Characteristics of a Successful Entrepreneur
First, there was an interview with a successful entrepreneur. Second, there was a talk on entrepreneurship by a guest speaker, Mr. Azmi Ahmad (the CEO of Skali.com) and later, an "elevator speech" by fellow students on various issues related to entrepreneurship. This collective information and some reading on entrepreneurship journals, books and articles have brought to the idea on writing this paper, towards certain perspective, on successful entrepreneurial characteristics.
This paper examines the myths associated with what it takes to be an entrepreneur, the profiles and the common characteristics among these successful ...view middle of the document...
ii. Anyone can start a business
Although it is true that anyone can acquire a business license and open the shop but the hardest part is surviving, sustaining and building the business. To be successful it takes focus, creativity, diligence, time and resources.
iii. Entrepreneurs are their own bosses and completely independent
An entrepreneur, though independent, has to serve many masters including customers, employees, families, and those involved in social and community obligations.
iv. Entrepreneurs are motivated by the quest for money
A sense of personal achievement and accomplishment, feeling in control of their own destinies, and realizing their vision and dreams are the most powerful motivators for entrepreneur. Money is viewed as a tool and way of keeping score.
PROFILE OF AN ENTREPRENEUR
David McClelland (1961), the entrepreneur is primarily motivated by an overwhelming need for achievement. He has a strong "urge to build". Bird (1992) sees entrepreneurs as Mercurial, that is, prone to insights, brainstorms, deceptions, ingeniousness and resourcefulness. They are cunning, opportunistic, creative, and unsentimental. Busenitz and Barney (1997) claim entrepreneurs are prone to overconfidence and over generalizations.
In a small business, where there is no depth of management, the leader must be there. At the end of the eight-hour day, when everyone leaves home, the entrepreneur will often continue into the evening, developing new business ideas. They have this characteristic which actually drive, motivates and brings them to a certain level of achievements.
A dominant characteristic of entrepreneurs is their belief that they are smarter than their peers and superiors. They have a compelling need to do their own thing in their own way. They need the freedom to choose and to act according to their own perception of what actions will result in success.
Entrepreneurs are self-confident when they are in control of what they are doing and working alone. They tackle problems immediately with confidence and are persistent in their pursuit of their objectives. Most are at their best in the face of adversity, since they thrive on their own self-confidence.
iii. Sense of Urgency
Entrepreneurs have a never-ending sense of urgency to develop their ideas. Inactivity makes them impatient, tense, and uneasy. They have drive and high energy levels, they are achievement-oriented, and they are tireless in the pursuit of their goals.
iv. Comprehensive Awareness
Successful entrepreneurs can comprehend complex situations that may include planning, making strategic decisions, and working on multiple business ideas simultaneously. They are farsighted and aware of important details, and they will continuously review all possibilities to achieve their business objectives.
Entrepreneurs say what they mean and assume that everyone else does too. They tend to be too trusting and may not be...