Entrepreneurs are remarkable individuals. They are remarkable because they are like God, they have the capacity to create something out of what many would consider nothing. Entrepreneurs are innovators. They chart new skills and developments in various places that they are found.
It is no longer news that our world is in desperate need of entrepreneurs. The entrepreneurial spirit seems to be lacking. People are comfortable with getting a paycheck. Nobody wants to take a risk. They ignore that the various developments we see all around are products of entrepreneurship. Entrepreneurs drive society forward, which is why it seems we aren’t making progress in our time.
However, there are certain qualities that distinguish them from others who are not Entrepreneurs. These qualities include:
Vision: Helen Keller once said, “The only thing worse than being blind is having sight but no vision.” A lot of people have eyes but they can’t see like an entrepreneur. What does the entrepreneur see? He sees problems as well as their solutions. Most people stop at seeing problems. Entrepreneurs see both problems and their solutions.
Ideas: Ideas are seeds of business. Every business started with an idea. Entrepreneurs are not looking for money. They are looking for ideas that they can turn into money. Facebook started as an idea. Dangote industries started as an idea. Entrepreneurs brainstorm ideas and also pay for them anywhere they can find them
Risk-Takers: One important quality of an entrepreneur is risk taking. One popular preacher in Nigeria,Late Archbishop Benson Idahosa said, “it is risky not to take risk.” This is the motto of any entrepreneur. They are simply risk takers. It takes lots of courage to invest one’s money in a particular business. Entrepreneurs don’t just take any kind of risk. They take calculated risk.
Goals-driven: Goals are the road map to success. They are the specific steps to take towards accomplishing any given endeavour. Entrepreneurs develop goals for their business. Goals on capital, customer relations, products, staff, etc
Good customer relationship: The priceless asset of any entrepreneur are his customers. Any wise entrepreneur doesn’t joke with people. They are assets. The goods in the shop won’t sell themselves. Someone needs to come along to buy them. A good entrepreneur must know how to interact with his customers in a way that they will feel safe, relaxed and confident transacting with him. He mustn’t sell fake goods or over hike the price of his goods. He must be open to receive complaints and criticism of himself and business. He must be cheerfully disposed often.
With the above qualities in place, anyone aspiring towards entrepreneurship is ready to take up the work.