Are You An Entrepreneur? Here’s How To Tell!

by Martha Giffen

How many of you are entrepreneurs?  Or at least have the entrepreneurial spirit?

According to our trusty online dictionary, Wikipedia, an entrepreneur is “a person who has possession of a new enterprise, venture or idea and is accountable for the inherent risks and the outcome.”

OK, the venture, idea and new enterprise part is exciting and fun.  Who doesn’t like brainstorming new ideas?  The inherent risks and outcome part is a little trickier.  This is the area where most get tripped up.

Here’s my take. . . .

Are you a problem solver?  Have you figured out a way to get people to purchase your solutions?  Welcome.  You are an entrepreneur!

That’s really it in a nutshell.

  1. Go find out what the problems are in your niche.
  2. Solve the problem.
  3. Sell the solution.

Easy enough, right?  Well, it should be but it’s not and here’s why:

Numbers 1 and 2 are simple.  Go to any forum or group in your niche and somebody will be complaining.  Chances are, the solution is something you’ve already mastered.

Your next step is sell the solution.

Here’s where the disconnect occurs.

I mean, this juncture is what separates the boys from the men.  It’s where entrepreneurs are born!

But here’s what happens:  You start to self-doubt.  You start to question.  That “inherent risks and outcome” part kicks in full swing.

Any of these sound familiar?

  • Everybody knows that solution. (no they don’t)
  • That solution is too simple. (not to someone looking for it)
  • Who would listen to me? (you’d be surprised)
  • I’m not an “expert” on that subject. (Do you know the solution?  Then you are the expert to someone looking)
  • I don’t know how to write an e-book. (OK, go to a medium where you are comfortable:  audio, video, etc.)
  • (and my all-time favorite) Nobody will buy MY product. (how do you know? Get out of your own head!  It’s not about you, it’s about the solution to their problem.)

Are you getting the picture?

While you are busy thinking up reasons to prevent yourself from venturing out, somebody else will create the product, get it out there and become the entrepreneur.

You see, that’s how it works!

You do know more than someone just coming to the table for the first time.  Grab the info product by the horns and create it!

Stop that self-sabotaging routine!  That’s what will keep you from being an entrepreneur.

Do you seriously think entrepreneurs don’t have doubts?  Of course they do!  The difference in someone who is an entrepreneur and someone who thinks about becoming one is all in step 3.

Do you want to work for yourself, end mediocracy, raise the bar and reap profits from your own business?

Then, get busy and work those three steps.  You’ll see.  You are an entrepreneur!



p.s.  Just to keep it real and to let you know I’m not quite the genius you might think:  This three-part definition of an entrepreneur was taught to me by my mentor, Pat O’Bryan.  It’s worked for me and it’ll work for you!

 Are You An Entrepreneur?  Heres How To Tell!

Martha Giffen

Martha Giffen is a Small Business and Social Media Consultant, Coach, Trainer, and Speaker. The author of 3 best-selling books, including "Be Social Be Rich," she is an Online Marketing authority and teaches Small Biz Owners how to achieve massive profitable success. And, -she dishes it all out with a warm southern flare!

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