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7 Traits Separating an Entrepreneur from a Wantrepreneur

7 Traits Separating an Entrepreneur from a Wantrepreneur

Most of you say you’re an entrepreneur, or planning to become an entrepreneur, but are you really who you think you are?

Most of the people don’t want to be an entrepreneur, they just kinda-want it. They put half-hearted efforts into their business and are not really passionate. Also, in most cases, they do it because these days society has created a notion that ‘entrepreneurship is cool’.

Well, sorry to disappoint, but that’s so not the case. If you’re anything like what I mentioned above, you’re a wantrepreneur. What that means is you just want to be an entrepreneur but don’t have the following traits that separate a wanna-be from the real thing.

An Absolute Purpose

Real entrepreneurs have a purpose embedded deep within themselves which holds greater importance to them than anything else. They’re willing to sacrifice anything at all. Unlike, wantrepreneurs who have no purpose and give up easily on themselves, no storm is strong enough to waver them from their path.

Elon Musk’s purpose is to increase the human life span. A purpose so strong is what keeps this man’s drive alive allowing him to hustle all out 80-100 hours a week.

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Remember this: Motivation is doomed to exhaust sooner or later. Purpose is what keeps one going.

Focus On Opportunities Not The Risk

Unlike wantrepreneurs, who usually tend to avoid things because ‘it’s risky’ and ‘unpredictable’; entrepreneurs have the courage to take the plunge. They’re not afraid of new opportunities and are willing to risk almost anything regardless of how irrational it may seem to anyone else.

They don’t skip or intentionally overlook opportunities just because their hands will get dirty. An entrepreneur just believes in themselves and takes the plunge. If it resonates with an entrepreneur — it has to be done.

Sense of Urgency

Entrepreneurs have this unfathomable sense of urgency that makes them unstoppable and many times apparently unreasonable. They have a drive to do stuff. Wantreprenuers plan on doing things, umm.. later? Don’t stay stuck in the idea stage. If you wait until the right time, you’re a wantrepreneur. By the time you’re ‘ready’ the market is out there already on fire and entrepreneurs who took action when you were planning are leveraging it.

The richest place on Earth is the graveyard, because in the graveyard you’ll find ideas that never became reality. Be impatient. If you think something can be done, just do it. You’re not the only one, believe me.

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Sleep is for Suckers

They don’t care if they’ve to run short of some sleep for a day, week, month, or even year. They know, their dream is more important and they cannot afford to waste their time dreaming when they can just get up and make it a reality.

Thomas Edison slept only for 3 hours and his success is evident. He had more hours than any average purpose to go after his goals. You don’t have to be that extreme. Plan for yourself and see if you can manage well with less sleep. Try to push yourself.

When the situation demands it make sure you don’t fall short of the necessary hours. This doesn’t mean you don’t prioritize the time your body needs to recuperate but never lose on an opportunity because you choose to hit that snooze button.

They Know Nothing

Socrates said, “I know that I am intelligent, because I know that I know nothing.”  The wisest people know they know nothing. Unfortunately, a wantrepreneur is complacent and believes that they know ‘enough’. The very day you believe that you know enough, you’ll inevitably fail.

Warren Buffett, one of the greatest investors this world has ever seen, spends 80% of his working time reading. Now, pause and reflect. What is that something this 85 year old legend doesn’t know?

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Read books, attend seminars, go to workshops — just continue to learn.

They Don’t Give Their Best

What I mean is, they don’t believe “I’ll just give my best; it’s cool if it works out” or “I’ll try”. That’s a big no-no. They haven’t taken the entrepreneurial path to foster their ego and boast on social media like a wantrepreneur, but to do something, to get something, and to give something.

Real entrepreneurs, as Grant Cardone says, “Approach every situation with a whatever it takes mindset”. Yes, many times things may not work, but that doesn’t mean you’ll give up.

Henry Ford was building cars with technology that didn’t exist in his time. He just knew he had to create cars a middle-class person could own no matter what it took. He kept forging on, and today he’s a legend whose work is never to be forgotten.

Tomorrow is Not in Their Calendar

Whatever is supposed to be done, it’ll be done today. As my high-school teacher used to say, “tomorrow is just a convenient excuse.” A wantrepreneur will always seek reasons as to why they can’t start today. The only reason why you’ll not start today is you, no one else.

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If you believe in your idea and have a strong purpose driving it then you’re unstoppable. Don’t wait until you get your company certificate or reply back from the investor or anything. Let no excuse be a hindrance to your success.

Change today. It’s possible. Scrutinize the above points and contemplate who you are.

“Do what you can with what you have and where you are because what you’ve is plenty.” — Theodore Roosevelt

Manifest your dream. Five years down the line you will wish you started today. If it’s hard, then do it hard. Don’t get beaten because you beat yourself.

Get started TODAY!

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Last Updated on June 2, 2020

How to Write an Impressive Cover Letter (With Examples)

How to Write an Impressive Cover Letter (With Examples)

Think of your cover letter for a job application as an in-person introduction. Your resume outlines the facts—where you worked and for how long, along with your major accomplishments. But your cover letter also shows off your personality.

Your cover letter should outline the case for why you deserve the job without being “salesy.” How do you do that? Follow these 12 important guidelines.

1. There Is No Cookie-Cutter Cover Letter for a Job

Targeting your resume to a particular job may mean changing up your “Objective” section a bit or adding to your “Executive Summary” section. Cover letters, though, really need to focus on the particular person you’re writing to, the particular job, and the particular company. It needs to prove, with an economy of words, that your job experience fits the requirements of the position for which you’re applying.

Your letter should show that you have amassed the skills you need to succeed in that workplace. And, your cover letter should clinch your prospects by making the case that you are very excited about working at that particular company.

2. Always Opt-in to the Optional Cover Letter

Some job postings will give applicants the option of opting out of providing a cover letter for a job[1]. Don’t take the bait! Use the opportunity to further sell yourself in a personalized, well-crafted cover letter that creatively shares who you are and why your skills and personality align with the position and the company. Think of your cover letter for a job as an opportunity to describe your value proposition.

3. A Reference Goes a Long Way

Did someone recommend you for the job? Put that in the subject line of your cover letter if possible. If an online listing dictates what your subject line must be, cite the personal recommendation in the first sentence of your letter:

Dear Ms. Sanders,

Steve Smith recommended me for your Assistant Planner position. I worked with Steve at the XYZ company for four years as his assistant until he moved on, and I feel as though I learned from the best.  His high praise for you is the primary reason I am applying for this position, as I consider him an excellent judge of character. 

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You may want to bolster Steve’s recommendation with a short anecdote about working with Steve. Don’t be shy. Steve’s high opinion of you will likely mean that your resume gets a serious look.

4. Outline the Key Points You Want to Make

Company by company, your cover letter for a job application needs to be specific and bulletproof. Unless you have a great deal of practice in writing cover letters, it’s hard to just bang them out. So don’t even try. Instead, start with a list of points you intend to make. Generally, these would be a “grabby” introduction, a story or two about a particular accomplishment that is relevant to the job to which you are applying, a reason why you are the ideal candidate for the position, and a conclusion with a suggested next step.

  1. Intro – Have been familiar with the company since my father worked there in the 1980s.
  2. College Major – Majored in industrial engineering so I could get a job at CYY Building, Inc.
  3. Captain of Soccer Team – Prepared me to solve problems, promote morale, and coach a team.
  4. Ask for Informational Interview – 15 minutes to meet in person and learn more about opportunities.
  5. Compelling Close – Ask Hiring Manager to call me. Say I will call her in a week if I don’t hear from her first.

5. Moderating the Tone of Your Cover Letter

Some companies are buttoned-up. The workers wear three-piece suits to the office each day plus loafers. Other companies are more casual. The employees wear shorts in the summertime and skateboard through the hallways. In an in-person interview, you would never wear shorts to a company whose employees are sporting three-piece suits.

Similarly, your cover letter needs to strike the right note. The letter you write to a start-up should sound markedly different than the letter you would write to a white-shoe law firm.

For example, even using something as informal as “Greetings” for the salutation may not be appropriate at a more formal firm. And definitely don’t use the default “To Whom It May Concern.” Instead, try to find the name of the hiring manager with an online search. If that’s not possible, you will want to begin with “Dear XYZ Hiring Manager.” The tone of your cover letter for a job starts at the very beginning.

6. Create an Attention-Grabbing Opening Line

Think of going to hear a presentation by a motivational speaker, only to have her open with, “I’m here today to present (fill in with title of the presentation).” What a let down! What if instead, she started with, “I just ran a half marathon. Now doesn’t that sound better than if I told you, ‘I tried to run a marathon but quit half-way through?’” See the difference? You want to hear more.

Craft the first line of your cover letter with the utmost care. It doesn’t need to be clever, but it needs to show your personality and your fit for the position.

Dear Mr. Stevens,

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I am committed to making the customer service experience better for people like my grandmother. At 87 years old, my Gram is lost in the digital world and reliant on customer service representatives she can reach by telephone to answer her questions and solve her problems. She regularly shares stories of frustrating dead-ends she experiences with people wanting her to “go online and make your selection.”  Yet, whenever she reaches someone willing to take the extra time to resolve her issue, she sings the company’s praises to everyone she knows. Based on Gram’s frustrations, I want to be that person who won’t give up or pass the buck with bewildered customers.  

With a strong, anecdotal opening such as this, you show purpose and passion behind your application to be a customer service representative.

7. Recognize the Value of Cover Letter Real Estate

Spare writing is key in the cover letter for a job. It is always best if your letter doesn’t exceed a page. Those reviewing applications appreciate a letter that is terse, yet provides useful information to evaluate an applicant. This means you have five to six paragraphs in which to work.

Repeating anything from your resume is a waste of real estate. Think in terms of describing why you are applying for the position and why you are the best candidate.

To best show your personality, avoid stale phrases such as, “I believe my experience would be a good fit in your organization.” Add punch to your statements that show off your accomplishments and your attitude.

I thrive in start-up environments where I’ve learned to expect the unexpected and to make changes on the fly. In one such instance, I uncovered better results from a pilot project and in under 30 minutes had updated the CEO’s presentation in time for his meeting with a venture capitalist.

8. Getting Creative

On the surface, a requirement is a requirement. Many online ads specify the number of years, and you might think they are ironclad. But if you count the number of years you amassed a particular skill at the job and add any volunteer work where you also used that skill, you might surpass the requirement.

Say that you are applying for a position in fund development. If your career experience in putting on charity fundraisers falls a little short, it’s certainly appropriate to add in time spent organizing fundraising events as a volunteer—as long as you indicate it as such in your cover letter for the job.

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I recently passed my two and a half year mark of employment as a fund development associate with Notable Events. Concurrently, I oversaw all aspects of two annual fundraising galas as a volunteer board member of Reach for the Stars Foundation, offering scholarships to first-generation college-bound students. These involved finding sponsors for more than 70 silent auction items, renting event space, working with caterers, recruiting volunteers and MC-ing both events, which each drew more than 200 attendees and, together, raised more than $250,000. I believe this intensive hands-on experience helps supplement my years of employment.

Showcasing your community ethos through volunteering could make up for the deficit in actual on-the-job experience.

9. Making the Case that You Fit

How will you fit in at the company? With some research, you can easily figure out the corporate culture of an organization. Many companies share their core values in job recruitment ads. But even if you can’t discern a company’s mission or beliefs from its advertising, you can learn it from articles you read about the company.

Is it employer-centric or employee-centric? Is the culture more traditional or more fun? And what are you looking for? When you find a company where your needs align with theirs, that’s an indication that you would fit in well. Take care to make sure that your cover letter reflects how you fit.

If you are a recent military veteran[2], consider which civilian positions lend themselves to the regimented culture of which you’ve become accustomed. For example, your occupational specialty while in the military could dovetail well with a company’s job requirements—and you have the added benefit of discipline, following instructions, and teamwork that you can apply to any future position.

10. Always Ask for What You’re Worth

If the employer asks applicants to share their salary requirements in the cover letter for a job, disregard what you made in your former position and look into the salary ranges[3] of the advertised position. You will want to adjust up or down within the salary range depending on your prior experience in the industry or in a similar role.

The key is to not undercut yourself by asking below the minimum amount, or to overinflate your worth by asking for an amount higher than the maximum pay in the salary range.

11. Show Your Cover Letter to Three People Whose Opinion You Trust

Once your letter is out in the world, it’s too late to tweak it for that particular job. You will dramatically improve your chances of having your cover letter “land” correctly if you’re proactive. Find a few people in the field, and ask them if you can show them your cover letter before you send it out.

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If you are starting out and don’t know anyone in the field, you may want to consider paying for a professional career consultant or coach to review your cover letter and resume. Remember that the care you demonstrate in your cover letter is that employer’s first impression of you.

12. End With Enthusiasm

You want to stay upbeat all the way to the end of the letter. Let the reviewer know that you appreciate the opportunity to apply and that you look forward to hearing from (or having a chance to meet with) them in person.

It would be an honor to be part of your team, and I hope to have an opportunity to discuss this role and how I could contribute to it in person.

This acknowledges that the organization gets to make the next move, but that you anticipate it will be in your favor.

Sign off formally (“Sincerely” or “Best regards”) or informally (“Best” or “Thank you”) depending on the tone of the letter. Also, be sure to include your email address and phone number under your name. This ensures that, should the reviewer wish to contact you, the contact information is easily accessible.

Final Thoughts

The best cover letters for a job are lively, authentic, and provide a memorable result, anecdote or example of your approach to work. By tying your approach to the requirements of the job description and revealing your personality as a fit for the organization, you will give yourself a winning chance for making the cut and landing that coveted job interview.

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