We’ve heard it so many times and in so many flavors: The idea that entrepreneurs are born and not made; or that entrepreneurship is in the person’s DNA structure. Regardless of the way it is articulated, it is my belief that entrepreneurs have many attributes that make them who they are. These include their tolerance and willingness to take risks, ability to be self-taught, leadership skills, motivation, inspiration, passion, creativity, confidence, and commitment. Each one of these mentioned attributes deserves full attention and consideration.
Motivation starts with the almost impossible task of motivating yourself and continues with the ability of motivating others. Motivation occurs when someone persuades, compels, forces or coerces you into doing something. You might be able to motivate yourself, at least initially or in the foreseeable future. What is difficult, and almost impossible to do, is to continuously motivate yourself and others. It takes finding ways to rejuvenate and re-energize for the sole purpose of reaching the end goal and succeeding in what you have set out to do. Starting, running, and growing a business is a daunting task, especially in the early stages. Businesses go through cyclical phases, putting a major damp on entrepreneurs, thereby creating obstacles preventing them from attaining their ultimate goal. Without the element of motivation, more specifically self-motivation, the ups and downs would most certainly put an end to those dreams.
Motivation seems to be always coupled with inspiration. As a matter of fact, motivation coupled with inspiration is the essence behind leadership. Leaders are masters at motivating and inspiring their peers and the groups they lead. Entrepreneurs are masters at motivating and inspiring themselves. Entrepreneurship skills when combined with leadership skills may ultimately be the formula for success, especially when it comes to starting and growing scalable, fast-growth, and explosive businesses.
Inspiration gives entrepreneurs the fire to keep going. Inspiration is what makes entrepreneurs get up every morning, work 18-hour days, and go to bed anxious about starting the next day. Inspiration is entirely self-generated and comes from within and from your why. Successful entrepreneurs love what they do. Each and every day they enjoy what they are doing and that’s why they don’t go to work, they go to play. Entrepreneurs should first and foremost seek what they love to do.
It’s exhilarating to see truly motivated and inspired individuals, especially at this stage of my life. It’s like going back to my college days where I was hungry to learn (and continue to be) followed with the thrill of the first time I dared to start my own business. The stories I hear on a regular basis are inspirational. Entrepreneurs mortgage their homes, take on additional debt, maximize their credit cards, tap into their network of family and friends, and do the impossible for what they believe in. Now, that’s called inspiration! Make no mistake about it, not all entrepreneurs are successful. It takes more than inspiration and motivation to be successful. It takes knowledge, intelligence, coach-ability, ability to execute, ability to be agile, pragmatism, objectiveness, preparedness, and timing, to name a few.
Are you ready to take a plunge into the world of entrepreneurship? It’s all up to you. Find your own way by following your heart. Get inspired and strive to motivate yourself. Help others with their entrepreneurial endeavors, learn, and clear the path for your own success.
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