As glamorous as it sounds to be the “founder” of a company, building a business from the ground up is not easily accomplished. For many, the first question that comes to mind when starting a business is - do you have what it takes to become an entrepreneur? Who really is to say? What characteristics embody an ideal and successful entrepreneur?
Some might answer: an infinite supply of money, a strong network, tenacity, drive, ambition, a big dream to fuel you endlessly, charisma, the ability to sell anything, etc. To be frank, it does take a lot to become an entrepreneur (better yet, a successful one), but there is no specific mold that you need to fit into.
To me, I believe that having enough grit is what you need to succeed if you want to go anywhere in life. And anyone can develop that grit within themselves. What is grit, might you ask? According to a Forbes article, the “Grit dynamic” comes from several character traits: intensity, toughness, and a never-give-up, scrappy perseverance.
Grit is doing everything and anything it takes to get the job done, even if it requires blood, sweat, and tears. Grit is pushing through the day, even when the light at the end of the tunnel is hundreds of miles away. Grit is being able to withstand the harsh criticism and channeling that negativity into something positive. Ultimately, grit is staying motivated and focused on your goals.
Yes, the road to becoming an entrepreneur can be slippery, challenging, and discouraging at times, but if you truly believe that your passion can guide you through these obstacles, then you’re already well on your way to success.
From the Forbes article mentioned earlier - here are some questions to determine your current level of entrepreneurial grit:
1. Passion Quotient: Are you intensely passionate about what you do? Do you give it all you’ve got or clock out dutifully every day at 5pm?
2. Challenge Quotient: When challenges show up in your life, do you cower or do you face them head-on without flinching?
3. Result Quotient: Do you have a results-oriented mindset? Do you consistently create results or make excuses?
4. Production Quotient: Can you handle being defined by what you produce? Have you ever created anything of substance that you will be remembered for?
5. Whining Quotient: Do you create fear, excuses, or roadblocks in the game of work?
6. Phoenix Quotient: Can you fail with dignity and grace and rise again stronger, more humble, and ready for the next play?