Many people, in my opinion, were born to be company owners (great entrepreneurs) but are now workers.
They were never taught how to run a business.
If you are one of such folks, you will realize it after reading this essay.
Go through the five characteristics listed below, and if you have three or more of them, you may have what it takes to be a successful company owner.
1. You are tenacious.
Have you ever heard so many motivational speakers talk about perseverance? What exactly is persistence?
Nothing except obstinacy.
You try something, but it fails. Instead of giving up, you try it again.
What you are is obstinate.
Now, if you were ever labelled as a stubborn boy/girl as a child, it's not always a terrible thing.
Almost every successful entrepreneur is obstinate.
2. You despise "regular" things.
So many people are dissatisfied with so many things. Among these complainers are those who despise things remaining the same.
You are blessed to have such a spirit.
People who despise the status quo are the ones who remodel, invent, and develop profitable businesses.
3. You are a challenger.
Some of us may perish as a result of our favourite soccer team. We always want our team to win.
So many people are capable of murdering their romantic rivals.
It might be more than envy; it might also be a competitive attitude.
While it may be harmful, if correctly directed, it may also lead to prosperity.
As a child, I found that I am pretty competitive.
I found that if I competed with any of my friends, I would go to any length to picture myself as a winner, even if it meant doing a few stupid things.
When I vowed to be the most remarkable student in my class, I staked my entire life on it. Even as a 15-year-old lad, I began reading at night, stopped watching TV, playing, and so on, just because I wanted to outperform my classmates in class.
When I was in university, I had a "political party" that was neither formal nor legal; we met in secret, strategized, and campaigned for the position I was pursuing.
On election day, I received more than 80% of all votes cast out of roughly four candidates.
If I have to compete for something, I will put my LIFE into it.
I determined as a teenager that I would never "compete" for females (since I didn't trust myself and would do anything to win any competition).
Today, one of my greatest assets in business is my ability to compete. When I wake up in the morning, I think about people I need to "defeat."
That motivates me to strive harder.
If you discover that you have a competitive spirit, you may be a great entrepreneur if you channel your competitive energy towards business.
4. You enjoy creating stuff.
We all enjoyed making things when we were little. We had a lot of fun organizing, sculpting, and creating things.
It is also evident that most of us have the potential to be entrepreneurs.
Entrepreneurship is all about creating things, whether they be concrete or intangible, software or art.
Creativity is inherent in every one of us, and it is possible to profit from it.
5. You enjoy learning.
So, no matter what other skills you have, you may end up being a nobody if you dislike learning.
I recently spoke with someone who had registered for our business training.
He was telling me why he didn't think he needed to learn more about business. He stated, "I had already begun my business, and I believe I am doing well."
To think in that manner is to die young.
I then told him, "Well, I've been in business for many years, and by God's grace, I've tasted some nice success, but this month, I want to study eight business books."
That is not hyperbole.
If you come to my house today, I will show you at least ten new books that I intend to read and approximately twenty more to purchase shortly.
Most people are unaware that most wealthy individuals on television are avid readers.
Strive Masiyiwa is one of Africa's wealthiest people. When asked how many books he should read each year, he said, "build the potential to read two novels per day."
That is too much for most of us to believe, and I don't expect you to read half of it, but I caution that if you don't create the habit of studying regularly, you will not be among the champions in the future.