Have you ever imagined yourself as an entrepreneur but don’t know if you have what it takes to be labeled as such? Ryan Holmes a CEO of Hootsuite in his LinkedIn article “7 Signs you might be An Entrepreneur” talks about common aspects that successful entrepreneurs have.
This writer chose three most interesting traits which are mostly considered to be harmful and weird to any budding entrepreneur out there.
Restless, control freak and masochist: Being restlessness is a common aspect of an entrepreneur. Holmes argues that entrepreneurs are rarely satisfied by any achievement. He says that, ‘when people reach a goal they think, “I did it! Time to sit back and enjoy it for a while.” He adds, an entrepreneur should say or think, “Great, what’s next?” Regarding the aspect of being a control freak, Holmes says, “Throughout my career I have had to make a conscious effort to strike a balance between controlling my business and letting the talented people around me take the reins.” Holmes says an entrepreneur, “You’ve got to love a little pain and a lot of risk. You’ll struggle for money. You’ll work unimaginable long hours. You’ll be lonely, because while everyone else is out partying or watching movies, you’re tolling away..often alone.”
Not part of the crowd: Most entrepreneurs rarely hang around with their friends and families; they spend most of their time doing business – “especially before the vision has been made a reality,” says Holmes. He adds: “Lots of notable entrepreneurs have even ended up ditching the traditional education system altogether, while it’s not always easy to be the outsider, it’s exactly this quality – seeing things through a different lens from the rest of the world – that can help move society forward and drive innovation.”
Introverted personality: On this aspect, Holmes employs a research from the Academy of Management which proposes that introverts in any work place promote a better team environment than their extroverted peers. “few of the entrepreneurs I know are load or assertive, especially not in big groups or meetings,” he says.