So you’ve noticed an entrepreneurial fire burning. It’s too hot to put out, but not yet hot enough to fuel you marching confidently into your boss’ office with a big can of shut up juice.
How do you deal?
It can take a while to fully embrace your entrepreneurial spirit after that first inkling that you may want to do your own thing. It’s perfectly natural. Healthy, even. Here are some tips to help you along the way.
- Let it grow, let it grow – Your personal passion is, more than anything, the ingredient that drives you to be successful. Find out what truly motivates you. Give it a little water, time and room to develop. When it’s all-consuming, then you know you are ready to move forward in whatever endeavor you choose.
- Map it out – Think about what your ideal work scenario looks like, and then work backwards from there to determine what it will take to achieve it. Stay out of the weeds, though; just a 30,000-foot view to start.
- Talk it out – Start telling family and friends about your dreams, if you haven’t already. Find a professional mentor, ideally another entrepreneur. Get their feedback and ideas. Collect the helpful input. Ignore the rest. *Don’t include your boss if you plan on keeping your day job while you work to start something on the side.
- Take a long, hard look in the mirror – List out relevant skills you have and what skills you may need to acquire. Think about your shortcomings (yes, there are some – think harder) and how you will deal with challenges that could lie ahead in your entrepreneurial path, because it’s not all smooth and flat.
- Stay positive – You won’t ever get off the ground if you suppress your enthusiasm and optimism for owning your own business, or let others rain on your parade. Be willing to listen to sound advice from others, but most importantly, believe in yourself as a good investment.
- Don’t leap too soon – Get your mind right and your stuff together before you go asking for money or signing up customers. Your house of cards is not nearly as cool as Frank Underwood’s.
An entrepreneurial spirit means different things to different people, but most will agree it starts and stops within ourselves, and is a valuable trait under any circumstance.
- “Entrepreneurial spirit is a mindset. It’s an attitude and approach to thinking that actively seeks out change, rather than waiting to adapt to change. It’s a mindset that embraces critical questioning, innovation, service and continuous improvement.” – Jacquelyn Smith, Forbes.com
- “You don’t need to own a multi-billion dollar business or start the next Facebook to exhibit the qualities of having the entrepreneurial spirit. It’s something you exhibit every day in how you approach your life and career. It develops in the individuals who demonstrate a true passion for building something great from nothing and they are willing to push themselves to the limits to achieve big goals.” – Matt Ehrlichman, Founder and CEO, Porch
- “They tend to be adventuresome, hardworking, and unafraid of failure. They’re innovative, have good ideas and are willing to try new things. And they work best in an environment that allows them to flourish.” – Steve Van Andel, Chairman of Amway
What does it mean to you?