April 28th, 2013 •
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by Bill Simmel
Who are these creatures?
Why do these persistent people never know whe n to give up?
Much academic research has been conducted to define the characteristics of an entrepreneur. Like an animal in the zoo they have been studied at length by economists, anthropologists, management academics, psychologists, sociologists, historians, finance experts and organisational scholars. Here is a closer look at the entrepreneur.
• entrepreneur noun
[en·tre·pre·neur] (French). Literal translation, undertaker.
Although the words innovator, proprietor, and capitalist are used in the same sense, there are subtle differences that make the term “entrepreneur “preferable. OK now go out and tell all your friends you are becoming an undertaker…watch their heads turn.
An entrepreneur is a person who has possession over a new company enterprise or venture and assumes full accountability for the inherent risks and the outcome. The term is a loanword from French and was first defined by the Irish economist Richard Cantillon. A female entrepreneur is sometimes known as an entrepreneuse. However, with the word “entrepreneuse” being the French feminine form of entrepreneur, its usage in English in delineating sexes detracts from the meaning of the word “entrepreneur”.
Entrepreneur in English is a term applied to the type of personality who is willing to take upon herself or himself a new venture or enterprise and accepts full responsibility for the outcome. Wikipedia
You hear it all the time from famous entrepreneurs: Long before they were running multimillion-dollar companies, they were flexing their entrepreneurial skills by selling lemonade on the corner, building gadgets in their garage or hosting weekly college beer pong tournaments. It seems that behind every successful mogul is a kid who grew up knowing they were born for business. The excitement is not in making money but in the enjoyment of entrepreneurial success.
But what exactly is it that sets entrepreneurs apart from the rest? What is it that makes certain people believe in themselves enough to take the prospect of failure head-on and have the determination to come out on top? It takes a special kind of person to set an idea in motion, riding the highs and lows from humble beginnings to ultimate success.
The entrepreneurial spirit is a gift that inspires others to become the best they can be. From passion and positivity to leadership and ambition, here are the entrepreneurs that best define the entrepreneurial spirit. Click on this image to enlarge and gage yourself as an entrepreneur.
So now you can now only ask youself “am I an entrepreneur”, you can determine do you have the traits that make entrepreneurs special.
” Anyone who wants to be an entrepreneur like someone else is actually looking in the wrong direction. You don’t look out for inspiration, you look in. You have to ask yourself how can I be better today, at solving the problem I am trying to solve for my company. I wouldn’t encourage anyone to be like me. Just be like you.”
Ashton Kutcher, Actor, Entrepreneur, and Venture Capitalist
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