What It Takes To Be An Entrepreneur

Why Do People Become Entrepreneurs?

Written by Jay Shapiro for Gaebler Ventures

What is it that inspires one person to turn an idea into a lucrative reality and another to dismiss it as unfeasible? Is entrepreneurism in the blood?

Being an entrepreneur can be a life of constant stress and work.

There is never a moment to lose, and never enough time in a day. Ideas could well be coming all the time, and sometimes the way forward is not clear. Money is not guaranteed, so why do people become entrepreneurs?

One argument for following this potentially miserable life is money. Many jobs will not make you rich, and starting your own business is one way to achieve wealth. This cannot be guaranteed however, as most businesses fail. Yet, it is the faith an entrepreneur has in his idea that will make him/her do everything possible to make it more than reality, but to make it pay.

Faith, or a belief that an idea is a sound one will make the entrepreneur peruse it at all costs. This can be self destructive, or a path to glory. An attitude of 'nothing to lose' even if there is prevails. Perhaps, an entrepreneur has faith in him or herself rather than just faith in their ideas. Perhaps the two are interconnected.

Other circumstances may make the entrepreneur who they are. Perhaps they have no outlet for a better life unless they create it. The web is here and established and this makes starting businesses a lot easier, and thus their potential for success has arguably increased slightly. The entrepreneur has emerged because there is simply no other option.

Perhaps it is a spirit that flows through a person that makes an entrepreneur what they are. They just see opportunities and look at ways to maximise their potential. There is something to them, a glint in the eye that makes an entrepreneur an entrepreneur. It is their calling, and they simply do not have a choice about it.

The challenge could be why entrepreneurs are born. Turning an idea into business is no easy task, and a sense of satisfaction may occur once they have. The success, and the pursuit of it, is why they are who they are.

It could be one, or it could be all of these things, perhaps it is different from person to person. Whatever the reason, the need to turn an idea into something tangible seems to be inside people, and it is something that needs to come out and take form. The entrepreneur has been around a long time, securing the best deals, and in all probability, has been doing this long before the basics of economics were invented. In fact, economics was probably invented by an entrepreneur!

Perhaps something that keeps an entrepreneur doing what they do, is the fact that some people, quite a lot of people, have made money from exploiting ideas that they have had, and this begs the question, "If they can do it why can't I?" The answer is, there is no reason.

Persistence is King for an entrepreneur, and they should never have a fear of failing. Should one idea not work, then another is around the corner to take its place.

Jay Shapiro is a freelance writer based in the UK. Jay has a particular interest in the emotive aspects of the entrepreneur's character. "Alongside the nuts and bolts of business, the character of the person is often the ingredient responsible for success."

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