I am a firm believer that everything happens for a reason … even bad things. You’ve heard the old saying, “What doesn’t kill you will only make you stronger.” Well that statement couldn’t ring more true. When I do seminars or training, even after I go through my entire presentation, it never fails that I will have at least one person come and ask me “How will I know if I have what it takes to become a successful entrepreneur?” My answer is always the same “Success is ready for you. The real question is are YOU ready for success?”
People often want to know what the definition of success is. Well, that depends on whom you ask. The definition in Webster’s Dictionary is: The achievement of something desired, planned, or attempted. I think that’s a good start. My definition of success may be different from your definition because “success” in any form holds a different connotation for everyone.
Will becoming an entrepreneur make you successful? Well that’s a question that only you can answer. I know women who are stay at home moms whose sole purpose is to raise their children and take care of their families. To them this is an accomplishment and it therefore makes them successful. I know of others who are desperate to rise up the corporate ladder. Once they get there they feel a sense of accomplishment and to them, they are successful. By definition, I have achieved success. I’ve achieved several things that I have set out or attempted to do, however, I have not realized the level of success that I am yearning for.
For me, as a business consultant, my success is not measured by how successful I have personally become but by how successful I make my clients. I know that when people hire me as their consultant they are hiring me because they know that I have a vested interest in their future. Why? Because my livelihood as a consultant depends on the success of my clients. So as you can see again, the definition of success to one person may be different than that of another.
I had someone ask me last week at a presentation I did for the Library what was my definition of an entrepreneur. I had to think for a moment but my answer was basically that an entrepreneur is someone who is willing to take risk, both calculated and uncalculated. Entrepreneurs throw caution to the wind and dance to their own beat versus that of others. The dictionary says an entrepreneur is a person who organizes, operates, and assumes the risk for a business venture.
Now when you put the definition of success and entrepreneur together you get this: a successful entrepreneur is a person who achieves and plans out organizing, operating, and assuming the risk for a business venture. Are you a successful entrepreneur? If you’re not I hope you plan on becoming one!