I really believe entrepreneurs are born, not made.
That’s why you see so many college drop outs becoming millionaires and actual children running six-figure businesses. Or take me as an example. I got my degree in Entrepreneurial Management TEN YEARS AGO. It wasn’t until I realized I yearned for more fulfilling work that I finally put my education to use. As a coach, you do a lot of self-reflection Through my entrepreneurial journey, I’ve thought a lot about my childhood and the decisions that have led me down my career path. In connecting with other entrepreneurs and learning about their journeys, I’ve come to the conclusion that there are some tell-tale childhood signs that you’re an entrepreneur.
You had a business as a kid
Maybe you sold lemonade in your neighborhood. Perhaps you babysat. I remember my first business was making friendship bracelets with my friends and selling them to other kids at school. My husband had a business going where he’d sell cans of pop out of his locker for half the price of the cafeteria. His father quickly figured out he was stealing this from home. Pretty ballsy, a little stupid, yet very enterprising if you ask me.
You had (and still have) an issue with authority
My parents will be the first to tell you I was one cheeky child. I had a serious ‘tude. I just didn’t like being told what to do. I brought that same attitude to school and then the workplace. I had, and still have, a very strong idea of how I like to do things. Micromanagers be damned. Having this conviction and confidence in myself to do things my way (the right way, lol) is a key ingredient in my entrepreneurial success.
I bet you’re much the same way. Don’t ever lose this part of yourself. When people try to bring you down, your confidence will keep your head high and focused on your path towards greatness.
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You were always trying new things
I tried every sport team (and sucked at all of them). Softball, rugby, field hockey. The works. I also joined several clubs and committees. Student government, prom committee, even the photography club. I did all of this because, well, I was bored easily and restless, but also I wanted to appear “well rounded” on my university and scholarship applications. This paid off. But where trying new things and juggling many activities really paid off is in my business. Having many things on the go helped me ease into the practice of wearing the many hats of an entrepreneur. Coach. Strategist. Web designer. Accountant.
As an entrepreneur, you need to have the ability to switch gears and refocus quickly. Your business depends on your ability to be flexible, but in that flexibility, always keep your eyes on your prize.
If you think back to your childhood, what experiences stand out as having prepared you for your career or business? That lemonade stand, your propensity to get detention for defying your teachers, or your general restlessness may be telling you something.
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