I’ve just been asked to give a 5 – 10 minute talk; my personal take on entrepreneurship. Well, it is a bit of a challenge for me to speak for 10 minutes, as anyone that knows me will understand (I find it hard to stop at 40 minutes).

So, in an attempt to be concise, I thought I’d draft a short list, in no particular order, of what I believe to be entrepreneurial characteristics. This is a personal view, and open to debate, so do share your thoughts.

  1. You can see opportunities where someone else sees obstacles
  2. You have a strong desire to make things happen
  3. You can join the dots; seeing synergies that no-one else has noticed
  4. When someone asks you if you can do something, your first instinct is to say yes, then you figure out how you are going to do it
  5. There’s lots of things you can’t do – but you know people who can
  6. There’s lots of things you can’t do yet, but you are determined to learn and develop new skills – quickly (so you talk to SIE)
  7. You don’t know everything, but you ask a lot of questions – your knowledge grows fast
  8. You know a lot of like-minded people; which means you know what they know (see points 5 and 7)
  9. You have limited resources – so you become resourceful
  10. You know you don’t have to do everything yourself, but you do have to take ultimate responsibility to make things happen
  11. You are open to new ideas
  12. You are enthusiastic, passionate, idealistic
  13. You want to make money, but not necessarily for yourself
  14. You are willing to fail, and keep failing, until you succeed
  15. You never give up.
Thanks to everyone that shared their thoughts with me on the SIE facebook page and on Twitter.