Born to start a business
"They don't wait to gain enough experience, graduate college or get someone's permission first," Palmer told BusinessNewsDaily. "The entrepreneurship bug is something that you can't get out of you, and if you have it, it will surface very early in life."
Intense work ethic
"They all work 12-hour days at least twice a week," DePhillips said. "That's not to say that they don't take time off or go on vacation, but when they're working, they're in the zone."
"Entrepreneurs are always thinking and coming up with creative ideas," Conway said. "Each day is a new adventure for entrepreneurs, as they are constantly dreaming and creating new ventures in their minds."
Tolerance for ambiguity
"Born entrepreneurs can handle the tension of the unknown, take action in the face of uncertainty, and embrace surprise," Luna told BusinessNewsDaily. "Nonentrepreneurs have a much greater need for safety and certainty, which can be really crippling for companies that want to innovate and iterate." True entrepreneurs crave uncertainty, she said.
"They thrive in situations where anything can happen and there is no map with X marking success," she said.
Hatred for working for someone else
"It's someone who hates working for someone else," Khalifa said. "They don't understand why they should work hard to build someone else's dream when they can work hard building their own."
As a result, Khalifa said entrepreneurs are willing to put in the hours to create something for themselves doing something they love.
"They realize that even if they're not good at what they do, at least they love doing it," he said.
Always seeing potential
"That means whether they are buying a company that isn't doing well, and can see the potential to turn it around, or even as a young kid being able to see the potential in selling snacks to a bunch of hungry kids on the bus," Tardy said. "They can see these opportunities that many aren't looking for."
Desire to make things better
"You might hear them say, 'They'd have more sales if they were more visible to the street,' or 'I love this product, but they need to improve their packaging'," Johnson said. "It can be fun, or a bit of a curse."
Willingness to get your hands dirty
"A born entrepreneur won't shy away from doing the grunt work," Tadewaldt told BusinessNewsDaily. She said they understand that having a full grasp of every aspect of their business is required to optimize processes and be a good manager.
Ability to solve problems
"They are not just naturals at coming up with solutions to problems," Kile said. "They also tend to identify problems before many people even see them, and then get the jump on creating that solution."
Willingness to fail
"The important outcome of this failure is that the entrepreneur learns something vital to their business or target market, and moves forward from that failure," Parker said.
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