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Born to be an Entrepreneur?

You’re fresh out of college and discover that you’re just not cut out for the 9-5 rat race.

You think you might just be entrepreneurial, but worry that people just come out of the womb as entrepreneurs.

Well, that is not at all the case. If at 23 you haven’t had that big idea that swill make you rich, take a load off your shoulders. By no means would this indicate that you won’t be successful.

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Now you are humming and hawing and don’t know if you should become a doctor or start running your own business.

Think you’re alone? You’re not. It’s rare for people especially when you’re just coming out of school, to know exactly what they should be doing. Most people just don’t know what to do.

You wonder if you have what it takes to start a successful business on your own.

You’re probably not ready for this either. If you’re just out of college and think you can instantly become an entrepreneur because you think it’s in your blood? Think again. Sure it might be in your blood, but you are likely not ready. Very few people are, right out of the gate.

Think you’re the next Mark Zuckerberg or Gary Vaynerchuk?

People like them seem to have had a predetermined entrepreneurial success by some unknown force? These people we can’t imagine having been anything but successful. People like this do exist but they’re rare. For the rest of the world, there’s going to be some tough lessons and hard work that needs to happen long before success can be achieved.

Most of us aren’t ready to finish college able to run a business.

These points here are not to discourage you, but to let you know that with persistence and drive you have the ability to get there Be patient, it might take until your late 20’s or even later to be able to start your own startup.

How do you get your feet wet in the entrepreneurial world without jumping right in?

Learn. Start working for a startup and experience the environment. Work for companies that are going public, when they aren’t even making money.

Get familiar with the inner workings of a successful business.

Learn from their successes and their failures. Learn what you should move towards and what you should move away from. All these experiences will help you gain real knowledge towards your ultimate goal of becoming a successful entrepreneur.

Know that it is okay to be just out college and 21 and go work for a handful of companies. If by 23 you still haven’t become a multi-millionaire, continue to be patient. To be real, the type of successes we sometimes see, are quite anomalous, and really don’t happen that often. This doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try. It just means you have some work to do.

You especially need to  learn what drives you out of bed every morning to achieve success. The proverbial “why”.

Remember you are likely going to need mentorship. You’re likely not going to do it all by yourself. Networking will be a key to your success. Someone out there will have a great idea, which they’ll need help with. Each person has a different set of skills and talents, and successful solopreneurship is nearly non-existent. Find those that have the skills you lack.

Yes, you will meet a lot of people, how do you know who are the right ones for you?

First, determine your own strengths. Work in your core competency and find people to fill out the other areas and skill gaps where you struggle. Surround yourself with people who are smarter than you, and who you can trust.

You’ll need someone that will have your back and in turn, they will need you to have theirs. You’ll need someone that can stand by you when the going gets though. Look for someone with a personality that differs from yours. Someone that compliments you.

Think of it as the yin and yang analogy.

The talented, passionate driven people of strong character that you find will be the key to your success.

When do you know it’s time to start your entrepreneurship journey?

When that day comes, you’ll realize that your talents are under-utilized. You’ll also notice you now have a more ideal mindset. You’ll know it’s time when your mind is able to hear about this great new business idea and think, “Yes, I want in! It is time!”

sonia r landry

Sonia Rina Landry is a passionate entrepreneur, speaker, author, and personal development coach. She is an outspoken advocate of the free market economy and has helped countless clients identify their core values, envision and realize goals that resonate with those values. She oversees several businesses online and offline.

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