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How To Know If You Have Entrepreneurial Potential

I share 5 signs that show that perhaps you have entrepreneurial potential somewhere in you.

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Just recently I engaged in writing an article dedicated to FOMO (Fear Of Missing Out) and entrepreneurship. The main idea was that many people nowadays feel discomfort if they don’t try to start a career as entrepreneurs. Society tells us that being your own boss is a risk worth taking and so many individuals out there seriously doubt their own careers as employees and experts in a specific field.

But being worried and anxious is not a good thing, especially if you feel this way for the majority of the time.

That’s why I decided to dedicate today’s topic on 5 signs I believe anyone who has the entrepreneurial gene has in themselves. Who knows, perhaps from today on you’ll stop wondering what could it be — you’d either take action or decide entrepreneurship is not for you for good.

As a matter of fact, entrepreneurship has a lot to do with how you access life in general

A lot of people consider their professional life as something entirely separate from their personal life in terms of assessment, dedication, focus, and priorities. But if you come to think about it, we usually tend to behave not so different when at the office and when at home.

Whoever is an extroverted and dynamic individual in their spare time would most probably be exactly that in their career. Whoever tends to prefer quiet spaces and less communication would likely avoid corporations and executive jobs. If we focus on our personality traits, we’d be able to find out a lot about our career preferences as well.

With this being said, I honestly believe being an entrepreneur has a lot in common with how you assess life in your spare time. If you begin to pay close attention to how you behave in your day-to-day, you’ll have the chance to imagine yourself in the role of a CEO — in reality, this method is a quick and easy check with whether you should give up your career of an employee and pursue an entrepreneurial endeavor.

Because, initially, being an entrepreneur relies greatly on who you are as a person — the core reason behind this is this: When you own your own business, you deal with issues, obstacles, and ideas virtually the same way you deal with all those things in life in general.

If you find those 5 characteristics within yourself, you probably have the entrepreneurial gene

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So today’s article is actually dedicated to self-awareness. Yes, you guessed it right — that’s another interpersonal skill that would come in handy when you decide the time for an entrepreneurial career comes.

Being self-aware simply means having an in-depth understanding and knowledge of what core and what makes you tick, essentially. Nowadays many people tend to fool themselves by believing in having interpersonal traits that are simply not there. The other is also possible — diminishing your strengths to the point when you hardly resemble your true self in your own self-image.

But it’s important to be aware of who you really are, regardless of the fact whether you’d pursue an entrepreneurial career or not. Being your true self is the one successful formula that would certainly bring you peace and self-fulfillment.

Above I stated that there are some tell-tale signs that perhaps an entrepreneurial career won’t be a bad option for you. If you’re still wondering whether or not to pursue your very own business endeavor, keep on reading:

In case you have those traits in you, you should consider starting a side hustle:

  1. You’re decisive and able to stand your ground. In entrepreneurship, you will frequently have to make major decisions in terms of your company’s development. Sure, you may have advisors and excellent managers who you can always consult, but you’d have the final word. The majority of successful entrepreneurs are able to make quick decisions while also thinking things through. After that, it’s important for you to stick to your word and stand your ground.
  2. You’re a problem-solver. I cannot explain enough how often can things go downhill when in entrepreneurship. If you panic and freeze whenever an obstacle arises, then perhaps entrepreneurship is not your cup of tea. However, if you’ve always been able to find an easy and quick fix to virtually every issue or problem, owning your business would perhaps turn into smooth sailing. At least at some point, that is.
  3. You’re a risk-taker. I don’t think it’s really necessary to explain why this personal trait is pivotal for being an entrepreneur — the whole idea behind entrepreneurship is a risk! Sure, perhaps you’ve come up with a great business idea, followed by an even better business plan; probably you’ve managed to successfully research your target audience and perhaps you’ve established a dazzling marketing strategy — all this is great but it doesn’t remove the risk factor from the equation. Virtually anything can happen and not always you’d be in charge of all the changes. It all comes down to your attitude toward risk — if you are having the entrepreneurial gene, perhaps you’d see risk as an exciting endeavor that may teach you a lot.
  4. You’re curious by nature. Recently I read a book that dealt with our perception of intelligence — turns out the popular IQ tests fail to adequately measure someone’s intelligence and agility. One of the traits that are greatly linked to intelligence is indeed a curiosity. Someone who is curious is someone who will always be willing to learn and further improve their education. With more knowledge comes more experience — the more experienced a person is, the more successful each of their endeavors would be. Curiosity allows us to widen our horizons and that is crucial for entrepreneurship.
  5. You embrace failure. I don’t mean to sound too negative or catastrophic — hear me out. Failure in business happens. Especially if you are new at this. I’ve talked about failure before and probably I won’t get tired of repeating myself — it’s not failure we should dread; rather, it’s our reaction to it we should pay attention to. If you see failure as an opportunity to learn from your mistakes, you’ll probably make it the next time around. Failure gives us a perspective no success can give us — it enriches our experience and pushes us to try out different strategies.

To wrap things up

By all means, being an entrepreneur is a really exciting and enticing endeavor. Who knows, perhaps this is the path to your ultimate fulfillment? If you’ve ever wondered whether you should try establishing your own gig, I believe the above-mentioned interpersonal traits will give you a great idea of what entrepreneurship represents. This way you’d be more well-prepared when the proper time comes.

Hi, guys, I’m Ivan, and I’m here to share with all of you my passion for words, great content, entrepreneurship, personal development, management, hobbies, and everything in between.

I serve as the CEO of my WordPress Development Agency @ Vipe Studio, where I have the pleasure to lead a diverse, wonderful and energetic team of experts. Feel free to contact me anytime — I would love to exchange new ideas and inspire each other!

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Ivan Popov

Ivan Popov

i was once an athlete. then a journalist. now i am a ceo of vipe studio. still running marathons though.