By Nathan Strum
Since a young age, I always knew that I wanted to be involved in the business world. At that stage, I wanted to be a word that I couldn’t even pronounce: entrepreneur.
I just felt it in my bones. I thought to myself, this is what I am meant to do. I could not see myself as an employee or a consumer; I wanted to be someone who revolutionized the business world, and that is what I stuck to. At a young age, I knew that building, growing and creating is what I wanted to do. My passion was just so transparently evident.
Originally, I read Jayson Demers article on Entrepreneur titled, “50 Habits That Prove You Were Born to Be an Entrepreneur.” The list goes on to pinpoint different aspects that signaled early on that I was born to be an entrepreneur. Here are a few from his article. Try to check off how many of these apply to you!
- You can’t sit still. You’re always itching to come up with something, and do something great.
- You’re always coming up with ideas. Good or bad, the flow of ideas never stops.
- You can pinpoint flaws in other ideas. It comes naturally to you.
- You marvel at successful business owners. Steve Jobs, Richard Branson, Mark Zuckerberg and Bill Gates are just a few of your heroes.
- You get excited when you see a successful business in action. Whether it’s a local bar or a supermarket franchise, you can’t help but smile when you see a good business.
- You constantly think of ways to improve your employer’s business. When you’re at work, you only think about how it could be better.
- You hate being told what to do. You’re resentful of taking orders.
- You love to learn new things. How tos and tutorials are what you’re all about.
- You take things apart to see how they work. Remotes, toasters, phones — you love to see the inner workings.
- You dream of wealth. Money isn’t everything, but you can’t help but have it on your mind.
- You don’t give up easily. You face tough challenges but keep going.
- You’re disciplined in your habits. You have set routines that don’t get broken easily.
- You aren’t afraid of hard work. You give everything in your life 100 percent.
- You have a high threshold for risk. You don’t take blind risks, but you don’t stay complacent either.
- You meet as many people as you can. You aren’t afraid to branch out and meet new people.
- You talk to everyone you meet. Strangers aren’t intimidating to you.
- You bounce back from failure. You’ve experienced crushing failure, but it’s never stopped you from coming back.
- You like calling the shots. You like the sound of being a director.
- You set goals for yourself. Big or small, goals fill your life.
- You help people whenever you can. You’re interested in the greater good. How many of these habits rang a bell?