Do you have what it takes to be an entrepreneur?
Passion + perseverance: ingredients that make up an entrepreneur
Have you got passion coupled with perseverance? Then the good news for you is that are far more likely to succeed than someone with just talent. You also have the skills needed to become an entrepreneur. Seeing an idea come to fruition can often take place later in life because just like meeting the right person it is sometimes all down to the timing. The time that you’ve put into the project, the time in life that you have enough courage to pursue an idea, the time its taken you to acquire the skills or funding you need to take a leap. The important thing is that you do take the leap and don’t find yourself answering those pesky questions of ‘what if’ or ‘if only’. Now is the time to dig in.
"Anything's possible if you've got enough nerve"
J.K. Rowling sums up well the notion of sticking with it and coupling that perseverance with a dash of courage when she states; ‘anything’s possible if you’ve got enough nerve.’ The author of the best selling Harry Potter Series was once a young, unemployed single mother on welfare benefits. She was also a passionate writer who believed in her story, she spent hours writing in the cafes of Edinburgh and despite knock back from publisher after publisher and years without success she kept at it. It’s called grit.
Anyone can learn to be an entrepreneur
Angela Duckworth delivered a TED talk on the subject of grit describing it as passion and perseverance for long term goals. Grit is one of those things we can’t easily define however in Duckworth’s research of school students, private companies, army personnel she found that the one characteristic that those who were successful had was grit; the ability to persevere and to work hard towards achieving goals. Duckworth also references something known as Growth Mindset which is a belief that ability and intelligence can be learnt with effort and challenge. This concept really appeals to me and for me means anyone can learn to be an entrepreneur. Its no longer a space for those who were just ‘born with it’, instead its an even playing ground that anyone can tackle and succeed at.
Find your grit and dig in
So if you have an idea or a goal that you feel like you’ve been hacking away at for too long, think again;
- Find your grit and dig in;
- Find your voice and talk about your goal with people;
- Take action; write your goal down and take small steps to achieve it;
- Acknowledge and talk about the mistakes you make along the way so that you and others can learn from them;
- Find your network of like minded people who support you and encourage your growth.
It could easily be your idea that is worth billions one day
As Duckworth reminds us; life is a marathon not a sprint so if you have the nerve and the work ethic to chase down your dream you might just find that its all yours! Look at J.K. Rowling for inspiration. A book that took years to write has developed into a multi billion dollar empire that is famous in every quarter of the world. This could just as easily be you one day.