What Does It Take To Be an Entrepreneur?

Over the years countless institutes and individuals have asked the million dollar question. What makes an entrepreneur
an entrepreneur? What traits or characteristics are inherent to a successful entrepreneur and is one born with those
traits? There's great news! Successful entrepreneurs are born every day!

Some people believe an entrepreneur is born while others believe an entrepreneur can be taught. Some believe an
entrepreneur is like an artist -- either you have it or do you don't. Some see entrepreneurs as leaders that are
focused, disciplined, competitive, and charismatic, while others see them as huge risk takers. And all of these
analogies are right to some degree. 

It's true all successful entrepreneurs share a few qualities and skills that allow them to be successful. These
inherent qualities can be taught; but they often seem to be an inherent driving force that sends individuals down the
path of being in business or formally training to for a career in business.

Entrepreneurs see the world differently. They have the ability to see the world as a system. They have the ability to
see something in its entirety and as an integrated unit, and they seem to possess the ability to see opportunity within
the global picture. They are what is called a system thinker. 

There are other characteristics they possess. Entrepreneurs possess an overpowering need to achieve and tend to be very
competitive against themselves. They are continuously trying to outthink themselves and others and they are constantly
looking for the edge. This is a process that occurs as naturally as breathing and is a driving force behind most
entrepreneurs.

They have the determination and dedication to follow through with commitments and they always appear confident and in
control. You'll notice they also possess a positive atmosphere. They are of the mindset "I can," and "I will." They are
not afraid of failure because failure is not in their vocabulary nor is it an option.

They are objective but have the ability to weigh risks realistically within the big picture. They have an uncanny
ability to anticipate developments which gives them the edge on many competitive situations. Entrepreneurs seem to feel
right from their gut, call it instinct. They are a resourceful group that possess excellent problem solving skills and
are able to diligently work through obstacles as they occur. 

Entrepreneurs are excellent communicators and recognize how important clear and concise communication is to their
success. They also possess a sound working knowledge of the business they are involved in.

When it comes to successful entrepreneurs it's a question of what came first, the chicken or the egg. Is it inherent
qualities that we are born with that lead us to be entrepreneurs or is it when we choose to become an entrepreneur that
we develop the skills and qualities of success? That's a question we shall leave to the great debaters to resolve.

What is for certain is that successful entrepreneurs are born every day and that you too can be a successful
entrepreneur by developing the skills of success.