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7 Signs You’re Destined To Be An Entrepreneur Even if You Don’t Feel You Are

7 Signs You’re Destined To Be An Entrepreneur Even if You Don’t Feel You Are

We’re all entrepreneurs these days, aren’t we? We constantly sell ourselves with our appearance, our social online skills, and by bargaining with our friends and coworkers over decisions. Even more so, the Shark Tank TV show and online crowd-funding are all the rage. Everyone wants to be his or her own boss and enjoy a life of freedom. However, not everyone shares the same qualities that true entrepreneurs possess.

What do they have, that most of us don’t? How do these entrepreneurs take on challenges and get closer to their dreams?

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1. They Are Highly Passionate

It all starts here. Passion is the engine that drives most entrepreneurs. If you can figure out the “why”, the “how” will naturally emerge. Dig deep and uncover your limiting beliefs towards success and also create a list of things you love to do. A limiting belief might be something like, “I need money to start a business”. No, you don’t. You only need passion to break through and wake up everyday feeling proud to do what you enjoy everyday — and maybe even change the world! Need some inspiration? Take a look at these billionaires who started with nothing.

2. They Are Incredibly Decisive

This is one of the most difficult to conquer. Well, for me at least. To be an effective entrepreneur, decisions need to be made quickly. Thinking on your feet will be required often. We can be ambivalent in certain situations, such as when hiring (or firing). Even seemingly simple decisions, like choosing the colors of a logo, can have so many options. Make a decision and move on. Entrepreneurs don’t look back and have the confidence to know that things will work out in some way or another. After studying 500 millionaires, it was found that decisiveness plays a very important role in accumulating wealth.

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3. They Are Always Growing

Growth is a critical component for all entrepreneurs. This doesn’t only apply to business. If you want to be successful at anything, it requires that you constantly evolve in all areas of your life. This includes setting clear boundaries with your friends and family as well. You might feel like they don’t understand you or think you’re crazy. Who cares! Let them think what they want. Some ways you can grow outside of the business environment will pay on-going dividends towards your goals, like living a healthy lifestyle and reading… a lot. I read a few books each month. Typically, I awake at around 5am each day just to squeeze in some extra reading. Keep growth in all areas of your life a top priority.

4. They Are Laser Focused

Whether you want to simply create a successful blog as your business, or start a new coffee shop, or you want to become a venture capitalist, you must be highly focused and specific in your direction. This doesn’t mean you can’t take on multiple projects. It just means that each project should have a definitive understanding of the competition and industry in that space, the target customer and demographic, and knowing the benefits the product or services will provide. This last one is key. Most people market the features of their offering instead of the benefits to the customer. Focus on benefits and you will be way ahead of your competition as a sure sign towards entrepreneurship.

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5. They Are Willing to Take Risks

I find that entrepreneurs are generally more open-minded in all areas of life. Taking risks is how we learn what works and what doesn’t, both professionally and in our personal lives. However, this should always come with a good amount of due diligence. Just like you wouldn’t jump out of an airplane without a parachute, it wouldn’t make sense to hire new staff or work with a vendor that you didn’t research thoroughly. In the beginning of a business, the risks are much higher and become more calculated as your entrepreneurial ventures grow. For example, when starting out, you will need to eventually risk that steady paycheck and have the confidence that your business will make it.

6. They Are Authentic

Some of the signs above might not completely describe or define you currently, and that’s okay. This sign is one that you’re much closer than you think to becoming an entrepreneur. Whether it’s in your body language, your personality, or how you speak, your authenticity needs to shine through. This will give you the freedom to follow your intuition and start the process of becoming an authentic entrepreneurial version of yourself. Your ambition will become contagious and people will become a magnet to your authentic self.

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7. They Are Always Setting New Goals

And finally, all entrepreneurs set goals. They set goals in health challenges, project deadlines, forecasting revenue projects, and where they want to be in 3 months, 1 year, and 5 years down the road. I feel that you absolutely must write down your goals if you want to achieve them. Heck, your goal setting might simply start by being more authentic and recognizing when energizes don’t align with you or your business model. Keeping your goals to yourself is another important sign that you’re on your way to becoming an entrepreneur.

Wrapping Up

These signs are important in defining if you’re destined to be an entrepreneur. I hope some of the tips and additional links I provided are helpful for you to explore and find the confidence to follow your dreams of freedom. So many people don’t feel they have what it takes and get trapped in self-defeat. Take the first step and start your journey.

Just by reading this post… you are destined for more.

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5 Signs You Work in a Toxic Environment (And What To Do)

5 Signs You Work in a Toxic Environment (And What To Do)

What’s the most draining, miserable job you’ve ever had? Maybe you had a supervisor with unrealistic demands about your work output and schedule. Or perhaps, you worked under a bullying boss who frequently lost his temper with you and your colleagues, creating a toxic work environment.

Chances are, though, your terrible job experience was more all-encompassing than a negative experience with just one person. That’s because, in general, toxicity at work breeds an entire culture. Research shows abusive behavior by leaders can and often quickly spread through an entire organization.[1]

Unfortunately, working in a toxic environment doesn’t just make it miserable to show up to the office (or a Zoom meeting). This type of culture can have lasting negative effects, taking a toll on mental and physical health and even affecting workers’ personal lives and relationships.[2]

While it’s often all-encompassing, toxic culture isn’t always as blatant or clear-cut as abuse. Some of the evidence is more subtle—but it still warrants concern and action.

Have a feeling that your workplace is a toxic environment? Here are 5 surefire signs to look for.

1. People Often Say (or Imply) “That’s Not My Job”

When I first launched my company, I had a very small team. And back then, we all wore a lot of hats, simply because we had to. My colleagues and I worked tirelessly together to build, troubleshoot, and market our product, and nobody complained (at least most of the time).

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Because we were all in it together, with the same shared vision in mind, cooperation mattered so much more than job titles. Unfortunately, it’s not always that way.

In some workplaces, people adhere to their job descriptions to a fault:

  • Need help with an accounting problem? Sorry, that’s not my job.
  • Oh, you spilled your coffee in the break room? Too bad, I’m working.
  • Can’t figure out the new software? Ask IT.

While everyone has their own skillset—and time is often at a premium—cooperation is important in any workplace. An “it’s not my job” attitude is a sign of a toxic environment because it’s inherently selfish. It implies “I only care about me and what I have to get done” and that people aren’t concerned about the collective good or overall vision.[3] That type of perspective is not only bound to drain individual relationships; it also drains overall morale and productivity.

2. There’s a Lack of Diversity

Diversity is a vital part of a healthy work environment. We need the opinions and ideas of people who don’t see the world like us to move ahead. So, when leaders don’t prioritize diversity—or worse, they actively avoid it—I’m always suspicious about their character and values.

Limiting your workforce to one type of person is bound to prevent organizations from growing healthily. But even if your work environment is diverse in general, the management might prevent diverse individuals from rising to leadership positions, which only misses the point of having a diverse work environment in the first place.

Look around you. Who’s in leadership at your company? Who gets promotions and rewards most often? If the same type of people gets ahead while other individuals consistently get left behind, you might be working in a toxic environment.

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However it manifests in your workplace, keep in mind that a lack of diversity is a tell-tale sign that “bias is rampant and the wrong things are valued.”[4]

3. Feedback Isn’t Allowed

Just as individual growth hinges on being open to criticism, an organization’s well-being depends on workers’ ability to air their concerns and ideas. If management actively stifles feedback from employees, you’re probably working in a toxic environment.

But that definitely doesn’t mean nobody will air their feelings. One of the telltale signs of toxic leadership is when employees vent on the sidelines, out of management’s earshot. When I worked in a toxic environment, coworkers would often complain about higher-ups and company policies during work in private chats or after work hours.

It’s normal to get frustrated at work. That’s just a part of having a job. What isn’t normal is when dissent isn’t a part of or discouraged in the workplace. A workplace culture that suppresses constructive feedback will not be successful in the long run. It’s a sign that leadership isn’t open to new ideas, and that they’re more concerned about their own well-being than the health of the organization as a whole.

4. Quantifiable Measures Take Priority

Sales numbers, timelines, bottom lines—these metrics are, of course, important signs of how things are going in any business. But great leaders know that true success isn’t always measurable or quantifiable. More meaningful factors like workplace satisfaction, teamwork, and personal growth all contribute to and sustain these metrics.

Numbers don’t always tell the whole story, and they shouldn’t be the only concern. Measure-taking should always take a backseat to meaning-making—working together to contribute to a vision that improves people’s lives. If your workplace zones in on quantifiable measures of success, it’s probably not prioritizing what truly matters. And it’s probably also instilling a fear of failure among employees, which paralyzes employees instead of motivating them.

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5. The Policies and Rules Are Inconsistent

Every organization has its own set of unique policies and procedures. But often, unhealthy workplaces have inconsistent, unspoken “rules” that apply differently to different people. When one person gets in trouble for the same type of behavior that promotes another person, workers will feel like management plays favorites—which isn’t just unethical but also a quick way to drain morale and fuel tension in the office.[5] It only shows how incompetent the leadership is and indicates a toxic workplace.

For example, maybe there’s no “set” rule about work hours, but your manager expects certain people or departments to show up at 8 am while other individuals tend to roll in at 9 or 10 am with no real consequences. If that’s the case, then it’s likely that your organization’s leadership is more concerned with controlling people and exerting power rather than the overall good of their employees.

How to Deal With a Toxic Work Environment

The first thing to know if you’re stuck in a toxic work environment is that you’re not stuck. While it’s ultimately the company’s responsibility to make positive changes that prevent harmful actions to employees, you also have an opportunity to speak up about your concerns—or, if necessary, depart the role altogether.

If you suspect that you’re working in a toxic environment, think about how you can advocate for yourself. Start by raising your grievances about the culture in an appropriate setting, like a scheduled, one-on-one meeting with your supervisor.

Can’t imagine sitting down with your supervisor to air those problems on your own? Form some solidarity with like-minded colleagues. Approaching management might feel less overwhelming when you have a “team” who shares your views.

It doesn’t have to be an overtly confrontational discussion. Do your best to frame your concerns in a positive way by sharing with your supervisor that you want to be more productive at work, but certain problems sometimes get in the way.

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Final Thoughts

If your supervisor truly cares about the well-being of the organization, they will take your concerns seriously and actively take part in changing the toxic work environment into something more conducive to productivity.

If not, then it might be time to consider the cost of the job on your well-being and personal life. Is it worth staying just for your resume’s sake? Or could you consider a “bridge” job that allows you to exhale for a bit, even if it doesn’t “move you ahead” the way you planned?

It might not be the ideal situation, but your mental health and well-being are too important to ignore. And when you have the opportunity to refuel, you’ll be a far more valuable asset at whatever amazing job you land next.

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