After working for many years with entrepreneurs in all walks of business, I find that what separates the successful from the not-so-successful is attitude. Entrepreneurs who are going to make it big need to have moxie. Make no mistake; I am not saying that entrepreneurs need to be arrogant. No one wants to be around someone who is conceited, but a good dose of cockiness is in order for an entrepreneur to become wildly successful.
Without having a certain amount of moxie, an entrepreneur won’t have the guts to take a risk, go to an event or try something new. If you have a personality that is wary of risk and prone to playing it safe, starting your own business may not be the right path for you.
If, however, you find that you are dynamic and confident in new situations and you are comfortable in different and unfamiliar situations, entrepreneurship might be your calling. There are exceptions to every rule. For instance, many people can quickly gain confidence with something new by letting go of their fear of being wrong and unleashing their playful curiosity and creative problem solving abilities. This kind of person would also be a good entrepreneur. The time it will take them to achieve a flourishing business will be dependent on their learning curve and how soon they will be willing to make a bold move.
If you believe that entrepreneurship is for you, then you are right. If you also know that you can be timid and overly worrisome where your career is concerned, I suggest upping your moxie level by listening to self-help tapes. These positive voices can live in your head long after you are finished listening to them. Do activities to overcome your fears like taking an improvisation class. Attend seminars focused on confidence building and motivation. Get involved, and take leadership positions. Do daily affirmations. Committing positive thoughts and goals to paper can boost your morale and your self-esteem.
Anyone can own their own business, but to become a successful entrepreneur it takes a good amount of moxie. Thinking that you will succeed creates an aura that is tangible and attractive to others. It is a self-fulfilling prophecy that creates success. For more information about how you can up your moxie level, visit www.flourishingbusiness.com .
Elizabeth W. Gordon, founder and President of The Flourishing Business, LLC, is a visionary leader who has a passion for helping others achieve their entrepreneurial dreams and enjoy more of the best in life. With a vast and diverse background in many business arenas, Elizabeth regularly has the opportunity to share her business acumen with clients, large and small. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO), Atlanta and the Board of Directors of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) Atlanta. She is an Accredited Executive Associate of the Institute for Independent Business (IIB) and a certified Life Coach.