The restless entrepreneur
A successful entrepreneur is always restless and never satisfied. I don’t mean they’re unhappy all the time, but when they wake up in the morning, they immediately think about something in their business they want to fix. I should know. I’m one of them.
They’re restless because they’re driven. Driven people are not happy with the status quo and want things to be better than they are now. When you’re restless, it’s because you’re not complacent. You’re impatient and you know your business can be better.
Restless entrepreneurs never feel successful, because when they meet a goal, they set a new one. That’s why so many entrepreneurs work six or seven days a week on building their business. They know which problems need fixing in their business, and they’re not happy to wait until Monday to fix them. It’s just the way they’re wired.
It’s an interesting contrast, because the fact that entrepreneurs never feel successful is exactly what makes them successful. They’re always working to improve whatever they have – even if whatever they have is pretty good! Here are some common traits you’ll see in restless, successful entrepreneurs:
- Quick, bold decision-making. This doesn’t mean they make snap decisions without thinking about them. Quite the contrary. An entrepreneur is able to move fast because he or she is constantly thinking about the business and how it could be better. He or she has considered all the ramifications of a decision well before that decision has to be made.
- A long term view. They don’t care if they made more money today than they did yesterday. Successful, unsatisfied entrepreneurs get excited about quarter-on-quarter, year on year growth. If they’re not achieving this, they’ll be restless until they are; if they are achieving this, they’ll start focusing on achieving more long-term growth.
- The ability to focus on what matters and ignore what doesn’t. An entrepreneur’s restlessness helps define focus on the things with the biggest impact and avoid sweating the small stuff. This is good.
- Taking calculated risks. The actual process of weighing up risks and rewards, then making a decision is often as fun for an entrepreneur as the end goal itself. When you’re restless, you know every element involved in making a move, you like to make the big decisions and have the self-belief to back it up and make another move depending on the outcome
- Talking business. A lot. Verbalizing helps them reaffirm different options and possible decisions. This comes from living and breathing their business; since they’re always thinking about their business, it’s top of their mind, and therefore their go-to conversation topic.
Entrepreneurs: what parts of your business are making you restless? What are you going to change today?
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