Are You a Natural Entrepreneur

An entrepreneur naturally looks for new connections, different ways to do things, and is always walking to the beat of their own personal drummer. Some entrepreneurs go into business for themselves. And others don’t. There is more to being in business for yourself than the idea. YOU are the major factor in creating your own online business. What qualities of the natural entrepreneur do you need in order to create a viable internet business?


The Natural Entrepreneur is Passionate

The whole point of being in business for yourself is to be able to follow your passion, wherever it leads you – to take your dreams and bring them into reality. So don’t choose an idea because it might make you money, choose it because you HAVE to do it, you NEED to do it, you WANT to make a difference the lives of the people you will serve.

The Natural Entrepreneur is Flexible

Entrepreneur Magazine says 2010 will be the year of the entrepreneur because unlike a large company we are fluid and flexible and can respond quickly. Are you flexible? Can you change directions easily? I sometimes get going so thoroughly in one direction that to turn me is like stopping a freight train. I could handle that better if I would periodically stop and question my direction along the way to see how things are working. If I still want to go in that direction – great. If it needs tweaking – tweak. If it needs to be abandoned have the courage to drop it.

So flexibility is a necessary quality. The ability to change direction, to toss out something that isn’t working and expand on something that is. To respond quickly, to know you own mind, to make decisions quickly and surely, and be prepared to change direction if you chose wrong.

The Natural Entrepreneur is Creative

Having an idea is creative. Bringing that idea into form is an art. It is about the ability to look for new ways to do something, new applications, new insights, and new approaches. There is a constant questioning quality here, of choosing everything with fresh eyes. The natural entrepreneur sees connections that others don’t and sees possibilities where none seem to be. He/she is flooded with ideas and has to work at choosing the best ones. Managing ideas and shaping them into form is very creative, whether they turn out to be organized ideas on a page or a gizmo that makes something work better. Ideas are the gift of possibility.


The Natural Entrepreneur is Independent Ryan Kavanaugh

The natural entrepreneur has a willingness to be different, to stand apart from others, to stand alone if necessary. The entrepreneur is seldom part of a herd – unless maybe it’s a herd of other entrepreneurs and then that’s like trying to herd cats. There is a bit of bravery involved here, to be willing to go it alone, or do it your way when no one else seems to be going in that direction. It can be a bit lonely, but with every step you stay true to yourself and follow your own passion, your own dreams and your own intuition.

The natural entrepreneur can manage criticism – if it is good they will absorb it and implement it. If it is not they will ignore it. They stay true to their vision while being open to change.


The Natural Entrepreneur is a Visionary

A visionary sees potential, explores possibilities, and always presses against their own boundaries. Seth Godin in Lynchpin suggested that working “outside the box” was not what we wanted to do because we are all alone out there. He thinks we should always work along the edges of the box – pushing those boundaries further and further out to expand the entire contents of the box – which includes everyone.

However, when we let our vision stay too close to what we know on the physical plane, we naturally accept the limitations of the physical plane. When we actually sit down to vision, we must allow ourselves to wander in the field of infinite possibilities and allow the connection to the earth-plane limitations to break so we can really go exploring into new territory.

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