Wednesday, February 14, 2007


By Ari Satriyo Wibowo

Ask yourself this question, is being an entrepreneur in your blood? What will your family think? How will you finance the business without draining your personal saving? Will you be a success? But before you travel any farther down the path to get your business started, put thoughts about “the business” on hold. There’s something more important to think about first. We know a way to help you answer all those questions you’re asking yourself and replace some of your doubt and uncertainty with confidence. And it has nothing to do with business or your idea for that business or invention--- yet.

On the contrary, what we propose is something that’s all too often overlooked by people thinking about tarting up their own business.It’s called your life. That’s right. We want you to focus first on what you really want out of this new life you are about to create. Why do we propose planning a life before planning a business? We believe that you’ll be most fulfilled by running your own show if you create a business that draws on what you really enjoy doing. You’re going to spend a lot of time and energy to make a success of your new business. If you enjoy the work, you won’t regret spending that time.

Using this approach, you’ll find that the more you enjoy your work, the harder you’re going to want to work. The harder you work, the closer you come to success. So, plan your life before you’ve even researched your idea or written a business plan. An entrepreneur is a person who has decided to take control of his future and become self-employed—whether by creating his own unique business or working as a member of a "team," as in multi-level marketing.

There are several character traits and work ethics that are common to successful entrepreneurs. Entrepreneurs are careful about money. They always know how much money they have. They know the value and cost of things so they can recognize a real bargain. Most entrepreneurs earned money when they were teenagers — babysitting, mowing lawns, delivering newspapers, selling flowers etc.

Entrepreneurs are competitive by nature. Many were active in sports and other competitions in high school and college. Others were competitive in wanting to make good grades, earn the respect of their parents and teachers and achieve their goals. Entrepreneurs believe in the old adage, "the early bird gets the worm." They sleep and eat enough to maintain their energy levels but they don't usually linger over nonproductive tasks. Entrepreneurs are risk-takers who trust their hunches and act on them.Taking risks can be small first steps, like placing your first ad in a mailorder publication.

Entrepreneurs have a "head for business." They are always thinking of new ideas and new ways to make money or increase their business. They are not afraid to put these ideas to use. Entrepreneurs are usually loners rather than joiners. That's one reason why the home-based, mailorder business is so appealing to many entrepreneurs. They prefer a solitary work environment. Entrepreneurs are usually honorable people who do business based on a handshake or a promise. They tend to form strong associations with others who share this work ethic.

Entrepreneurs do set aside time for leisure activities and family. Their principal form of relaxation is their work, but they do realize the importance of downtime and spend time with their family. Entrepreneurs don't retire. They may sell or change their business, thinking they will retire, but they always jump back in with a new project or get a new idea that they just can't ignore.

Entrepreneurs are professionals. Whether working from their bedroom, the kitchen table or a modern, well-appointed home office, they operate just as they would if they were in an expensive office building in a major city. When they are working, they don't let outside influences distract them. In general, entrepreneurs are people who have high energy, feel self-confident, set long-term goals, and view money and financial security as a measure of accomplishment and piece of mind.

They persist in problem solving, take risks, learn from failures (their own and from others), take the initiative, accept personal responsibility and use all available resources to achieve their success. Entrepreneurs compete with themselves and believe that success or failure lies within their personal control or influence. They do not see non-successes as failures but as learning experiences. Most of all, they never give up and never quit striving for success. If you fit most of these criteria, you have what it takes to be an entrepreneur. Success comes mainly from educating yourself and a lot of hard work.

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