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7 Reasons Being an Entrepreneur a Great Life Decision

7 Reasons Being an Entrepreneur a Great Life Decision

When most people come to the realization that their decision to become an entrepreneur is a life-long decision, they’re almost instantly confronted with the feeling of fear and uncertainty. While being an entrepreneur isn’t a smooth journey, life isn’t either. But if you’re out there wondering if your decision to own your business and leave your 9-5 day job behind is the right decision, I want to assure you that you’re on track to make the best decision of your life.

Have you ever wondered what life as an entrepreneur feels like? Well, the following feeling is what you get as an entrepreneur.

1. You’ll get to live the life of your dreams

Not everyone gets to live their dream lifestyle, and certainly not a majority of people that work 9-5 jobs. Many people have had tough economic times and wrong executive decisions cut their dreams short. Being an entrepreneur puts you on path to live the life of your dreams.

What most people like to associate with entrepreneurship is hard work, sleepless nights, and worries over whether they are making the right decisions or not. However, many fail to see the beautiful side of being an entrepreneur. Entrepreneurs like Sir Richard Branson, Neil Patel, Tim Sykes make good efforts to show the beautiful sides of entrepreneurship.

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By following the path of entrepreneurship, you’ll get to live the life of your dreams once success comes your way.

2. People Will Respect You

In the world where a larger percentage of its population are uncertain of what the future holds, a young person who has made the decision to take his/her own world into their hands sure gets a lot of respect from people. My friend, Olawale Daniel of Techatlast.com recently told me how so many people were asking him to sign autographs when they learned he runs his own business. This is the “cool guy/gal” atmosphere you carry around as an entrepreneur.

Your parents and siblings will have even higher level of respect for you the moment you make the big announcement that you’re going to start your own business.

3. You’ll Learn More about Money than Your Friends Would

One thing entrepreneurs learn very quickly is how money works. Someone working in a 9-5 job may not need to bother to learn about how money functions because they practically have everything handed to them. As an entrepreneur, you will learn, firsthand, that without money life can be tough.

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Young entrepreneurs like myself may find it hard to control how money goes out of their pocket, but, trust me, with a couple of hard knocks from the real world, you’ll quickly learn to keep your wallet closed tightly.

4. You Will Be In Control of Your Financial Life

A higher percentage of the problems we encounter in life are money-related. When you’re working for someone, they control your financial life. You only get paid when they decide you will. Should they mismanage the company’s funds, you may not get paid for what you’ve worked for.

Being in control of your financial life is such a beautiful thing. There are dozens,even hundreds, of books on financial management, but you’ll never get a practical experience of full financial control without running your own business.

5. You’ll Get to Know Most of Your Dream Businessmen and Women

As kids, we grow up admiring certain people. For most people they are athletes, movie stars, and authors while for others they are successful business people and politicians. The chance of meeting these people and interacting with them in the real world is just as slim as winning a lottery ticket.

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An opportunity to meet and even work with one or more of the people you admire growing up is one of the life perks entrepreneurship brings you. In 2014, Richard Branson gave several young inventors and entrepreneurs the opportunity to meet with him one-on-one and share their ideas with him.

So many successful business people, athletes, and movie stars love to interact with young entrepreneurs. Just don’t forget — once you have hit the big time, give back to the kids that look up to you.

6. You’ll Live a Life Full of Courage

If there’s one thing entrepreneurs are not, it is being a coward. Entrepreneurship will help you develop self confidence and a great sense of courage. Deciding to take your career into your own hands by starting on your own business sure takes a very great amount of courage.

So when you want to think about some other life benefits of being an entrepreneur, being courageous should count as part of it.

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7. You Get to Shape Other People’s Career

How often do you get to feel the sense of responsibility when others are involved, especially when it has to deal with their career? As an entrepreneur, you get to hire people to work for you and your business. This gives you a rare opportunity to help build people’s careers.

When you wake up every morning, remembering that a family is able to feed itself and live the life of their dream is all because of you makes you feel fulfilled.

So when you think about the decision to become an entrepreneur, think of it as your life’s best decision.

Featured photo credit: Liqueur Felix via flickr.com

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Last Updated on October 18, 2018

10 Key Characteristics of a Highly Successful Entrepreneur

10 Key Characteristics of a Highly Successful Entrepreneur

When it comes to starting your own business and pursuing your dream of becoming an entrepreneur, it can be advantageous to go all in and embrace the flexibility of finally quitting your day job.

Keep in mind, though, that it takes a special kind of person to take the business world by storm: a person who has cultivated the key characteristics of entrepreneurial success.

People with these characteristics are likely to succeed, whereas people without them have difficulty moving forward with even the most brilliant business ideas.

These characteristics of an entrepreneur are so important that I’ve decided to cover all 10 of them in detail so that you can start your business with your best foot forward.

1. Successful Entrepreneurs Practice Discipline

Plenty of business experts claim that you can’t get anywhere as an entrepreneur without vision or creativity, but that’s simply not the truth. Instead, the one quality that no entrepreneur can be successful without is discipline.

To build an idea into a business, you have to have the discipline to spend time slogging through the least fun parts of running a business (like the bookkeeping), rather than taking that time to do something fun.

Andrew Carnegie, one of the most financially successful Americans of all time, grew up working dull and difficult jobs in factories. Despite going to bed hungry some nights, he continued doing his best work. He was eventually hired by a railroad company and continued to move up the ladder until starting his own successful businesses. Carnegie is a fine example of an entrepreneur dedicated to discipline and hard work. He truly earned his dreams of prosperity and success.

When you’re the boss, there’s no one to keep you at work except yourself — and there’s no short-term consequences for skipping out early.

Sure, if an entrepreneur plays hooky enough he knows that the business just won’t happen, but it’s very hard to convince someone that ‘just this once’ won’t hurt (and to keep ‘just this once’ from becoming a daily occurrence).

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2. Successful Entrepreneurs Keep Calm

Things go wrong when you run your own business.

Most entrepreneurs go through crises with their businesses — and more than a few wind up with outright failures on their hands. But when you’re responsible for a business, you have to be able to keep calm in any situation. Any other reaction — whether you lose your temper or get flustered — compounds the problem.

Instead, a good entrepreneur must have the ability to keep his cool in an emergency or crisis. It may not make the problem easier to solve, but it certainly won’t make it harder.

Honestly, losing your calm is a quick path to becoming the kind of person who gives up in the face of adversity. Instead giving in to frustration, remember classic entrepreneur Benjamin Franklin.

Franklin kept his calm as he experimented and tweaked his inventions again and again in pursuit of success. He didn’t give up during his many failures – he chose to innovate. You can choose innovation, too.

If an entrepreneur can handle failure without frustration or anger, s/he can move past it to find success.

3. Successful Entrepreneurs Pay Attention to Details

Restricting your attention to the big picture can be even more problematic than ‘sweating the small stuff.’

As an entrepreneur, unless venture capital has magically dropped out of the sky, a small expense can be a killer. It’s attention to detail that can make a small business successful when it has competition and it’s attention to detail that can keep costs down.

Attention to detail can be difficult to maintain — going over ledgers can be tedious even when you aren’t trying to pay close attention — but keeping your eye on a long-term vision is just asking for a problem to sneak in under a radar.

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After a business grows, an entrepreneur might be able to hire someone to worry about the details. In the beginning, though, only one person can take responsibility for the details.

Skeptical about the importance of details? Look no further than Howard Schultz, who grew a small coffee shop called Starbucks into one of the most globally successful coffee businesses in the world through his extreme attention to detail.

He is famous for taking all aspects of growing a business into account, paying attention not only to financially smart business decisions, but also focusing on socially responsible business decisions. Details can take you far.

4. Successful Entrepreneurs Embrace Risks

No entrepreneur has a sure thing, no matter how much money s/he stands to earn on a given product. Even if a product tests well, the market can change, the warehouse can burn down and a whole slew of other misfortune can befall a small business.

It’s absolutely risky to run a business of your own and while you can get some insurance, it’s not like most investment options. Even worse, if something does go wrong, it’s the entrepreneur’s responsibility — no matter the actual cause. In order to deal with all of that without developing an ulcer, you have to have a good tolerance for risk.

You don’t need to channel your inner frat boy and take on absolutely stupid risks, but you need to know just how much you can afford to risk — and get a good idea of how likely you are to lose it. If the numbers make you uncomfortable, the risk is too great.

Embracing risks is essential for growth and additional success, as well. Walt Disney, for example, could have stayed comfortable with his advances in the film and animation industries, but decided to expand his brand with a new dream: a theme park that soared above the competition. Without taking this risk, the incredibly successful Disney theme park empire would never have come about.

An entrepreneur has to be willing to accept pretty big risks, with some level of comfort.

5. Successful Entrepreneurs are Balanced

You can take any characteristic too far. There’s a point at which attention to detail can become obsession or calm can become unemotional response.

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As an entrepreneur, you have to be able to balance your characteristics, getting the most of them without going over the edge. But balance for an entrepreneur goes far beyond keeping your characteristics in check, though.

Just as an entrepreneur doesn’t have a boss to keep them at work when necessary, they don’t have one to send them home when they’re done. If you are working for yourself, you have to decide how to balance your work and home life — and if you have a day job to add into the equation, balance just gets more complicated.

Oprah Winfrey, one of the most successful and influential entrepreneurs out there, understands the importance of balance. Winfrey has a lot going on; she runs her own media kingdom, acts, produces films, publishes print, and more. In an interview with Fast Company,[1] she talks about her efforts to balance priorities and self care, saying that she must ask herself what is truly important in each limited day.

You may or may not have as much on your plate as Oprah, but learning how to balance whatever you have going on in life will certainly help you farther along down the road as you learn to be a great entrepreneur.

6. Successful Entrepreneurs are Passionate and Motivated

In order to develop any of the above characteristics, you must have a foundation of passion. Staying disciplined day after day during the building of your business takes unrivaled motivation.

Before you start any business, ask yourself if you can sustain true excitement about your idea during even the darkest days ahead of you. If the answer is yes, then good for you! Nurture your natural motivation by taking these action steps throughout your business journey:

  • Commit to making short and long-term goals. Check in with them often to stay on task.
  • Have a plan in place for the inevitable days when you feel discouraged. Make a list of things that will help keep you motivated and focused.
  • Share your ideas with trusted individuals who are just as excited as you are. They will help keep your enthusiasm rolling even when you are feeling down.

By being prepared for apathetic days and holding fast to your authentic passion, you can actually enjoy your journey to success.

7. Successful Entrepreneurs Adapt

Remember this one word: flexibility. Seasoned entrepreneurs know that change is not only a part of life, but also a part of the business world. Expect change and choose to adapt.

As a new entrepreneur, it will be tempting to cling to your original business plan with no exceptions, even if you notice it isn’t working. Good entrepreneurs know that it’s okay to make smart, informed changes in order to ensure efficiency.

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8. Successful Entrepreneurs are Marketing and Sales Experts

No matter what kind of business you are starting, a knowledge of marketing and sales will save you many headaches. A passion for creating a beautiful handmade lifestyle product is not enough to run a successful lifestyle brand; it is critical that you understand key business principles in addition to your natural skills or great product line.

Not sure how to start? Taking business courses is a great idea, but you can also easily brush up on sales and marketing through free online resources. Check out these 10 Sales Skills Everyone Should Master To Be Successful to begin now.

9. Successful Entrepreneurs Have Strong Money Management

Along with sales and marketing skills, money management is a very useful tool in the box of the entrepreneur. Understanding how to best manage your money can be the difference between early success and early failure in the business world.

If money management isn’t your strongest skill, prepare to hire a financial expert to help you with any tricky business that comes up. Financial guidance and knowledge is never a bad idea.

10. Successful Entrepreneurs Ask Questions and Continually Improve

Pride is a natural human quality, but it’s important to humbly conduct some constructive criticism every now and again on both yourself as a leader and your new business as a whole.

Assess how things are going and be willing to make positive changes if necessary. Here’re 15 ways to cultivate lifelong learning.

If you are always improving, then how can you ultimately fail?

The Bottom Line

Let me remind you of one important fact: the qualities of an entrepreneur listed here are not exclusively available to some people and elusive to others.

Although some people may have natural strengths and weaknesses, these qualities can be learned by anyone interested in taking up the entrepreneurial challenge. It might not be easy to change old habits, but it is absolutely possible to cultivate these characteristics in yourself.

Whether you’re a business owner or an aspiring entrepreneur, with hard work, you can train yourself to develop the qualities that truly determine the entrepreneurial spirit and future success.

Featured photo credit: Unsplash via unsplash.com

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