After 20 years in law enforcement, I wanted to be my own boss, set my own schedule, work in shorts and flip flops, and gain the pride of having satisfied clients,
The question implicates that entrepreneurs are created from good inspiration, I don't believe we have the right to call ourselves entrepreneurs, whereas I think of 'entrepreneur' as a state of mind or being, with a slight disregard for 'fear of the unknown' a title that is then bestowed by others...
"What inspired* me to become an entrepreneur?"
AMPLIFICATION. Whatever you aspire to be, whether it be great at serving food or great at serving others, entrepreneurship allows you to do what you LOVE and to help others do what you love as well. I am just one voice, one person on this planet, my mark as a single person can only be so large.
Miriam-Webster defines an entrepreneur as "a person who starts a business and is willing to risk loss in order to make money." I don't like the money part of the definition. It should read, "a person who starts a business and is willing to risk loss in order to achieve a purpose."
The difference between those that succeed and those that don't is just that, purpose. Those who start out just looking for financial freedom may soon find themselves back in a box. Finding one's true purpose is the best part of life. Once you have found yours, the sky is the limit!
The lack of science and/or theoretical sophistication in leadership and leadership development.
Entrepreneurs are the artists of business - they study the masters, learn the trades and seek to create their own works of art in spite of the giant shoulder which they are able to stand on.
It's said that there are no new tales, only the same stories retold. Yet, it's amazing how these retellings by each new generation of entrepreneurs continue to inspire us.
Belief in the product which you will spend/risk money on in the hope of making it profitable and successful. If you are motivated when you build things, you are surely motivated to build a business.
Initially (with my first business) it was about following and fulfilling a dream: the absolute unmitigated joy of being able to make it on my own as a creative spirit.
After my life-changing "dark night of the soul" I launched LiveYourLight.com to serve others on their awakening journey: http://www.liveyourlight.com/about.html
Because my mission is to help connect the collective towards our eventual expression of unity consciousness, I now see everything I do as a thread in this weave, whether that involves helping a business owner to brand and market a new enterprise, creating content for a website or blog, or coaching an individual or business owner (often one and the same!) to greater clarity and direction in their life and work.
For me, the foundation stones are inspiration and information: providing this crucial support in a way that serves others on their path.
The ability to own and create something that is truly your vision, and to use that to improve the quality of life of those around you.
The ability to prove you can build a better mousetrap.
If you watch "How things are made" you might be an entrepreneur.
Excitement and enthusiasm - about the business you want to start.
Passion - a burning desire to share your knowledge and skills.
Willingness and ability - to learn how to run your business.
I don't believe that you can be an entrepreneur by just being good at what you do. You really need to sustain that excitement and enthusiasm, and never lose the passion! Always be a 'sponge' for learning new business, people and life skills.
Becoming an entrepreneur is a reward for effort. Enjoy the journey!