Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They’re not fond of rules and they have no respect for the status quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them. The only thing you can’t do is ignore them because they change things. They push the human race forward. While some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.
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Entrepreneurs generally get a bad rep. We are deemed to be the misfits. The dreamers. The rebels. The crazy ones.
As proven by countless of brilliant minds that dared to challenge the status quo, all it takes is one person to believe in you – YOURSELF.
Entrepreneurship is not all sunshine and rainbows, and there will be people who will not believe in your dream.
There will be people who will strive to put you down.
It takes thousands of hours behind the scenes to make it successful.
Entrepreneurs are of a different breed.
The 4 main points highlighted are what thought leaders and successful entrepreneurs have vouched for.
These are what makes the entrepreneurial DNA. These are what makes the misfits the ones crazy enough for change.
#1. Entrepreneurs are able to see opportunities
They are the ones which look at the opposite direction from where others are running towards. They are the ones which are willing to cause disruption with the purpose of hacking the current process and make it better.
#2. Entrepreneurs are constantly inquisitive
There is always the need to explore. The inner curiosity of a child never dies in an entrepreneur – it just matures into a much bigger dream. Entrepreneurs never fail to stop learning. They never accept the status quo to be the one and only way to do things. The need to challenge things and improve themselves, the process and change the world are what drives entrepreneurs to do what they do. To wake up in the morning, excited, pumped and passionate about working on their project. Entrepreneurs are builders. Entrepreneurs are innovators. Entrepreneurs are explorers.
#3. Entrepreneurs are tenacious in nature
Entrepreneurship is tough. It takes hours of research, persistence, tenacity, and a strong belief in your idea to be a successful entrepreneur. There will be days where you doubt yourself as an entrepreneur. There will be days where you feel that your idea is not as great as you thought it was on the first day. There will be days where other people will laugh and disapprove of your idea. But, that is what all successful entrepreneurs went through. Hundreds if not thousands of rejections, failed attempts, pivoting, growing and learning before reaching their big break. Entrepreneurs are survivors – the true meaning of tenacity.
#4. Entrepreneurs know it starts from within
Ask any entrepreneur this, “What is your story?” and watch how the passion flows in their words. Entrepreneurs know it starts from within. It goes beyond making a hefty sum out of their venture. It is the voice in their head and the thumping in their hearts that tells them it is what needs to be done to make the world a better place.
Here are a few thought leaders who time and time again, have shown the same pattern in the traits of entrepreneurs.
Cameron Herold on entrepreneurial kids – Tenacity, Opportunistic
In this video, Cameron sheds light on how entrepreneurs are distinguishable from a young age and should not be forced into the mould required by societal standards.
He then proceeds to mention brilliant methods as to how we can instil the entrepreneurial mindset of being tenacious and opportunistic (among others) to the children of our age.
Simon Sinek on inspirational leaders – It comes from within
Simon repeatedly says, “People don’t buy what you do, they buy why you do it” and if we let this sink in, we will understand that in every thing we do well, it is from something manifesting from within.
Everybody has something to sell (or say), but what really gets people hooked and inspired are the people that speak from the heart and sell with the purpose to resolving an underlying issue the world faces.
Sir Richard Branson on how the need to explore changed his life
Entrepreneurs are generally inquisitive in nature. They would always question what they know, question what others know, and question what the Universe thinks it knows.
There will always be a way to improve, either in small ways or in game-changing ways emulating Sir Branson and his Virgin empire.
How he went from a kid who barely knew a word of English, to a multi-billionaire. He was always seeking to learn new things. To try new things with the fearless nature and willingness to fail.
These inspirational videos have sculpted our mindset to understand how amazing entrepreneurs think, how they were as children, how they became as successful as they are today and the ways they are changing the world we live in.
These are leaders. These are the people willing to break the mould. These are the people who are revolutionising the way we do things.
As mentioned by Steve Jobs, we can choose to glorify or vilify them, but you can never ignore them.