Entrepreneur… how cool it is to be called an entrepreneur. But how can one really become a true entrepreneur? A person is not what he calls himself. He’s not even what people call him. A person becomes what he does and what he keeps on doing. We cannot just call ourselves entrepreneurs by merely starting a business or even by just owning a profitable business. Entrepreneurship is not only about freedom from the cubicle of employment and about being your own boss. It doesn’t only mean self-employment, business start-up or an ownership of a business. Entrepreneurship is cool and honorable, but it’s also tough – tough enough that only few businessmen evolved as entrepreneurs. Yes, it takes a challenging process of evolution; it takes a lot of sacrifices to reach the point of entrepreneurship. To give you a clearer idea on how to transform oneself from being a plain business person to a revolutionary entrepreneur, let’s take a look at the following steps and ways that one should practice to become a real entrepreneur.
1. Be unique
Entrepreneurs are famous for their unique concepts and ways of realizing these concepts. A common businessman starts a business from an existing concept, while an entrepreneur starts a business from his own unique idea – this is where innovation takes place. Entrepreneurs are the first to find unique solutions to people’s common problems. Hence, if you want to become a real entrepreneur, you should have a sense of originality and a since of distinction.
2. Be a leader
As a support to their uniqueness, entrepreneurs are catalytic – they do things to make change. They are leaders, whether born or made. Their ability to lead starts from leading themselves. Then it goes all the way to business administration, human resource management and market leadership. Entrepreneurs give life to business and not the other way around. They employ people to help each other as an organization. They find market in the blue ocean and make it accessible to people. They do business to change not only their lives, but also to change the lives of others. This is one of the qualities you need to possess to become a genuine entrepreneur.
3. Be a source of wealth
Entrepreneurs can be distinguished from common business persons by just looking at the way they build wealth or capital. As capital or equity is increased by performing well in business to make profits, entrepreneurs focus on value and other things that can bring them lasting benefits, while typical businessmen focus on activities that can give them instant money and profits. Entrepreneurs build wealth like a tree – they plant it slowly but enjoy its fruits in the long-term. This quality provides them a long-lasting wealth that generates passive income, rather than an active income that needs to be worked out constantly to generate. This is also the reason why entrepreneurs have more chance to share their wealth to others than the typical businessmen. Entrepreneurs grow like a tree of wealth and they are generous to share their fruits to others. So if you want to claim the title of a real entrepreneur, then grow like a tree and have generosity.
4. Be bold
All business starters have a vision, but not all of them have the courage to do the necessary steps in realizing that vision. These few business starters who take the challenges to accomplish that vision are what we called the entrepreneurs. But entrepreneurship is not all about being courageous, it is also about having the ability to calculate the risks and generate a calculated level of confidence. All business starters have a vision, but also, only entrepreneurs create a clearer vision. So if you want to call yourself a real entrepreneur, be sure to have a clear vision, courage and confidence to bring that vision into reality.
5. Be accountable
Entrepreneurship is a principle of accountability and integrity. It’s not all about being bold and taking the risk, but it is also about being responsible on one’s actions. This is why entrepreneurs are prudent and not hasty. So have the courage and bind it with accountability to become a true entrepreneur.
6. Be helpful
Business is all about profit, and I have no problem with that. Even in entrepreneurship it’s also all about profit. The only difference is that the profits received by entrepreneurs are the consequence of their willingness and dedication to help people and the community. Entrepreneurs earn income by providing answers and solutions to people’s problems. These people include their worker or employees, the customers and the public. So a real entrepreneur is also a “helpreneur”.
7. Have focus
Consistency is one thing that is hardly achieved. And to achieve that, one must have focus. If you can attain focus and consistency, success will be your best friend. This is the reason why success is friendly to entrepreneurs – they are focused and consistent. And what’s their secret to that? Their secret is passion. These enthusiastic species of businessmen avoid distractions in a voluntary and cheerful manner. Of course they are like that because they take the risk to choose their passion. Hence, be bold, be careful, choose your passion, and cause a concentration to become a real entrepreneur.
8. Be holistic
Entrepreneurship is hard, isn’t it? But why do some people can takeover it? The reason why entrepreneurs can do the extraordinary things in business is because they see and understand the bigger picture of the whole business thing. They are holistic businessmen; they see what other businessmen don’t see. They make business not only for themselves, but also for their country’s economic growth, and even for making the whole world a better place. This deep and great purpose of doing business is what keeps them going even when things get tougher. Thus, you should also see what these entrepreneurs are seeing – the universal business sense.
9. Be prepared
Entrepreneurs are patient and can wait for years to achieve long-term success. But that is not only what makes them entrepreneurs. They don’t just wait for the great things to come, but they also constantly preparing for them. Entrepreneurship is a combination of patience and diligence, and they can’t be effective and successful without this combination. Hence, you’ve got to be both patient and diligent to raise the entrepreneurial spirit within you.
10. Be peaceful
Last but not the least is to have peacefulness. But why peacefulness? It’s because a person cannot attain focus without inner peace. It gives way to contentment, thankfulness and real happiness. This seems to be fundamental and basic. But entrepreneurship is one thing that is based on a strong foundation. Without a tough basis and foundation, entrepreneurs can’t accomplish the tough entrepreneurial activities. You cannot make your employees and customers happy if you can’t even have happiness inside yourself. Remember that entrepreneurship is not all about money. In fact entrepreneurs have financial freedom. And they are free because they have attained material contentment. So to become a real entrepreneur, you should finally achieve inner peace. You might ask me how to achieve inner peace? Well, it’s just a matter of sacrifice. Let go of your earthly desires!
I hope you have now a clearer idea on how to become a real entrepreneur. It’s tough; yes it is. But that is what makes a true entrepreneur a tough business person. Entrepreneurs even get opportunities from this toughness. That is why they’re always happy and excited.