The word “entrepreneur” gets thrown around a lot. But many people use the word freely without really knowing what the true definition of an entrepreneur really is. Although there are some distinct traits that an entrepreneur should have, the entire definition of an entrepreneur is truly up to interpretation at this point.
It’s not just about starting a new business, having new and fresh ideas, or spinning out a company from research. It’s a mindset, or I guess, a way of thinking. Some of the greatest entrepreneurs of all time, Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, and Tony Robbins, all have one thing in common; they never gave up on what they were passionate about. No matter how many times they failed, they got back up and tried again, whether that was with the same idea presented in a different way or a new vision from scratch.
Being an entrepreneur starts with an idea, but to truly become an entrepreneur, you must go beyond that and find a way to bring your ideas to life. Not only must you start a business, but you must be willing and ready to deal with the roadblocks, failures and pitfalls that will come your way. Entrepreneurs have a strong burning passion for learning new things and new skills that set them apart. As an entrepreneur, you must take your pre-existing talents and skills and apply them to everything around you.
The most important aspect of an entrepreneur is that they are in control of their own destiny. They know their strengths and weaknesses, they are adaptive and flexible, they can tackle problems and work around most issues, and they can always find or forge new paths when it’s necessary.