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7 Signs You Are Entrepreneurial In Nature

7 Signs You Are Entrepreneurial In Nature

What characteristics lead some folks to be entrepreneurial in nature, and others are not? It seems clear that some people seem to really want to start new things, new businesses, new charities, and others would rather help run established organizations or a be a part of the fulfillment or implementation.

Are there some specific signs that lead to entrepreneurialism?

I believe so, and in a few moments, I’ll share them with you.

But first, I want to caution that just because someone has these characteristics (or signs) doesn’t mean that that person will automatically be successful. There are other traits that code for success (like hard work, determination, willingness to persevere, take criticism, and a willingness to constantly evaluate and improve, and so on), and without adding those success traits to the mix, and entrepreneurial person will like just start projects and stop them before completion, or dream about new things, but never put pen to paper to draw the design, or build out the new ideas.

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So entrepreneurialism without implementation leads to non-success, but entrepreneurialism combined with success traits and hard work, can lead to entrepreneurial success!

Here are 7 of the signs I see that can indicate entrepreneurialism:

1. You are naturally inquisitive and want to innovate

Entrepreneurs tend to want to solve problems. In fact, they seem to be looking for problems – it’s almost like they have a magnetized brain that is constantly on the lookout for problems they can solve. They see solutions mentally, they see problems and are asking questions like, what is a better way to do this, how could I fix this, how can I apply something I know from a different discipline to be able to change this?

2. You are a grower – you like to grow things from scratch

Entrepreneurs tend to want to start things from scratch, they don’t tend to like to take someone’s else’s project and grow it. They like the feeling of saying “I did this” or “I thought of this and then implemented.” I believe entrepreneurs tend to have a desire to make things, to build things, to start things (and of course the corollary is also true: entrepreneurs often don’t like to finish things, or bear through the tough things once the idea is out of the oven, so they have to guard against this and overcome!

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3. You are willing to do things others haven’t done

Entrepreneurs tend to be willing to do things others haven’t already done. To illustrate, a non-entrepreneurial person may want to only do things that someone else has already proven will work. But entrepreneurs are willing to try new things, they tend to not be so afraid of something failing or not working. If they can fix it, they see it as a great challenge, but even if they try something that has never been done before and it’s unworkable, they can often say, “that’s okay, at least I tried. Ok, onto the next thing.”!

4. You are willing to take risks to do big things

Entrepreneurs tend to value taking risks in order to achieve big things. They seem to recognize that big things don’t usually happen without a big mess, a big risk, big chances, and they want the result so bad they are willing to risk much to possibly achieve that big thing. This can be contrasted to other folks who are willing to do much smaller things that are more guaranteed to work for them, whereas entrepreneurs tend to have the attitude that it is better to try and fail than to not try at all (and of course guarantee they won’t fail). But I would argue that by not trying, they automatically fail by default, just like if you take a college class and don’t show up for the final – you may not have actually failed the test, but your score will be a “0” and you may fail the course. Entrepreneurs tend to view failure as what happens if you don’t try something, not something that happens if you try it and it doesn’t work.

5. You are a go-getter – willing to go where no one else has gone and create or get the market

Entrepreneurs are flat-out willing to do things no one else is willing to do! I believe one reason for this is that, as is some of the other signs and characteristics, they aren’t worried about failing, and they are willing to take risks and do things others haven’t done. So because they are willing to take risks and do things no one else has done, they can by extension be willing to go places no one has been, build things no one has proven, even build businesses that no one wants what they sell – because they tend to be willing to do the un-tried and unproven. And if it fails or flops, so what, what’s next?!

6. You look at businesses and think, why don’t they do it this way?

Entrepreneurs tend to constantly be on the lookout for better ways to do things. I have an unusual trait in that when I shop at a new store, I often wonder, is this place profitable? How much money are they making? I might try to estimate daily sales based on what people seem to be buying, and I try to add up their daily payroll based on how many workers are on the floor, and then guess what their rent and overhead is, to come up with a profit figure for the company. I have fun with it – and I believe that’s the kind of things many entrepreneurs can have fun with!

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7. You want to improve the world around you, and get paid for it too!

Entrepreneurs tend to want to change lives. When they see solutions, they see them not just as an engineering or marketing feat, but they see them as solutions that can change lives. They see that if they can change lives, they can probably charge a fair price for it, and if they are changing lives, then they will get paid!

Entrepreneurs tend to have fun solving problems for people, innovating new ways to do things, and finding ways to make their innovations profitable.

Based on these traits here, do you think you are entrepreneurial?

If so, what actions are you taking to change the world, innovate in new ways, and change lives?

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Are you doing things to improve the world around you, your industry, the area in which you are most fluent and can most effectively improve the lives of the people whom you meet?

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Last Updated on March 13, 2019

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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