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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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12 Practical Interview Skills to Help You Land Your Dream Job

12 Practical Interview Skills to Help You Land Your Dream Job

Today, with many companies going remote—at least until there’s a COVID-19 vaccine—technical proficiency is a vital skill for every interviewee to master. You may be asked to interview for a job on Zoom or Microsoft Teams. The way you handle yourself in the online interview (your interview skills) will say much about your ability to work from home efficiently.

Does your workspace look clean or cluttered? Is the area free from noise? Is your home office well lit?

Once hired, you may be asked to organize meetings on Zoom and other platforms. Along with mastering the technology, you will have to learn to follow certain protocols.

Now is the time to get up to speed on your technical skills. Learn which interview skills are needed for the particular job for which you are applying and practice them.

Online learning sites, such as LinkedIn Learning and Udemy, offer courses for free or a nominal membership fee. If you are a DIY type, make use of training videos offered through your particular digital tools.

Additionally, demonstrating that you have these 12 interview skills will help you land your dream job.

1. Organization

When you work in a brick-and-mortar office, some of the organizing is left to others. Your direct supervisor may host a Monday morning quarterback meeting where each worker reports on the progress on their tasks.

When you work from home, much of the organizing will be left up to you. To a much greater extent than before, you will need to develop a schedule and stick to it. Some tasks may be faster to complete from your home office where you don’t have other workers competing for your attention.

Conversely, you may find that some tasks that would have gone quickly in an office seem to take forever from your home computer. Your phone may ring a lot, which can distract you, or you may have kids and a spouse who inadvertently disrupt your schedule.

To do: Set a schedule and stick to it.

To discuss during your interview: Be specific. Point to the interview skill you utilized to create a schedule for a complex work project and followed it.

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2. Flexibility

You set a schedule for the completion of your tasks, but your prospective boss gets their work done between the hours of 2:00 and 8:00 a.m. Your West Coast partners are three hours behind your East Coast partners, and one of your partners lives in England while another lives in Australia.

Feedback and collaboration (see point 3) may need to happen asynchronously. Be the flexible candidate—the person who is willing to occasionally disrupt their schedule for the greater good of the team.

For extra credit: don’t just look up time zones, look up whether they observe Daylight Savings Time.

To do: Be flexible about meeting times.

To discuss during your interview: Highlight a time when you worked on a team where members lived in different time zones. Discuss your processes.

3. Collaboration

As recently as six months ago, before the pandemic raged around the world, collaboration wasn’t quite as essential as it is today. In a remote office setting, collaboration doesn’t just mean working well with others—but actually sharing documents and editing them online on time.

Several cloud-based tools, such as Google Drive, Basecamp, and Trello, enable the type of collaborative teamwork that most companies want today.

To do: Download the correct software and practice using it.

To discuss during your interview: Discuss how you worked remotely with a group. Share how you overcame certain challenges.

4. Poise

Murphy’s Law states, “Anything that can go wrong will go wrong.”

When things do go awry, keeping your wits about you will demonstrate your consummate professionalism under fire. This will show your future bosses that you will be able to work well under the pressures of remote work.

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What could go wrong, you ask? You might be muted without realizing it—your Internet connection may not be robust, your headphones may blip out, your cellphone may ring, Zoom could have an outage. The list goes on and on.

To do: Make sure you have the most up-to-date versions of Skype and Zoom uploaded.

To discuss during your interview: Consider highlighting a time when a project did not go as planned. Demonstrate the interview skills that allowed you to rise to the challenge.

5. Communication

Your ability to handle online communication is one of the top critical skills you will need to thrive in today’s remote workplace. Download Slack if you haven’t already. Get used to toggling to a different form of online communication if one of your tools fails.

When it comes to the preferred format for your online interview, demonstrate proficiency by offering several different options. Give your phone number, Google Chat Hangouts name, and Skype ID.

To do: Familiarize yourself with video conference and online chat tools, such as Slack, Fleep, or Workplace by Facebook.

To discuss during your interview: Be prepared to share the online communication tools you’re using and examples of how you use each one.

6. Good Computer Hygiene

Setting up a backup system for your computer files is one of today’s crucial requirements for working in the digital age. Storing documents that can be shared by team members is also an efficient way to work together on presentations, articles, and reports—although studies show nearly one-third of employees avoid them because of the time it takes to find documents.

Be prepared in your interview to indicate your experience utilizing this technology, describing how you organize and store files using cloud-based collaboration tools. How do you keep track of links and tabs? Do you use Dropbox? Google Docs? Confluence? Others?

To do: Take inventory of the cloud-based document sharing and storage systems you know and use.

To discuss during your interview: Describe the document sharing tools and backup systems you utilize—both for personal protection and professional file sharing.

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7. Proper Meeting Etiquette

Today, presenting yourself virtually has its pros and cons. While you only have to show a professional persona from the waist up (make sure to straighten up your office space behind you), you must boost your energy to show that you’re engaged in the discussion.

Make your voice as upbeat as possible. Have your talking points at the ready and be careful not to ramble on, as long virtual meetings easily become tiresome. Use the mute and chat features to avoid interruptions.

To do: Once you know the meeting platform, make sure you have it mastered before your interview.

To discuss during your interview: Offer to share your screen to show an example of a work project— while at the same time demonstrating your prowess with video conferencing tools.

8. Respecting Feedback

In the age of working remotely, there may not be as many systems in place to obtain feedback (such as yearly performance reviews). Workers may need to ask for feedback, while managers may need to give more feedback than usual as the team adjusts to working off-site. Respecting feedback is on top of the interview skills list that you should learn.

Taking a proactive approach with giving and receiving feedback and incorporating it into your work style is a desirable quality that your employers will note.

To do: Reflect on the positive feedback you’ve received from past employers to bolster your confidence.

To discuss during your interview: Share a time when you received feedback that made you grow in the job. If you’re a manager, share a time when you gave feedback to an employee who needed to better their job performance.

9. Project Management

Staying on task with projects has evolved far past a to-do list, with electronic tools that can track time, manage team workloads, and even do the client billing. While your prospective employer may have its preferred project management program, your experience with any of the various options—whether it’s Basecamp, Teamwork, Smartsheet, or another—will be applicable.

To do: Know which project management software is likely to be used by the industry in which you’re interviewing, and familiarize yourself with its features.

To discuss during your interview: Highlight a project management feature that is particularly useful in helping you excel in your work, and explain how you utilize it.

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10. Staying up to Speed

Employers expect their remote workers to be technically proficient so that technology runs smoothly and doesn’t create work disruptions. Bosses count on remote workers to know enough about their systems to manage them without relying on the help of overworked IT staff.

To do: Make sure you have a fast internet connection and have a back-up plan, such as a second computer or other tethered devices.

To discuss during your interview: Note that you are diligent about keeping your computer and software up to date.

11. Attention to Cybersecurity Issues

“Virus” is a loaded term these days. Spreading a computer virus in your company, however, will not only bring productivity to a halt, but it will also make you a pariah. While working from public places using free Wi-Fi (with uneven security provisions) has waned, in pre-pandemic times, coffee shops accounted for 62 percent of Wi-Fi security breaches.

To do: Keep antivirus software updated and don’t download software without verifying its authenticity.

To discuss during your interview: Emphasize your awareness of cybersecurity risks and your care in taking necessary safety measures.

12. Teamwork

Work relationships now mostly happen in virtual settings, yet employers value team-oriented workers.

Being a part of a team gives you a sense of connection and shared purpose. A well-honed team understands how mutual reliance makes the sum of its parts greater than when individuals act on their own, improving the end product.

To do: Take stock of your attributes as a team player and where you can cultivate skills that will enable you to work more collaboratively.

To discuss during your interview: Inquire about the company’s culture and how it encourages a sense of community despite working remotely.

Final Thoughts

Preparing for remote positions available in today’s job market will mean honing your interview skills to highlight your technical abilities as well as your adaptability. By adhering to these To-Do’s and perfecting your online interview skills and charisma, you will rise above the competition and win over any prospective employer.

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