By Glenn Beach
I recently took an entrepreneurial quiz which evaluated my answers and
informed me I would do best as a hired hand! So why am I a successful home
business owner? Because I've learned to fill the holes in my entrepreneurial
style, and compensate for my deficiencies.
Let's start with a list of
qualities that might benefit someone working for him/herself:
Ability to see the big picture and plan accordingly;
3. Ability to use time wisely;
4. At minimum, a
moderate drive to achieve;
8. A feeling of control over your own destiny;
Having (energy) drive and enterprise;
10. Motivation to grow;
Sense of intuition;
12. Ability to spot opportunities;
14. Problem-solving abilities;
As an example, let's look at John Doe. John has
an excellent nose for a good opportunity; he drives his wife crazy with
always turning everything into a new business idea. He's not afraid to make a
decision and take the risk. He has a huge drive to achieve; he wants to be
rich! John is confident that he can accomplish everything he sets out to
Then the reality of the rest of John sets in. He's not real good
in the follow-through; as a matter of fact, he starts one business only to
come up with another, and yet another, idea over and over. He writes up
proposal after proposal, and always stumbles over the concrete
details, such as turning goals and visions into action plans,
and projecting budgets. He starts and stops, never stopping long enough to
evaluate and plan ahead for the success of the next venture.
could benefit from postponing his next decision until he hones his
problem-solving skills a bit. He needs to understand where he's gone wrong
and plan for success the next time. John also could put his vision for his
work and his life down on paper, and learn to use this vision to help
choose opportunities that are in sync with his financial and career
John is confusing working hard with getting ahead. He needs to
continually evaluate the tasks he is engaged in to determine if he is,
indeed, using his time wisely.
And lastly, John would learn a lot from
finding a business opportunity that would combine teamwork,
successful strategies and skill building to encourage him to apply his
abundant perseverance to ONE business until he succeeds.
John can look
at this list and see how one strength could compensate for another weakness.
If he wasn't very decisive, he could be spared many a bad quick
decision, and strong problem solving skills could bring an
eventual understanding of the right path for HIM. What he lacked in
self-confidence could be made up for with social skills that enabled him to
work well with a mentor or a knowledgeable team. Lack of enterprise or drive
could mean he isn't cut out for over-the-counter or door-to-door retail
sales. But he might shine in the backroom day-in- day-out details of getting
a job done, or in website-based business.
Oh yeah...and John could
also listen to his wife, and just give it all a rest at least one day a
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