Becoming an Entrepreneur

       What does it mean to be an Entrepreneur? Most people probably think of Entrepreneurs as a league of their own, people who have a certain ability to network and make money.  Most business owners probably do not consider themselves as an Entrepreneur. The reality is that an Entrepreneur can simply be anyone who owns a business and takes on a big financial risk in order to make it happen. Screw up and downfall can be huge. Get it right and the reward could be enormous.

Why so many screw ups with startups?

So you want to become an Entrepreneur? The first thing you should do is figure out how to obtain your goals that you have set, get a map of sorts to follow. The biggest downfall of any startup is not following a proven map. If someone has already done the leg work and spent the money to reach a similar goal, why would you not follow the same path? Surround yourself with people who have similar goals in mind. Its a lot easier to find the path with a group of people than it is by yourself. Not having a proven map can lead to catastrophic consequences, as startups hit walls that take too long to break down or overlook simple key points as they build their business. Don’t get me wrong there are those startups that blaze the path that no one has ever traveled. But, also realize they didn’t do it without a ton of road blocks along the way. The amount of failed startups can definitely create a setback for some and cause others to never start. That leap into the unknown is part of why starting a business and being an Entrepreneur is an expedition.

Is being an Entrepreneur a lifestyle?

Being an Entrepreneur is most definitely a type of lifestyle. Its a lifestyle that allows you to tweak it to your liking. From personal experience, I have seen many business owners who don’t associate themselves as Entrepreneurs and therefore they do not make it as part of their lifestyle. Their daily routines seem to only drag them from day to day, hoping that costumers keep paying their bills. The glass is all of a sudden half empty instead of half full. Stress overwhelms them as they are understaffed and overwhelmed. Their small business will always be a small business, like a young tree that wasn’t watered enough. Their growth will stunt and any possible dreams of a bigger future will never come to fruition.

Becoming an Entrepreneur will take dedication, persistence, endurance, faith, and patients. You have to be prepared for long nights and a packed schedule. This is not for the faint of heart, if it was then everyone would be doing it. In the end, what matters is that you stay true to you and who you are.