what is called a system thinker.

There are other characteristics they possess. Entrepreneurs possess an overpowering need to achieve and tend to be very competitive against themselves. They are continuously trying to outthink themselves and others and they are constantly looking for the edge. This is a process that occurs as naturally as breathing and is a driving force behind most entrepreneurs.

They have the determination and dedication to follow through with commitments and they always appear confident and in control. You’ll notice they also possess a positive atmosphere. They are of the mindset “I can,” and “I will.” They are not afraid of failure because failure is not in their vocabulary nor is it an option.

They are objective but have the ability to weigh risks realistically within the big picture. They have an uncanny ability to anticipate developments which gives them the edge on many competitive situations. Entrepreneurs seem to feel right from their gut, call it instinct. They are a resourceful group that possess excellent problem-solving skills and are able to diligently work through obstacles as they occur.

Entrepreneurs are excellent communicators and recognize how important clear and concise communication is to their success. They also possess a sound working knowledge of the business they are involved in.

When it comes to successful entrepreneurs it’s a question of what came first, the chicken or the egg. Is it inherent qualities that we are born with that lead us to be entrepreneurs or is it when we choose to become an entrepreneur that we develop the skills and qualities of success? That’s a question we shall leave to the great debaters to resolve.

What is for certain is that successful entrepreneurs are born every day and that you too can be a successful entrepreneur by developing the skills of success.

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  1. Hello, Michel:), 

    I really did enjoy reading this post as it was insightful and honest. I used to believe that entrepreneurial spirits can only be inherent and you either had it or you do not. But I read an article on how the human mind can be trained to do anything and it conforms with your theory. 

    It all begins in the mind, changing the “I can’t” to “I can” and “I will”. It is amazing what we can accomplish if we put our minds to it.

    • You are so right about this. It is about our attitude to life and how badly we want to achieve something.

  2. Dear Michel,

    Thanks for the discussion on the entrepreneur. I always think that I am an entrepreneur, which is a combination of born and taught. As a successful entrepreneur, you are born with some special capacities and are taught with some special skills.

    I agree with you that the entrepreneur sees the world differently. They are system thinkers, constantly looking for ways to improve the system and create business opportunities.

    Among all the characteristics you described, which one is the most important for a successful entrepreneur in your opinion?



    • Thanks for stopping by Anthony. To me, it is a strong mindset and perseverance. When things go wrong, giving up is not an option.

  3. Thank you, Michel, for this post, 

    I have enjoyed reading it. I agree with you, entrepreneurs are rock solid! They are the ones that keep keeping on when the going gets tough. Entrepreneurs do not see it as impossible, it’s something to work hard on and conquer. They have the discipline, the patience and the perseverance to succeed. 

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