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10 Signs That You Should be An Entrepreneur and Start Your Own Company

10 Signs That You Should be An Entrepreneur and Start Your Own Company

Not everyone is cut out for the stress of a new venture. Successful entrepreneurs will tell you that their success came from blood, sweat and tears, and maybe even a little luck. No training or education can get you ready for driving the success of a new venture; so how do you know when you’re cut out for it? Here are 10 signs that you have what it takes to be an entrepreneur.

1. You Can Handle Risk

One reason people stick to a safe, consistent job is that they know money comes in every month with little worry. It could be that they can’t risk the possibility of failure due to family and financial commitments, or they just want the comfort of knowing that they always have a paycheck coming in.

Entrepreneurs are ready to take the risk. They see it as a challenge and maybe have a plan B should the venture fail. They could have a safety net but always have a plan to make it work. They also handle risk well and don’t let it deter them from their goals.

2. Confidence with Your Idea

It’s easier to accept risk when you have strong confidence in your idea. Confidence isn’t learned. You’re born with it, and it usually comes with an idea that you strongly believe provides a solution to a problem.

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Entrepreneurs exude confidence both in their idea and their own abilities to launch the idea. They usually have a positive attitude towards new ventures, and look at the world with a “glass is half full” point of view. This confidence greatly improves their ability to deal with risk and problems that arise as they deal with problems during the unstable startup phase.

3. You Approach A Problem with A Solution

No matter how confident you are in your idea, you should expect hurdles and challenges that will test your patience. If you approach these hurdles with an attitude that you can find a solution, then you have the right entrepreneurial spirit to make it work.

Entrepreneurs approach problems differently than the rest of the world. They approach a problem with the question: What is a good solution to solve this problem? This is why coders and web designers make such great entrepreneurs. They can code and design answers to some of the world’s problems with their skills in technology.

4. You Have Ideas that Don’t Fit into A Regular 9-5 Job

Most corporations love employees with ideas, but sometimes they go unappreciated. Sometimes your ideas don’t fit with the status quo in your organization. It could be a great idea, but most regular 9-5 jobs have certain rules and standards. Long-term organizations rarely deviate from their common workflow. This puts a stop on any ideas you have to make a change in the way the organization operates.

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You can take your idea and turn it into your own venture. If this is something you’ve considered, you could have the right entrepreneurial attitude to make a change for the better and move on from the corporate world.

5. Salesmanship is One of Your Strong Traits

As an entrepreneur, you’re likely the only one in your startup at the very beginning of the venture. Partnering with someone else is a luxury, but most entrepreneurs start off with just their own idea and salesmanship.

You need to have the right salesmanship to sell your idea to investors, customers, and anyone else who can help further your ideas such as a software development firm. If you don’t have the ability to sell your idea, your venture will struggle. You can even partner with someone who brings this trait to the venture, but this is usually at the cost of equity.

6. You’re Persistent

Any successful entrepreneur will tell you that they struggled at some point during the startup phase. Some challenges are too difficult for people to handle, and they fold after a few bumps in the road. It’s important to know your limitations, but entrepreneurs are often persistent to a fault. This persistence can sometimes be perceived as stubbornness, but in a good way.

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Drive and dedication lead to persistence, and confidence helps drive your never-ending desire to make your ideas work rather than quit.

7. You’re Never Happy with The Status Quo

Some people have a desire to look at current standards and improve them. Entrepreneurs aren’t happy with the status quo. They want to make things better using their own ideas and inventions.

Entrepreneurs find ways to improve process and workflow in every part of their lives. This can be using technology or other industries. Usually, the entrepreneur is an expert in their field, but it’s not always the case. If you see ways that things can change for the better in everyday life and you have the desire to fix it, you have the right spirit.

8. Building Solutions is Your Hobby

Entrepreneurs like building things. These “things” are solutions to problems. They do it in their personal lives as well as their work life. They see it as a hobby, and sometimes a hobby can become your main source of income.

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The “things” you build could be for any industry including technology, finance, entertainment or travel. If you have an idea, it could be time to turn it into your future.

9. You See Opportunity Everywhere

This point goes along with the “see the world as a glass that’s half full” scenario. Entrepreneurs are not only positive minded, but they also see opportunity everywhere. This is what turns them into strong business owners that build a startup from a one-man idea into a strong organization with several employees.

10. You’re Always Competitive

Entrepreneurs are usually competitive. They have to be to compete with bigger businesses. They use their confidence, persistence and ideas to generate a competitive venture. Most entrepreneurs have been competitive since childhood. This competitiveness gives them the motivation to soldier on through the tough times during the startup phase, even if similar, competitive startups to theirs already exist in the marketplace.

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Last Updated on June 5, 2020

10 Huge Differences Between a Boss And a Leader

10 Huge Differences Between a Boss And a Leader

When you try to think of a leader at your place of work, you might think of your boss — you know, the supervisor in the tasteful office down the hall.

However, bosses are not the only leaders in the office, and not every boss has mastered the art of excellent leadership. Maybe the best leader you know is the co-worker sitting at the desk next to yours who is always willing to loan out her stapler and help you problem solve.

You see, a boss’s main priority is to efficiently cross items off of the corporate to-do list, while a true leader both completes tasks and works to empower and motivate the people he or she interacts with on a daily basis.

A leader is someone who works to improve things instead of focusing on the negatives. People acknowledge the authority of a boss, but people cherish a true leader.

Puzzled about what it takes to be a great leader? Let’s take a look at the difference between a boss and a leader, and why cultivating quality leadership skills is essential for people who really want to make a positive impact.

1. Leaders Are Compassionate; Bosses Are Cold

It can be easy to equate professionalism with robot-like impersonal behavior. Many bosses stay holed up in their offices and barely ever interact with staff.

Even if your schedule is packed, you should always make time to reach out to the people around you. Remember that when you ask someone to share how they are feeling, you should be prepared to be vulnerable and open in your communication as well.

Does acting human at the office sound silly? It’s not.

A lack of compassion in the office leads to psychological turmoil, whereas positive connection leads to healthier staff.[1]

If people feel that you are being open, honest, and compassionate with them, they will feel able to approach your office with what is on their minds, leading to a more productive and stress-free work environment.

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2. Leaders Say “We”; Bosses Say “I”

Practice developing a team-first mentality when thinking and speaking. In meetings, talk about trying to meet deadlines as a team instead of using accusatory “you” phrases. This makes it clear that you are a part of the team, too, and that you are willing to work hard and support your team members.

Let me explain:

A “we” mentality shifts the office dynamic from “trying to make the boss happy” to a spirit of teamwork, goal-setting, and accomplishment.

A “we” mentality allows for the accountability and community that is essential in the modern-day workplace.

3. Leaders Invest in People; Bosses Use People

Unfortunately, many office climates involve people using others to get what they want or to climb the corporate ladder. This is another example of the “me first” mentality that is so toxic in both office environments and personal relationships.

Instead of using others or focusing on your needs, think about how you can help other people grow.

Use your building blocks of compassion and team-mentality to stay attuned to the needs of others and note the areas in which you can help them develop. A great leader wants to see his or her people flourish.

Make a list of ways you can invest in your team members to help them develop personally and professionally, and then take action!

4. People Respect Leaders; People Fear Bosses

Earning respect from everyone on your team will take time and commitment, but the rewards are worth every ounce of effort.

A boss who is a poor leader may try to control the office through fear and bully-like behavior. Employees who are petrified about their performance or who feel overwhelmed and stressed by unfair deadlines are probably working for a boss who uses a fear system instead of a respect system.

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What’s the bottom line?

Work to build respect among your team by treating everyone with fairness and kindness. Maintain a positive tone and stay reliable for those who approach you for help.

5. Leaders Give Credit Where It’s Due; Bosses Only Take Credit

Looking for specific ways to gain respect from your colleagues and employees? There is no better place to start than with the simple act of giving credit where it is due.

Don’t be tempted to take credit for things you didn’t do, and always go above and beyond to generously acknowledge those who worked on a project and performed well.

You might be wondering how you can get started:

  • Begin by simply noticing which team member contributes what during your next project at work.
  • If possible, make mental notes. Remember that these notes should not be about ways in which team members are failing, but about ways in which they are excelling.
  • Depending on your leadership style, let people know how well they are doing either in private one-on-one meetings or in a group setting. Be honest and generous in your communication about a person’s performance.

6. Leaders See Delegation as Their Best Friend; Bosses See It as an Enemy

If delegation is a leader’s best friend, then micromanagement is the enemy.

Delegation equates to trust, and micromanagement equates to distrust. Nothing is more frustrating for an employee than feeling that his or her every movement is being critically observed.

Encourage trust in your office by delegating important tasks and acknowledging that your people are capable, smart individuals who can succeed!

Delegation is a great way to cash in on the positive benefits of a psychological phenomenon called the self-fulfilling prophecy. In a self-fulfilling prophecy, a person’s expectations of another person can cause the expectations to be fulfilled.[2]

In other words, if you truly believe that your team member can handle a project or task, he or she is more likely to deliver.

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You can learn more about how to delegate in my other article: How to Delegate Work (the Definitive Guide for Successful Leaders).

7. Leaders Work Hard; Bosses Let Others Do the Work

Delegation is not an excuse to get out of hard work. Instead of telling people to go accomplish the hardest work alone, make it clear that you are willing to pitch in and help with the most difficult tasks when the need arises.

Here’s the deal:

Showing others that you work hard sets the tone for your whole team and will spur them on to greatness.

The next time you catch yourself telling someone to “go,” a.k.a accomplish a difficult task alone, change your phrasing to “let’s go,” showing that you are totally willing to help and support them.

8. Leaders Think Long-Term; Bosses Think Short-Term

A leader who only utilizes short-term thinking is someone who cannot be prepared or organized for the future. Your colleagues or staff members need to know that they can trust you to have a handle on things not just this week, but next month or even next year.

Display your long-term thinking skills in group talks and meetings by sharing long-term hopes or concerns. Create plans for possible scenarios and be prepared for emergencies.

For example, if you know that you are losing someone on your team in a few months, be prepared to share a clear plan of how you and the remaining team members can best handle the change and workload until someone new is hired.

9. Leaders Are Like Colleagues; Bosses Are Just Bosses

Another word for a colleague is a collaborator. Make sure your team knows that you are “one of them” and that you want to collaborate or work side by side.

Not getting involved in the going ons of the office is a mistake because you will miss out on development and connection opportunities.

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As our regular readers know, I love to remind people of the importance of building routines into each day. Create a routine that encourages you to leave your isolated office and collaborate with others. Spark healthy habits that benefit both you and your co-workers.

10. Leaders Put People First; Bosses Put Results First

Bosses without crucial leadership training may focus on process and results instead of people. They may stick to a pre-set systems playbook, even when employees voice new ideas or concerns.

Ignoring people’s opinions for the sake of company tradition like this is never truly beneficial to an organization.

Here’s what I mean by process over people:

Some organizations focus on proper structures or systems as their greatest assets instead of people. I believe that people lend real value to an organization, and that focusing on the development of people is a key ingredient for success in leadership.

Final Thoughts

Learning to be a leader is an ongoing adventure.

This list of differences makes it clear that, unlike an ordinary boss, a leader is able to be compassionate, inclusive, generous, and hard-working for the good of the team.

Instead of being a stereotypical scary or micromanaging-obsessed boss, a quality leader is able to establish an atmosphere of respect and collaboration.

Whether you are new to your work environment or a seasoned administrator, these leadership traits will help you get a jump start so that you can excel as a leader and positively impact the people around you.

For more inspiration and guidance, you can even start keeping tabs on some of the world’s top leadership experts. With an adventurous and positive attitude, anyone can learn good leadership.

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