Educator vs Entrepreneur
Operating in the self employment category, I saw enough of the low tides to realize that going for the safe and secure route was the way to be. Lots of days off, the ability to help others and insurance benefits were all super appealing to me.
More than anything, I had a passion for sports and really wanted to coach high school athletics. Even though I spent 30 Saturday’s a year on a football field or inside of a gym, I still managed to keep my side hustles in tact, but never really exploring my ability.
In 2015 everything sort of changed seemingly overnight. I was an assistant athletic director and loved what I did. However, there was just something missing. I missed the students and coaching, but I also felt like I wasn’t reaching my full potential.
Not to mention – my wife and I had $300,000 in student loans – and if we didn’t figure out ways to make extra money we would most likely have those student loans forever.
Entrepreneurs take action.
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Sort of like an arrow, sometimes you have draw things back before you can propel forward. I realized that if I pursued the path of athletic director in my late twenties that I may miss my shot at owning and controlling.
From 9-5 I could be the best teacher I was meant to be, but after that I had time and options to turn side hustles into side companies.
I still have a long way to go and quite honestly I am just getting started. I had a friend do a guest post back in November that touched on his leap of faith. He went from a secure cushy accounting gig to being an entrepreneur. Here is the kicker – he already had three kids!
So as I realized more and more people were considering doing their own thing, (Actually one of the simplest things to do to get started is just to start a blog), I decided to write about the characteristics of an entrepreneur.
The 7 Characteristics of an Entrepreneur
You get bored easily.
You can’t sit still.
You take risks.
You take action
You are not afraid of challenges.
You like helping people.
- You are open to mentorship.
1. You get bored easily.
If you are the person who gets bored sitting at a desk and doing the same thing over and over again then chances are you might be an entrepreneur deep down inside.
Some people are completely content with the 50-50-50 plan.
Working/driving 50 hours a week, 50 weeks a year for 50 years, only to hopefully have a nice retirement was not my cup of tea.
I could only imagine how boring doing the same thing for 50 years would be.
2. You can not sit still.
I think one reason my students like me is because I can empathize with them when it comes to sitting in a desk for extended periods of time.
More and more jobs are focused on sitting behind a computer screen for 8 hours a day.
Never-mind the health ramifications of sitting all day, but if you like interacting with people, moving around and meeting people you might be an entrepreneur.
3. You take risks.
Entrepreneurs take risks.
There is a blogger who quit teaching to become a full time blogger after making $3.00 in 6 months took a huge risk. Bobby’s reasoning – he said why not now when I am young.
Entrepreneurs think differently in many ways, the biggest is probably in the area of risk taking.
By no means am I saying quit your job and become and entrepreneur, but most entrepreneurs to inherently take risks.
The entrepreneurial world is sometimes considered high risk – high reward.
4. You take action.
Entrepreneurs do not play around – they take large amounts of action.
Grant Cardone often says it requires the same amount of energy to take large amounts of action as it does to take no action. As an entrepreneur it is up to you to make things happen.
Personal responsibility and realizing that you make take action that is not necessarily compensated up front is part of the game.