Are you thinking that it would be great to work for yourself? As an entrepreneur, do you feel that you may have more choices and the opportunity to "get rich"? How many times have you looked in the mirror and said: “It’s time to say goodbye to the boss”?
While you may have a great talent and/or the idea of the century, there is more to being successful as an entrepreneur. There is a mindset, some call it a personality, and I would call it Entrepreneurial Savvy.
Most entrepreneurs have good energy, are persistent and no doubt create resources where there seem to be none available. Creative problem solving is included in their arsenal along with the ability to make decisions. I often refer to them as being “M.A.D.” (M.A.D. = Making A Decision). Many times you will see entrepreneurs who have a great ability to motivate, persuade and inspire others, which are all aspects of a good leader.
These are all learned skills and with study and practice your abilities will grow. For those areas you are still lacking in, adding to your team by hiring those with just the right skill sets can fill the need.
How many times have you seen hype about “Secrets to Success”? If you are a small business owner, there are no real “secrets to success”. You wear many hats and have thoughts about whether you were meant for such a thing.
Hats an entrepreneur wears can include:
Project Planning Management
The Entrepreneur Savvy Test:
|Your Answer:||Question to Ponder:||Choose from:|
|1. When making a decision:||
a. The bottom line is first considered in all my decisions.
b. How others involved will be affected is my first consideration.
|2. How would you describe your desire to develop relationships with new people:||
a. Enjoyable! Meeting new people and developing new relationships is great!
b. I'll do it if I have to but would prefer not. Meeting new people is not comfortable for me.
|3. What is your talent:||
a. Analyzing the current situation.
b. Reviewing all the possibilities.
4. Selling products, ideas and yourself:
a. The challenge is welcome.
b. Uncomfortable and would prefer to avoid.
|5. Day-to-day administrative activities:||
a. Details & organization are strengths.
b. Staying focused is difficult.
6. When is the time you get the most enthusiastic:
a. Planning and completing a project.
b. Conceiving the idea for a project.
7. It is time to write a business plan:
a. Planning how and where to begin is your next step.
b. Time to find something else to do.
|8. When there are bumps in the road and the plan fails:||
a. You are thrown off and pause.
b. You adapt, change and continue.
9. Preferred working environments are:
a. One which is very active, a place where interaction with others happens regularly.
b. Very peaceful and quiet, a place where it is easy to focus on work.
|10. The most comfortable situation for you is:||
b. Before a decision is made, you prefer to keep an open mind about the possibilities.
|"Whatever it takes, that's what I do." David R. Mellor (1963 - ) American groundskeeper, Director of Grounds, Fenway Park Results|
Entrepreneur Savvy Test Results:
First, you must know that your answers are neither right nor wrong. As we have already reviewed, the hype of “Secret to Success” is not truly a secret.
If you chose mostly ‘a’:
If you chose mostly ‘b’:
The decision about starting your own business is definitely best left to you. A few factors affecting your decision are your goals, skill & knowledge, and financial resources.
|“If you are going through hell, keep going." Sir Winston Churchill (1874–1965) English statesman|