Entrepreneurs are different from everyone else. Generally, we don’t prescribe to the status quo and because we think differently – we act differently. Most importantly, we can’t hide the tell-tale signs that allude to the fact that we’re a genius on a mission of madness – world domination. Or perhaps you’ll settle for your own little piece of a continent.
Whatever the case may be, here are ten dead giveaways that indicate you belong to a members only club where clout is in high demand, sleep is overrated and “business shabby” is suitable attire.
1. Let’s just say, there’s no shortage of self-confidence here.
I’ve yet to meet one self-loathing entrepreneur, and I am pretty sure some could be perceived as entitled narcissists. Whichever side of the spectrum you fall on, confident entrepreneurs do “it” better. Honestly, if you don’t believe in yourself – don’t expect anyone else to. But don’t forget the occasional slice of your grandma’s warm humble pie.
2. You’ve got clout.
No not the social media Klout Score – well yes, you’ve got that too. But most importantly, entrepreneurs intrinsically know how to connect the dots. You pull together partnerships out of the most unlikely places. Influence whether learned or second-nature is essential to take your business from zero to hero.
3. Federal holidays just aren’t that cool.
If you were once a corporate bean counter, long gone are the days of wistfully staring at your cubicle calendar counting down to your next escape. These days – your schedule is yours and federal holidays just aren’t what they were once cracked up to be. If you’re location independent, heck you can “work” from anywhere.
4. Sleep is antiquated.
Once you find your “hustle” and “flow” – you decide to rest when your body needs it. But inspiration at 3am is an adrenaline rush. Who has time to sleep at a startup? No one. Grab a pillow and take a nap over there … under your desk.
5. You will gladly work for free, for shoes or game tickets at first.
You are motivated beyond the paycheck — this is heresy for most corporate folks. But, successful entrepreneurs have all gladly done what they love (fulfilled their passion) for free at the onset of their startups. Passion doesn’t really seem like “work.” Don’t forget, some people dream of success… while others wake up and work hard at it (Anonymous).