Many historians look at America and describe an entrepreneurial spirit among the people. People throughout American history have attempted things that people from other lands would not or could not try. Frederick Jackson Turner spoke of the power that the frontier had on the psyche of people as they moved westward. They had no one to rely on but themselves.
Some commentators today act as though the entrepreneurial spirit is dying among Americans. They point to social welfare systems and complacency with abundance as a couple of problems that have led to the demise of the entrepreneur. Is this an accurate assessment of American society? Are there still those who have what it takes to be innovative and change the way people live?
Perhaps there is yet a better question. Do you have what it takes to be an entrepreneur? Do you have an entrepreneurial spirit? Here are a few ways to figure out if you have what it takes to join the ranks of the Thomas Edisons, the Henry Fords and the Bill Gateses of the world.
If you enjoy taking financial risks, you might have what it takes to be an entrepreneur.
Most people are afraid to take risks. This fear is frequently enhanced when it comes to financial decisions.
People who will get drunk and wake up next to someone they don’t know would be under the classification of someone who is engaging in risky behavior. Still others will think nothing of plunking down $100 on a blackjack table or the lottery.
The same person who seems so risky when “having fun” will often avoid setting up an account for selling items online or starting a website like the plague. Which scenario is likely to work out in the long run?
Talented people can make a start-up work. Few can make the other two situations work out.
If you enjoy working toward a goal, you might have what it takes to be an entrepreneur.
Many people think that they work hard. They put in their 35-40 hours a week at work. Then they go home and vegetate in front of the television for the next six hours until it is time for bed. Then they get up the next day and start the same routine again.
They frequently hate their jobs and hate their bosses, but do relatively little to change their situation. Entrepreneurs may quit their job on a moment’s notice and start a business. More frequently, however, they will work after their workday on their idea or their passion to make it work. Which group do you find yourself in?
If you don’t really fear failing, you might have what it takes to be an entrepreneur.
How many times did Thomas Edison fail at making an incandescent light bulb? He said he found 2,000 ways not to make a light bulb.
It only took one success to make him world famous. How many times do great authors get rejected before landing a book deal?
Most everyone has heard the wise saying of “if at first you don’t succeed, try, try again.” If you have an entrepreneurial spirit, you take this statement to heart. Those who are not entrepreneurial are usually afraid to even try in the first place.
These are three ways that you can tell if you have an entrepreneurial spirit. Entrepreneurs are prepared to try. They are prepared to undertake personal development. More importantly, they are prepared to fail with the hope that they will eventually succeed.
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