Updated: September 30, 2020
A friend went to a coffee shop one morning and after he gave his order, the barista asked him, “Going to work, sir?”
With a stern face, my friend replied, “Going to change the world.”
The barista, who was probably caught off guard with my friend’s reply, just smiled. And then answered, “Kaya pala double tall latte yung drink niyo. Good luck po.”
Upon hearing that story from him, I couldn’t help but think that only an entrepreneurial mind can come up with such a claim that they’re off to change the world.
And I would agree, entrepreneurs have been changing the world throughout history.
Thomas Edison, Henry Ford, Bill Gates, Steve Jobs — these are just a few of the millions of entrepreneurs who have helped shape how we live our lives today.
What does it take to be an entrepreneur?
For many decades, people have been trying to figure out what it takes for someone to be an entrepreneur.
Is there a type of personality that you need to have? What traits and temperament must you exhibit to say that you’re cut out to be an entrepreneur?
After having met hundreds of them, I can honestly say that there is no absolute way to pick them out from a crowd. That’s because their personalities, educational background, and life experiences are very diverse.
Thus, I believe entrepreneurship cannot be predetermined by one’s character. And therefore, I conclude that anyone can be an entrepreneur.
However, this doesn’t mean that you can instantly become one just by deciding to be one. You don’t become an entrepreneur by simply claiming the title.
How does one become an entrepreneur?
There is an ongoing romanticism about entrepreneurship. That these people are revolutionaries and forward thinkers; that they are massively creative and passionate about providing solutions to social problems.
This kind of presentation has, unfortunately, discouraged some individuals to pursue entrepreneurship. Because they don’t see themselves as a rebel and a forward thinker; that they’re not creative and passionate enough to effect social change.
In fact, most people simply want to start a business and make money.
But here’s good news. As there are really no qualifiers that can determine who would make a good entrepreneur, then you can safely set aside those notions and just focus on finding good opportunities that you’re willing to work hard for.
Dreamers and World Changers
If there’s one thing I must say about all entrepreneurs, it would be that they are all dreamers. They dream of a better life for themselves, for their family, for others, and yes sometimes, for the world.
They all start with a dream and a commitment to make that dream a reality.
And in that process of hard work, that’s when and how they become rebels and forward thinkers. That’s when they begin to harness their creativity and discover their passion.
You don’t have to be a certain type of person to become an entrepreneur, anyone can be one. Just find a good opportunity that you’re willing to work hard for and you’re already one step closer to changing the world.