In late 2011, I wrote 10 Signs You’re an Entrepreneur as my personal love letter to entrepreneurs across the globe. My intention was to let you know: if you think like this, you aren’t alone and if you’re waiting for that proverbial sign — this is it!
If You’re Waiting for a Sign, This is It
As you may know, I am obsessed with perfecting startups and I truly believe that if you endeavor to imagine, courageously create and express your vision through entrepreneurship you are powerful beyond measure.
“If you endeavor to imagine, courageously create and express your vision through entrepreneurship you are powerful beyond measure.”Because, in a way, entrepreneurship unveils the hidden potential inside all of us. Whether you’ve owned a business for 1 month or 5 years, you will inevitably do what some said cannot be done, you will push past perceived limits and — in a way that only you can — you will serve the world with your unique talents and gifts.
While none of the observations I made back then have changed, I’m convinced that 10 signs you’re an entrepreneur won’t sufficiently cut it. So let’s get down to business.
10 (More) Signs You’re An Entrepreneur
Take a look at 10 more dead giveaways that indicate you belong to a members only club where the power to create your own reality and build the life and business you’ve always wanted is closer than you ever imagined.
1. You may speak multiple languages, but B.S. isn’t one of them.
Every successful entrepreneur knows that entrepreneurship is “show and tell” and there is little room for superfluous talk and idle chatter. People can fake many things but you cannot pretend you’re an entrepreneur — you either are or you are not. You will either build or you won’t. And like Yoda teaching Luke Skywalker “the force” we all know: “Do or do not. There is no try.”
2. You have superhuman powers and potential.
Entrepreneurship will force personal development and unlock human potential. The territory of business ownership comes with the realization and creation of some powerful, dare I say “superhuman” traits.[sociallocker id=”25677″]
By definition, superheroes are people that possess extraordinary powers and skills. Doesn’t that sound like an entrepreneur to you? For those of you that make deals happen against all odds, teach yourself new skills to build your empire, stand tall in the face of defeat and challenge the norms of your industry, you know precisely what I mean!
3. You have so many ideas — “Where’s the off switch?”
We all have the same 24 hours in a day, but during that time you’re likely bursting at the seams with creative ideas. Whether you believe yourself to be creative or not, every entrepreneur has to employ some level of creativity to run a successful business.
However, what makes you truly special is your ability to execute on those creative musings. You’ll hear many of us say, “Ideas are a dime a dozen.” What truly matters is the prioritization and execution of those ideas. That’s what counts. That is what sets you apart.
4. You know how to hustle.
You know how to hustle, hasten, “get her done” … whatever you want to call it. You know how to make it happen! You realize that in order to be successful, you have to learn and employ some level of the hustle — an aggressive, go-getter mindset with proceeding action to work towards a definite end.
5. Before you start your day (or night), you think “But first, coffee!”
I used to grab a Double Shot chilled espresso every single morning — like clockwork. Now I have green tea on tap. Whichever you prefer, whatever gets you going in the morning and keeps you alert and focused during the day is essential.
Many entrepreneurs go through phases where you’re literally up all night. In fact, during certain phases of your company’s development you may find yourself perpetuating a night owl culture where normal ‘office hours’ don’t resemble anything close to 9-5.[/sociallocker]