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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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The Ultimate Guide to Help You Sleep Through the Night Tonight

The Ultimate Guide to Help You Sleep Through the Night Tonight

It’s well past midnight and you’ve got to get up in less than six hours. You toss and turn all night. Before you know it, another hour passes by and you start panicking.

If I don’t get to sleep in the next 30 minutes, I’m going to be exhausted tomorrow!”

One thing is for sure, you’re not alone. Over 70M+ Americans have stated that they don’t get the proper sleep they need at night.[1] So what could possibly be causing this insomnia epidemic?

Throughout my entrepreneurial journey of building my language learning company, I have experimented and researched dozens of best sleep practices. Some have flopped but a few have dramatically improved the quality of my life and work.

In this article, I’ll look into the reason why you’re sleep deprived and how to sleep through the night tonight.

Why you can’t sleep through the night

The first step to improving anything is getting to the bottom of the root problem. Different studies have shown the reasons why most people cannot sleep well at night.[2] Here are the main ones that the average person faces:

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Stress

If you’ve ever stayed up at night worrying about something, know that it’s a major sleep inhibitor. When you’re feeling stress, your mind and body becomes more activated, making it incredibly difficult to fall asleep. Even when you do manage to sleep, it won’t be deep enough to help you feel rested the next day.

Exposure to blue light before sleep time

We’re exposed to harmful blue light on a daily basis through the use of our digital screens. If you’ve never heard of blue light, it’s part of the visible light spectrum that suppresses melatonin, our sleep hormones. Other harmful effects include digital eye strains and macular cellular damage.

While daytime exposure to blue light is not very harmful, night time exposure tricks our brain into thinking it’s daytime. By keeping your brain alert and suppressing melatonin, your mind is unable to shut down and relax before bedtime.

Eating close to bedtime

Eating too late can actually be an issue for many people, especially those who are older than 40. The reason is, eating before laying down increases the chances of Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), in which stomach acid backflows into the esophagus.

Another reason not to eat too late is sleep quality. Even if you manage to sleep right after eating, it’s likely that you’ll wake up tired. Instead of letting your body rest during sleep, it has to digest the food that was entered before bedtime.

Rule of thumb: eat 3-4 hours before bedtime.

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Medical conditions

In some cases, it could be medical conditions that cause your sleep problems. If you can’t relate yourself to the above reasons or any of these common sleep problem causes, you should visit the doctor.

The vicious sleep cycle

The biggest danger to repeating the bad habits mentioned above is the negative cycle that it can take you through. A bad night’s sleep can affect not only your energy but your willpower and decision making skills.

Here’s an example of a bad sleep pattern:

You get a bad night’s sleep
–> You feel tired and stressful throughout the day.
–> You compensate it with unhealthy habits (for example junk food, skipping exercises, watching Netflix etc.)
–> You can’t sleep well (again) the next night.

    You can imagine what could happen if this cycle repeats over a longer period of time.

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    How to sleep better (throughout the night)

    To help you break the vicious cycle and stop waking up in the middle of the night, I’ll explain to you a list of actionable steps to solve your trouble staying asleep.

    1. Take control over the last 90 minutes of your night

    What you do (or don’t do) before bedtime have significant impact on the quality of your sleep. Many times, it can be the difference between staying up until 4am and sleeping like a baby.

    Here are a few suggestions:

    • Go from light to dark – Darkness stimulates production of the sleep hormone melatonin. Turn off unused light around the house, and think about investing into warm light that you can use in the bedroom before bedtime.
    • Avoid screens (or wear blue light blocking glasses) – Keep the bedroom a technology-free zone as the light from electronic devices can disturb your sleep. If you need to work, wear blue light blocking glasses (also known as computer glasses) throughout or before you sleep to prevent sleep disruption.
    • Find an activity that helps you to wind down  This could be anything that calms you down, and reduces thinking (especially unnecessary stress). Fir example, listening to soothing/good feel music, taking a hot bath, reading or meditating.
    • Keep any electronics you have on the other side of the room or outside the room – One of the most harmful things that can disrupt your sleep is the notifications you get from your smartphones. The simplest way to avoid this is to keep it away from you.
    • Create a bedtime routine – A night routine is a couple of things you do prior to going to bed. By doing these things every night, you’ll have a more restful and high-quality sleep. Learn how to pick up a night routine here: The Ultimate Night Routine Guide to Sleep Better and Wake Up Productive

    2. Eat the right nutrients (and avoid the wrong ones)

    What you eat (not just when we eat) plays a critical role in your sleep quality. If you’re ever in doubt of what to eat to improve your sleep, take the following into consideration:

    • Kiwi – This green fruit may be the ultimate pre-bed snack. When volunteers ate two kiwis an hour before hitting the hay, they slept almost a full extra hour. Kiwis are full of vitamins C and E, serotonin and folate—all of which may help you snooze.
    • Soy foods – Foods made with soy such as tofu, miso and edamame, are rich in isoflavones. These compounds increase the production of serotonin, a brain chemical that influences the body’s sleep-wake cycle.
    • Fiber-rich foods – Eating more fiber could be key for better sleep. Eating fiber was associated with more restorative slow-wave sleep—the more you eat, the better you sleep—per a study published in the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine. Fiber prevents blood sugar surges that may lower melatonin. Get a fiber boost from beans, artichokes, bran cereal and quinoa.
    • Salmon – Most fish, especially salmon, halibut and tuna boost vitamin B6, which is needed to make melatonin— a sleep-inducing hormone triggered by darkness.

    3. Adjust your sleep temperature

    Once you’ve gone through the first 2 recommendations, the last step to experiment with is temperature. According to Sleep.org, the ideal temperature for sleep is 60-67 Farenheit. This may be cooler than what most people are used to, but keep in mind that our body temperature changes once we fall asleep.

    Rule of thumb: sleeping in cooler temperature is better for sleep quality than warmer temperature.

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    Find out how to maintain the optimal temperature to sleep better here: How to Sleep Faster with the Best Temperature

    Sleep better form now on

    Congrats on making it to the end of this guide on sleep. If you’re serious about taking the necessary steps in improving your sleep, remember to take it one step at a time.

    I recommend trying just one of the steps mentioned such as taking a hot bath, blocking out blue light at night, or sleeping in cooler temperature. From there, see how it impacts your sleep quality and you can keep doing what works, and throw away what doesn’t.

    As long as you follow these steps cautiously and diligently, I know you’ll see improved results in your sleep!

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