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The term entrepreneur generally brings to mind someone intrepid and willing to go where no (wo)man has gone before. This is not a total fallacy but not completely off-the-track either. While the label fits many start-up businessmen around the spectrum, there are differences, overt and covert, among them. Which is the category that you fall in?
A majority of entrepreneurs can be called idealists. Anyone would want to see her/his business grow. The difference is that idealists like to think of themselves as lovers of innovation and go the extra-mile to meet success half-way. They go all in to prove their point. Creativity always has a place in whatever they are doing. Unless they find their work meaningful, they will not hesitate to abandon it altogether and go in a totally different direction.
This is the business(wo)man who, like the Idealist, has innovation in her/his mind but not as intensely. S/he yearns to be successful to a high degree but is largely content with deriving as much personal satisfaction as possible and also keep the organization intact.
The Hard Worker
The hard workers entrepreneur may sometimes even forget s/he has a home s/he must return to. This happens when s/he finds that s/he is needed to be in the workplace. In fact, s/he rather likes to put in long hours in order to improve his/her profits. S/he is always ready to meet challenges head-on but at the same time, is careful enough to keep track of the progress s/he is making.
The juggler does not exactly dislike delegating authority but s/he would seem that way. This is because s/he tries to do everything to be done in the company. An accountant, for instance, may find the boss intruding upon his/her domain but had better be reticent and let things take their own course. This hyperactive group of people does personally see that deadlines are kept; see that payments are regular and even prepare payrolls of the employees.
S/he is the person that his/her family loves. When the clock strikes 5, you will find him/her on the tarmac, waiting for his/her car to come cruising by. S/he judiciously allots time for work and time for leisure. Don’t, however, mistake him/her as being lax. S/he is as keen as anyone else to see his/her business grow. It is only that s/he knows where his/her business interest ends and his/her family affairs start and knows how to keep the status quo intact. When push comes to shove, s/he would rather stop the growth level at the present than sacrifice his personal pleasure.
It is not that every entrepreneur has to necessarily fall into one or the other category. It is quite possible for some to carry combinations or be a sample of pot-pourri with all the traits as narrated above. It does not really matter which of these is you as long as you are successful, does it?
Guest post written by Rogier Higgs: Rogier has had an alliance with Righttrack Consultancy for a while now. Her interest in design made her choice interaction design as a subject at her university. While exploring every bit of it, she got introduced to representing data visually infographic representation. Since then she loves doing these.