10 characteristics of inspired entrepreneurs

Posted on 20/07/2010

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1. Inspired entrepreneurs follow their inner calling
Inspired entrepreneurs have found the work they were born for and follow their specific and unique calling. There is a great fit between what they do and who they are, and they feel they are constantly drawn forward to become the person they were born to be.

2. Inspired entrepreneurs create businesses that support their own talents, passions and lifestyle
Inspired entrepreneurs know their business can be a vehicle for discovering and expressing their own unique gifts and talents. They create businesses that support them and their lifestyle. They don’t sacrifice their lifestyle to their businesses. Many small business owners sacrifice their own needs in order to be successful.

3. Inspired entrepreneurs have a higher purpose than just making money
Inspired entrepreneurs are very willing to make money. In fact, they love making money, but it is not the sole purpose of their business. They are motivated to create and contribute.

4. Inspired entrepreneurs always evolve their businesses
Small business owners tend to just work in their business and do what needs to get done to make the business work. Inspired entrepreneurs love working on and in their businesses. They intrinsically love what they do, but also love stepping back and thinking creatively about their businesses; how it can be more fun, inspiring, profitable and effective.

5. Inspired entrepreneurs love self-growth
Inspired entrepreneurs love learning and growing through running their businesses. They know that running their own business is the best personal growth seminar on the planet, using it as a mirror to highlight both their strengths and their weaknesses. They are curious about what they can become and love discovering what they are capable of. They are less interested in being competitive and more interested in realising their own potential.

6. Inspired entrepreneurs are fuelled by inspiration rather than motivation
Motivation is often about getting pumped up by some external force, whilst inspiration is about being lit by a fire within that will burn forever. Inspired entrepreneurs don’t need to be pumped up. They know they need to regularly kindle and rekindle their flame of inspiration by going to their own wells of inspiration and inspiring themselves.

7. Inspired entrepreneurs love understanding how they find and attract their ideal clients
Inspired entrepreneurs are endlessly curious about how to attract and serve their clients better. They love serving and contributing, and believe that what they do makes a difference. They enjoy getting the word out about what they do and getting people to act, but only in ways that are grounded in honesty and integrity. They are willing to give up being anonymous.

8. Inspired entrepreneurs work in inspired, smart and strategic ways
Inspired entrepreneurs know that hard work alone does not guarantee success. They don’t confuse being busy with being strategic. They have shed the prevailing belief of the protestant work ethic and know that success doesn’t come from pain, struggle and sacrifice, but instead from brilliant ideas that are well implemented. They know that taking ‘time out’ to generate new ideas and think strategically, is often more valuable than another hour at their desks.

9. Inspired entrepreneurs navigate their lives using joy as their compass
Small businesses tend to be more mechanical and repetitive, whilst inspired entrepreneurs navigate their business and life through a sense of joy, inspiration and aliveness. They also have a sense of destiny and rightness about what they do, knowing that their particular talents are being used to the maximum and that they and their businesses evolve through a sense of ongoing revelation about their next steps.

10. Inspired entrepreneurs value their hearts and minds
Inspired entrepreneurs know that they bring love and money together by marrying their inspired heart with their brilliant entrepreneurial minds. They become potent by using the one to support the other, and don’t think of them as enemies. They use great business strategies to support their inspired ideas.

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