What It Takes – Advice From Jeremy Thiel

Entrpreneur.

If you are only interested in turning a profit, this article is not for you. This is for the 21st century entrepreneur who desires to bring value to the marketplace and impact people’s lives through complete transparency.

An Entrepreneur is who I am, it’s what I am, and it’s what I do. Being an entrepreneur doesn’t take a certain type of personality, background or demographic. It means exemplifying a certain character of spirit and mentality to live outside of the constraints of what has already been created. It is the cornerstone of humanity – recognizing a need or desire in our society and answering it with a solution.

What It Takes

An entrepreneur doesn’t wait for permission. You must feel the need to create the unseen and do it without permission. “Do I have what it takes?” “Am I willing to stick it out?” “Do I believe in what I am doing?” In the first year of opening a new business these are questions that will echo in your mind and keep you awake at night. This is normal, but when you fundamentally believe in what your business provides, you are able to conquer these thoughts.

Entrepreneurs are risk takers, at least we are seemingly risk takers. From an outsider’s perspective it may look as though I take big risks; however, in actuality, every decision I make is a calculated move, it’s a calculated risk. Myself and the entrepreneurial minded team I surround myself with are continuously challenging ourselves to grow, open new businesses and thrive in the business world. There is a part of us that enjoys being uncomfortable and has no desire to become complacent.

The decisive factor to an entrepreneur’s success is what I like to call “giving a rip”. In order to be a successful entrepreneur you have to care about your people, your clients and the service you provide. You must be willing to do whatever it takes to get them results and create a culture and community that is committed to excellence.

Passion alone will not make you successful.

Many people think that as long as you have passion, you will be successful. Not true. Do you have to be passionate about your business? Absolutely. But passion is merely a piece to the whole, passion alone will not make you a successful entrepreneur. I believe it can drive you through your first two years of running your business, but if you are lacking in real business skill sets you will not have the endurance to last.

Before you quit your day job and start your own business I suggest you invest in improving your business skill sets. Go to conferences, seminars, and networking events. Surround yourself with other successful entrepreneur’s and learn from them. Seek out successful companies and model your business after their success.

About the Author: Jeremy Thiel

Jeremy Thiel is the owner of Crossfit Central, SICFIT.com and an entrepreneur to say the least. Feel free to follow Jeremy on twitter @jeremythiel

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