The question came as a bit of a surprise. “How did you know you were an Entrepreneur?”
I had to think about this. Was it my desire to have things I couldn’t afford? Like when I was 12 and started a poster distribution business out of my bedroom. Remember those huge posters of beautiful places to decorate a traditional 80’s bedroom? I wanted them but couldn’t afford them. I realized if I ordered these posters for my friends and became a distributor that I would get mine for free. As a bonus, sometimes the company made errors and I had a surplus to sell!
Was it when I took the aptitude test that suggested I become a roofer? Just because I wanted to be outside, didn’t mind schlepping, and wasn’t afraid of heights… Or the career consultant who believed a sensible choice for me would be in a secretarial role. Just nothing creative—it would be too hard.
My job at Elle Magazine as a photo editor gave me a lot of freedom to express my ideas. But still, something was always missing. Upon further examination I arrived at three facts about me:
- I had a lot of ideas with which my bosses didn’t necessarily agree.
- I want to be the boss.
- I want to change the world.
Voila! Here I am. I’ve been an Entrepreneur almost my entire professional career. Once you overcome the fear of taking the plunge, you’ll realize it is a great lifestyle. To be fair, it is a lot of work but the rewards are fantastic.
When you want to make a change, the first step is knowing where you want to end up. If you are wondering if deep down you are an Entrepreneur too, here are some signs you may be one of us:
- You constantly question the way things are done. You may have thoughts like this: “I understand the entire budget needs to be spent by the end of the year so we can be allocated to get the same amount next year. But it makes no sense to spend it without a clear objective.. Why not instead…?”
- You want to be known for something—something that makes the world better, improves a life, makes anything easier. You see yourself on a stage speaking about how amazing your journey was to get there.
- You can’t help but stand out. And frankly, the thought of being a part of something is great in theory, you know the spot at the top is held by one person. You, and you alone, should be there.
- You experience a steady flow of ideas in your head. You play scenarios through, trace forms with your fingers, fiddle, fix, draw, and terrorize your friends with yet another exciting idea you have.
- You are presently suffering from being painfully mediocre, and can’t shake the feeling that greatness slumbers inside of you. Is it a blessing or a curse that you are just so-so at many things? This is a great sign you are an Entrepreneur. Many of the most successful Entrepreneurs failed to shine on the paths they walked before. They only soar when mapping their own trails.
How did you realize you were meant to be an Entrepreneur? Please tell us all how you knew you were ready to make the switch. I can’t wait to hear about your Aha! moments.