Despite the 100’s of books, articles, and free resources available out there, people still seem confused about how to become an entrepreneur. While this continues to be an issue, we have also noticed more and more experienced entrepreneurs ask their social circles if they believe entrepreneurs are born, or made?
For me, entrepreneurship did not come out of necessity nor did it come as a means to an end. While many undertake entrepreneurship as a means to create businesses that can help them sustain a type of lifestyle or income level, I took on entrepreneurship as a means of creating change for those around me. To me, an entrepreneur is very different from a business owner, and while both share similarities in their approach, they also both encompass major differences in their mindset and vision.
I’ve said time and time again that an idea is worthless without any execution or strong action behind it. Yet, it is ultimately ideas that spark the strong belief that people need in order for them to execute with velocity. They all were rather a means to an end, and a means to a lifestyle.
So if an idea sparked my entrepreneurial journey, then perhaps we can conclude that the idea came first, before the entrepreneur in me was born. However, it can also be said that the entrepreneur is the one who sees the world for what it could be; therefore, without that kind of vision, the idea would never have been identified, and the innovation never brought to life. In order to find an answer, let’s dig deeper into how entrepreneurs are made.
There are four attributes that lead someone to controlling their perspective and creating a vision. These four are: Environment, Belief, Confidence, and Choice. Do keep in mind that these are not what makes someone a business owner, but rather builds someone to understand the core meaning of true entrepreneurship.
– Entrepreneurs are made by their environment and the observations they make within it. The greater the exposure to others who have succeeded, the greater the belief that sky is the limit and the constant pursuit to seek more. If you have that feeling inside you that you are meant for so much more than what you are currently doing, that is often a result of over belief, and a lack of confidence is why you are not doing anything about it.
– Confidence, which comes as a result of growing a tolerance for failure, is where many individuals fall short. It is often the reason why they never take on entrepreneurship as they are unable to exit their comfort zone. Despite believing in greater outcomes, they often simply lack the ability to take action towards that outcome. It is easier to be comfortable rather than to realize the grass doesn’t just grow greener on the other side; you are simply going to have to plant the seeds, and water the grass instead.
– This takes us to choice, which, once again, is the ultimate reason entrepreneurs are born. The choice is not about taking entrepreneurship head-on or not, but rather choosing if you’re going to allow failure in your life or not. Once you have mastered your environment, believe in yourself enough, and have practiced failure, then you are faced with the choice to let failure disappear from your life.
– By doing so, you reinforce your confidence and reprogram your belief system only to look for alternatives when something doesn’t work, rather than move on to something else. When you choose that giving up is no longer an option, you start to become more aware of how you can impact that same environment you live in, and no longer see barriers or question the possibilities. Instead, you simply identify opportunities and give birth to ideas.
When you deviate from this process and simply want to implement ideas in order to become an entrepreneur or to make money, you often lack the understanding of your own ability. As a result, you will most likely fail somewhere down the road in you journey, as you will be faced with multiple failures and it will no longer make sense to invest your life in it. This lack of experience and self-understanding is what drives the constant pursuit of instant gratification by many wantrepreneurs.
True entrepreneurs are created by their environments and are validated through the execution of their ideas. Therefore, this is why I believe that the entrepreneur came before the “real” idea, rather than the 100’s of passives ideas we all have each day, but never act on.