Are Entrepreneurs Born or Created?

July 24, 2012 by  
Filed under Coaching, Passions and Strengths

Are entrepreneurs born or created?  Did you always have the itch to work for yourself?  From what age did you know you would only be happy working for yourself?  Do you think it is inborn?

I talked to an Ad agency man once who in the hallmark of his career was told he wrote great ads but only the ones he was interested in.  He subsequently started a very successful internet business.  When I think of his story it seems he was inborn.  Here was a company man who could only get interested in things that turned him on, couldn’t follow the company rank and file and do as he was told.

I know another woman who was an accountant.  She felt frustrated however, like she was hemmed in.  It wasn’t that she didn’t have a love for numbers or her profession but she kept hearing a calling and was dissatisfied.  She took a sabbatical to explore her options and today is a very successful entrepreneurial coach.  So I wonder was that inborn or did her previous career help her to establish her current career?  Did she need the past experience to become who she was today, or did she have it all along?  Obviously she needed to have the time in her past career to establish confidence and credibility if nothing more than for herself.

So I think some entrepreneurs are just born and some evolve as the aging and ripening process of experience.

For me, I felt the yearnings at 23 and would rather go dig dirt as a plant wholesaler than work at another corporation. By then I had worked at 3 Fortune 500 companies and could see the glass ceiling for women.  It was so stereotypical.

I had studied botany under the auspices of my grandmother who had trekked through China and India studying the hybridization of rare orchids.  So I opened up a retail plant store which evolved into plant wholesaling.  I then became interested in flipping houses and  became a real estate agent where I succeeded after going through the school of hard knocks.  I couldn’t imagine working for someone else ever.  I had always done things my way so I think it was inborn.  I felt weird in a corporate setting, like the odd woman out, uncomfortable in my own skin.  I couldn’t peg it until I set out on my own and then I knew what it was to be comfortable working, being fully engaged.

I also identify with entrepreneurs when I meet them.  We hit it off right away like we have been old friends for a long time, whereas with corporate people, I feel they hold back a notch or two.

How about you?  Are you inborn or developed?  Or both?  Share your thoughts with me.

 

© 2012 Sarah Wood

About the Author:

Sarah Wood, also known as the “Magic Pen,” and author of “How to turn a No or a Maybe into a Yes” and producer of “Magnetic Phrases,” is a copy enhancer/ writer who transforms copy on your website into sexy and sizzling from boring and blah. For a list of testimonials go to her website and check out her long list of happy customers at www.evolvingadvisors.com . She is also a marketing strategist at overcoming objections for coaches, mentors, real estate agents and entrepreneurs. In her spare time, she spoils her three cats and one dog and she is an avid belly dancer in the ancient folkloric genre, you would be most familiar with.

Business lessons I learned from canoe trips

I love the summer time; the extra light, the sunshine, the sounds of the kid’s outdoors which makes me reminisce about my childhood.

I was fortunate to be sent on canoe trips during my teens, to the Adirondacks for two week spans. Our guides must have been very experienced to have led us for these two week excursions out in the wilderness. After all we saw bears and snakes.

We would canoe all day with our belongings in the middle of the canoe, two people per canoe and there were about 10 canoes in our group. We canoed in a Vee pattern. We were made to dress as to not get sun burned, also wearing hats so at the end of the day after being so overheated, a dip in the lake never felt so good.

There was always preparation and work to be done. Pitching of tents, scrambling for kindle and finding lumber for the fire. Constant hunger from being in the fresh air. Food never tasted so good although it was nothing more than hot dogs and hamburgers with baked beans. Naturally we baked marshmallows at night around the campfire and sang songs.

We would look up at the starlit sky and point out the Milky Way and other constellations. One of the leaders had brought a telescope so we took turns and studied the sky formations more thoroughly.

I remember the dreaded portages. If you don’t know a portage is it is a land mass stopping you from canoeing on water and you have to traverse on foot until you reach the next water mass. It can be as long as two miles. You have to carry everything on foot and go back and forth several times. The final time you go back is to carry the canoe with your arms stretched overhead. It is awkward, painful and requires a lot of rest stops. The point is you have to have a look at everything, take it apart and put it back together. It is a great way to get rid of clutter and neaten up your carriage.

I bring this up because I liken portages to working “in” your business. Portages occurred about 20% of the time and I have heard that I should be working “in” my business about the same amount of time. When I work in my business I often am doing an analysis of it and taking it apart and putting it back together to see what works and what doesn’t. This is so similar to a portage. Also like a portage, I dread doing it but I can’t go on without doing it. I can’t get to the other side if I don’t do it.

So having the experience of a canoe trip was a great footprint for how life works as an adult. It was much systematized and I recall enjoying being part of a system.

The other thing I recall was I was obedient. I didn’t challenge or ask why. I just did. It was as if I had a business plan mapped out for me and I followed it exclusively. We had to follow instructions as our safety depended upon it.

I wonder what would happen if I followed my business plan so faithfully and didn’t get interrupted by bright shiny objects and a variety of other things that pull my attention away. I am sure you know what I am talking about…facebook, emails, phone calls etc.

Ahh…. the lessons of a 16 year old.

 

© 2012 Sarah Wood

 About the Author: 

Sarah Wood, also known as the “Magic Pen,” and author of “How to turn a No or a Maybe into a Yes” and producer of “Magnetic Phrases,” is a copy enhancer/ writer who transforms copy on your website into sexy and sizzling from boring and blah. For a list of testimonials go to her website and check out her long list of happy customers at www.evolvingadvisors.com . She is also a marketing strategist at overcoming objections for coaches, mentors, real estate agents and entrepreneurs. In her spare time, she spoils her three cats and one dog and she is an avid belly dancer in the ancient folkloric genre, you would be most familiar with.

Is your copyright up to date?

July 3, 2012 by  
Filed under Coaching, Copywriting, Online Marketing

I have a quick tip for you today, and it might be something you haven’t considered in a while.

Is your copyright up to date?

While it may not be fancy, or new, checking that the copyright date on your website, articles and marketing
materials is up to date and says 2012 is a quick and easy way to:

1. Show visitors that your site is current. You don’t want people to find your great site, only to see an old copyright date and wonder if the material is current or not.

2. Even more importantly, it helps protect you from having your material stolen and used without your consent.

Take a few minutes right now to check that your copyright is up to date on all your materials.

© 2012 Sarah Wood

 About the Author: 

Sarah Wood, also known as the “Magic Pen,” and author of “How to turn a No or a Maybe into a Yes” and producer of “Magnetic Phrases,” is a copy enhancer/ writer who transforms copy on your website into sexy and sizzling from boring and blah. For a list of testimonials go to her website and check out her long list of happy customers at www.evolvingadvisors.com . She is also a marketing strategist at overcoming objections for coaches, mentors, real estate agents and entrepreneurs. In her spare time, she spoils her three cats and one dog and she is an avid belly dancer in the ancient folkloric genre, you would be most familiar with.