Successful entrepreneurship is not only about creation of ideas, it is all about sustainability overtime. It is not only about computers and internet businesses (Apple, Dell, Amazon or eBay) there is more yet to be unravelled and uninvented.
How familiar are you with famous entrepreneurs from around the world?
The likes of Sweden’s Ingvar Kamprad (retail), the Netherland’s Gerard Adrian Heineken (brewing) or Chile’s Don Melchor de Santiago Concha y Toro and his wife Emiliana Suber Caseaux (wineries) or Japan’s Takeshi Mitarai ( electronics).
What traits does all these men and women all possess in common?
- Risk takers,
- Exceptional Leaders – one who never give up, and a great source of inspiration to others.
Among and beyond the above listed traits, the major common traits every successful entrepreneur possesses is an entrepreneurial mindset ( Brännback and Carsrud 2009).
Every entrepreneur would one day hope to experience a sense of the excitement of creating a new venture, the joy of making their first sale, scaling through the the challenge of hiring staff, growing beyond the pains and the fear of failure, the agony of planning, and the ultimate satisfaction when you look at what you have created as an entrepreneur.
But the life of entrepreneur is a risk taking journey. One of the joys of becoming an entrepreneur is that some times you cannot only challenge the rules, but sometimes also get a chance to break them.
An Anglican Bishop Alan Wilson has noted: if nobody ever experimented with going ahead of the rules, the rules would never change and that’s the evolutionary process.
Sigmund Freud was able to demonstrate that both dreams and words can have various meanings. As with all words and dreams, they come with both good and bad connotations. The word “dream” is most likely related to the Germanic draugmus, (meaning deception, illusion or phantom) or the Norse draugr ( ghost, apparition) or even the Sanskrit Druh (seek to harm or injure).
Have you ever wondered whether your entrepreneurial dream could become one of these stories?
Elias Howe (1819 – 1867) was reported to have said that the inspiration for his invention of the sewing machine came from a dream about being attacked by cannibals bearing spears that looked like the needle he then designed for his machine. Similarly Nikola Tesla is said to have been able to imagine a device in his mind’s eye and then build it without ever having to write anything down, certainly an interesting form of “day dreaming”.
Personally, sometime ago, I had a vision about the making of reusable sanitary towels. We realized over the years that so many girls especially in the local villages and the less privilege use things that are not protective which makes them prone to infections by reason of their inability to afford the disposable pad.
This was a need I discovered and as an entrepreneur, seeking to proffer solution to it is what the entrepreneurs mindset entails. Having that dream and be determined to make it a reality is the goal as an entrepreneur.
What all successful entrepreneurs, men and women have in common is begin entrepreneurs mindset. It all begin with their innate abilities, couple with their acquired skills and in combination with that brilliant idea or discovered need within their immediate environment that they’ve resolve to proffer solution to and the ability to market their ideas to the world ultimately is what entrepreneurship is all about.