Entrepreneurship is not for everyone; it takes a rare and unique skill set that very few actually possess. Yes, in 2012 there are more self-proclaimed entrepreneurs and attempted ventures than at any other time in history - which is undoubtedly a good thing. But how many of these people are made of the good stuff - the same qualities that the Titans of Industry before us possessed?
The king of the kings, the best of the best, the 1% of the 1% – whatever way you want to describe it. Out of every generation emerges a group of power players that change and control the world we live in. They are success-bound entrepreneurs and they are the pagagon predators of our society. Some of these pioneers have already emerged in Generation-Y, but there are many more to come. Are you a success-bound entrepreneur? If you have the following traits, then welcome to the most Elite community on earth. Here are the top 10 signs that you are destined for entrepreneurial glory:
1. You have more confidence than anyone else in the room.
We have yet to meet an entrepreneur that, even slightly, lacks confidence. In fact, most of them could be perceived as entitled narcissists. "Believing in yourself" is great advice for the 99% of the world, but if you're one of us, your confidence is much greater than this idea. You're simply counting down the days until you rule the world.
Hell, its proven that confident entrepreneurs do “it” better. Honestly, if you don’t believe in yourself, don’t expect anyone else to. Remember that every great entrepreneur must overcome failures and discouraging obstacles before reaching success and, when dealing with failure, our type just gets right back up; we can never be discouraged.
2. You've got clout.
You intrinsically know how to connect the dots. You pull together partnerships out of the most unlikely places. You are great at making connections and you retain these contacts well, which eventually leads you to having an impressive self-made network of people that could someday help you reach your goals. Influence, whether learned or second-nature, is essential to take your business from zero to hero.
3. Forget long weekends down at the shore - you would rather be establishing yourself or making money.
Let's face it, federal holidays just aren’t that cool. The days of staring at your calendar restlessly, counting down the days to your next escape from school work, are long gone. By now, you devote your time to establishing yourself. Time is the most valuable commodity and you realize that if you are going to be the most successful person out there, results need to come now.
These days, your schedule is yours and federal holidays just aren’t what they were once built up to be. If you’re location independent, you can “work” from anywhere. And chances are you've already partied hard and have great stories to tell from past experiences that will always beat your friends' tales.
In an interview with Elite Daily, Mark Cuban described the time in his life when he had to go through this:
MicroSolutions. My first company. I worked 20 hours a day. I didn’t take a vacation for 7 years. I didn’t even take the time to read a fiction book. It was all about work, [until] I sold it...
4. You find sleep to be a waste of time
Once you find your “hustle” and “flow," you decide to rest when your body needs it. But inspiration at 3am is an adrenaline rush. Who has time to sleep at a startup? No one. Grab a pillow and take a nap over there, under your desk. Whether you're a night owl or a morning person, you enjoy those hours when everyone else is asleep and you can use that time to get a couple steps ahead everyone else.
5. You'd gladly work for free in the beginning if an opportunity looks promising
You are motivated beyond the paycheck — in short-term at least. Yes, wealth is a major aspect of success, but that is the long-term goal. You realize that you have to put the work in before reaping the rewards, and you're fine with that. Especially if the venture is something that has the potential to be very lucrative in the future, like a startup company...and all businesses were once startups. Successful entrepreneurs have all gladly done what they love for free at the beginning of their careers. Passion doesn’t really seem like “work.”
Some people dream of success while others wake up and work hard at it (Anonymous).
6. As a natural-born leader, you like to run things.
You like to be in control, in command, to manage, to organize…whichever phrase helps you sleep a bit easier at night. You’re a general on the battlefield. If you don’t agree, why did you choose entrepreneurship? I’d wager that your responses will include some degree of control or power – of your finances, future, time, etc. Chances are that this is a quality that has been prevalent in you since the playground days. And since then, you have always stuck out from the pack as a leader.
7. Things can always get better...and you make sure they do.
You’re motivated to outperform yourself and others. Your standards are high and your talk can write a check that anyone can cash. While perfection is unattainable to others, you’re pretty bent on getting close. Whether it be competitiveness, perfectionism, or innovation, they are in your blood. You are also constantly looking to maximize performance, efficiency, and profitability in whatever endeavor you're involved in.
8. You’re very independent, often to the point where you cannot work for someone else.
Often classified as independent, maybe you suck at office politics and were known to “rock the boat.” Either way, why fool around on the playground when you can own the land it sits on? The experience and life skills that an entrepreneur gains trumps a 9-5 any damn day of the week. Whether it be the monotony or the mediocrity, the cubicle is not for you. Maybe it's the fact that everyone seems to choose this path. Whatever the case, there are animals that can be domesticated and there are beasts that can never be controlled. You are the latter.
9. Sense of style
If you are working on some business, you have no problem working in your pajamas. But when it's time to impress, you make sure that you are the best looking person in the room. Presentation, presentation, presentation.
10. There is just something about you...
The Startup Centre’s Vijay Anand reminds us that we “have the innate ability to create something out of nothing. What is stuck in our head most times is a reality that is only relevant and known to us and no one else quite gets it.” I’d say that’s a pretty astute assumption. But the genius-madness complex that exists in the best entrepreneurs is a redeeming quality, one that most of the world wishes they had.
Ryan Babikian | Elite.