In my career I have heard many theories as to what drives successful entrepreneurs. Do they have this sixth sense that others lack? Is it genetic or are they wired for success? To start to get to the answer I would like to tell you a bit about my life. For my entire life I have been surrounded by entrepreneurs. My father and uncle began a successful home restoration company over 25 years ago and is still growing today. My brother built one of the most integrated auto service companies in his industry. Several of my close friends also run and prosper their own businesses from your traditional bricks and mortar businesses, to highly integrated e-business offering products and services of all nature. So what is the driving force behind myself and all these people? What makes entrepreneurs different from everyone else?
Becoming a successful entrepreneur isn’t about finding the hottest market, or having the greatest intellect in your field. It’s not about the degree you obtained or the level of education you have. Others will tell you that successful people are lucky, or they had a special edge in life. I have heard it said that entrepreneurs keep going because if they don’t, they wouldn’t eat, or wouldn’t pay their bills. Being a successful entrepreneur isn’t about any of these rational beliefs. Being a successful entrepreneur is about having the passion and belief deep inside about what business you choose. A belief that nothing will keep you from the vision you have set for yourself.
I have recently been working with an entrepreneur who has a thriving men’s grooming lounge. This was the first of its kind in Ontario, Canada and has had rave reviews and attracted an exclusive clientele. Over the past three years he has had to overcome many obstacles to creating his vision and now his business is in the next phase of evolution. What is interesting is that he isn’t educated in business, and has never run a multi-million dollar company. He came from his industry as a barber and learned along the way. What is most important is he had a vision of what he wanted to offer to others. A feeling deep inside that he believed needed to come to life.
It is never easy to chase your passions in life. We believe that we are not the best at what we do and struggle with finding the perfect way to start. The biggest lesson an entrepreneur learns is that there is never a perfect way to succeed. The edge that they have is the knowledge that failing isn’t the barrier, the barrier is not being able to recover from failing. When times get tough, and the pressure is high, they go deep inside. Back to the core of why they are doing what they do. The ability to validate why they are on their path comes from deep within because they are doing what they were meant to do.
This unstoppable force is what keeps them going beyond any rational understanding or process. This ability is in each and every one of us, sitting and waiting to be unleashed. You can recognize it as a sense that there is more out there for you to do, or another way you can exist in the world. Whatever stage you are at in your life or business, there is always deeper potential to be accessed. You only need to ask and find the skills to connect with it.
True success is not a gamble or game of chance. Others around you will always have reasons to doubt their abilities and potential. They lack the skills and understanding to truly make sustainable changes. Success is a complete change in perspective and orientation.