When my oldest son was born, the first thing that happened as he entered this realm was he looked up and directly locked eyes with me with what I believe was a profound and unique presence of mind for a baby only one second old. I had never had a child before and I didn't really think newborns were prone to eye contact, let alone truly seeing and connecting with the person they were looking at, but Micah did. I felt his gaze burn into me with recognition from beyond and it was truly a miraculous thing.
He was screaming and crying, mind you, in fact, we may have both been screaming and crying. It was kind of hard to take it all in at the moment.
But the thing that struck me about his pronounced presence of mind is that it has continued to ring true in who he is becoming ever since the day he was born. Micah goes after what he wants. He desires connection, prompt and thorough. He is intense and determined. Nothing gets by him without comprehensive inspection and critical evaluation. Desperately, more than anything else, he wants to lead.
I don't know if Micah will grow up to own his own business. But from day one, he has naturally exhibited characteristics that most entrepreneurs wishfully write down on their SMART goals worksheet. I can only pray those qualities stay with him and serve him well all the rest of his days.
But not all entrepreneurs are just born. In fact, most entrepreneurs are made...over a long period of time and after many failed attempts after many failed attempts. Like anything in life, it takes practice. And practice takes ACTION.
For many years, I held beliefs about myself that I thought were the barriers to my ever starting a business like WriterType:
I'm too introverted to put myself out there.
I'm not persuasive enough to sell my services.
I'm not assertive enough to stand up for my business.
It's true you may have certain temperaments or dispositions that are advantageous (or not) to becoming an entrepreneur. But the real secret is simple. You are your only barrier.
If you aren't good at this or that, you've probably avoided it most of your life, so you haven't had many opportunities to practice, because you haven't practiced, you haven't had many positive experiences to reinforce your learning.
The secret is practice. Take action. Just do it. It won't all be successful, but you'll learn something from it each time. You'll change things when they don't work. You'll try again.
Pretty soon, you'll start believing new things about yourself.
And that is when you've really been made into an entrepreneur.