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There are some people, like Elon Musk and Steve Jobs, who seem to have been brought into this world for one thing: to build revolutionary businesses by challenging the status quo. There is no doubt that they and the few who function at their level or at their level are unique.
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Although the everyday entrepreneur is not likely to have brain wiring similar to Musk or Jobs, that does not mean that he cannot be a successful business owner. We know that entrepreneurship is not for everyone, but there are personality traits that, if you have them, will put you on the right path to achieving your dreams.
1. Take abstract thoughts and make them linear
It seems like everyone has an idea that they think is the next big thing, but very few of these people have ever taken the action necessary to execute it. Those who often struggle while their ideas die of a slow and painful death. The problem here is that you have to be able to take your idea and visualize the whole process, from creation to sale and beyond, in order to have a real chance to execute it effectively.
2. Don’t bask in failure, but learn from it
If you are the type of person who is afraid of failure, entrepreneurship is not for you. The reality is that you are going to fail a lot, but you have to be able to think of these failures as learning experiences and without emotion so that you can correct them, execute and move on.
3. Talk less and do more
As indicated in the last point, everyone has ideas but very few people execute them. Even if they have the ability to create linear paths with abstract ideas, it is shocking to see how often you hear about an idea from a colleague who never moves. Successful entrepreneurs speak less and do more.
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4. Works better under stress
Startups are a real problem. If you are one of those people who cannot function well under stress when the stakes are high, you will most likely fail. You have to be comfortable being a bit out of control as there is no manual for a startup – most of what you are going to do is learned along the way and will not be part of your plan . If, however, you are one of the few whose performance really increases under stressful conditions, you will be well suited to the lifestyle of startups.
5. Take risks at ease
Startups are riddled with risks. The reality is that you will earn little or no income for a while. Sure, there are ways to complement this, such as keeping your corporate gig while you’re in the start-up or pre-income phase, but at some point you’ll have to take a jump in the income cliff. and work for free.
Obviously, the plan is that you will take the risk in exchange for a higher potential gain down the road, but if you’re not comfortable getting away from your job and your salary, entrepreneurship is definitely not for you.
6. Enjoy and excel in puzzles
Starting and developing a new business is almost exactly like a giant puzzle. You have to have the mindset that every decision on technology, verbiage, imagery or sales is part of a very complex puzzle, where the results are greatly affected by the decisions you make about how you want your puzzle fits together.
If you are one of those people who thoroughly appreciate complicated situations and can step back to look at them without emotion, while paying attention to the unintended consequences, you will love being an entrepreneur.
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