Sometimes, it can seem like entrepreneurs are
endowed with an extra gene born with a superpower that makes them
different and more innovative than other people. But, it’s simply not
There is no difference between the brain composition of an
entrepreneur and a non-entrepreneur. The entrepreneur has simply trained
their brain to adopt certain mindsets that make them approach the world
in a creative way. Are you ready to think differently?
Here are four vital traits of good entrepreneurs you can adopt:
1. They make lemonade out of lemons.
It’s been said that “necessity is the mother of invention.” For an
entrepreneur, when they see a problem or inefficiency, their mind
quickly begins constructing creative solutions. This is how they are
inspired to create innovative products or services.
For instance, did you know that the first can opener wasn’t
invented until about 50 years after the can? After years of opening cans
with hammers and chisels, it took someone with an entrepreneurial
spirit to invent a tool to streamline the process. While the first can
opener didn’t take off right away, the design eventually eventually
evolved into the modern can opener which is still used today.
Seeing opportunities in everyday obstacles is a typical trait of
entrepreneurs. Who knows what you might dream up if you shift your
mindset to one of opportunity!
2. They put an emphasis on improvement.
As motivational speaker Jim Rohn puts it, “Your level of success,
will rarely exceed your level of personal development, because success
is something you attract by the person you become.”
A true entrepreneur isn’t the type to shrug and say “good enough”.
They are constantly trying to improve their lives and the world around
them in any and every way possible.
To foster self improvement, an entrepreneur might keep a work log
or journal in which they detail what they do throughout the days and the
results of their efforts. Over time, they will be able to look back and
notice trends in their productivity and what types of efforts are
yielding the best results. This might allow them to shift their schedule
or change processes in ways that streamline their work and make them
more effective. They’re constantly thinking of ways to not necessarily
reinvent the wheel, but to make it roll a little more smoothly.
3. They’re not afraid of uncertainty.
One of the key traits of entrepreneurship is comfort with
uncertainty. Measures skills and behaviors associated with being able to
move a business agenda forward in the face of uncertain and ambiguous
For entrepreneurs, fear and faith cannot coexist. This doesn’t mean
that they are reckless or unaware of risk. It’s more that they have
such an inherent belief in what they are doing that they are able to
power through these obstacles. They are able to zero in on their dreams
and desires to the point where they are so focused that fear cannot hold
To adopt a fearless mindset, entrepreneurs need to have extremely
clear goals. This allows them to map out a plan for how to attain them.
Yes, they may veer off track at points, but ultimately they are able to
stick to their conviction and move forward confidently in the direction
of their dreams.
4. They give freely.
What goes around comes back around. As an entrepreneur, there’s plenty of value in adopting a mindset of generosity. Generosity might be one of the biggest keys to success for big businesses like Nordstrom and Netflix. This is true for a smaller scale, too. Entrepreneurs know that when they give to others, they are investing in themselves, too. For instance, if they act as a mentor to someone less experienced, they recognize that they stand to gain perspective on their own career, and that their mentee could potentially turn into a great employee or colleague at a later point. However, entrepreneurs recognize that sometimes the benefits of generosity are intangible. It’s more about good karma. By treating people with respect and being open to helping them, entrepreneurs are more likely to receive support in return when they need it.