When I was first challenged to embark on the entrepreneurship journey, I was soon faced with an overwhelming question: Do I have the qualities to be an entrepreneur?
I am purely an outdoor educator. There were numerous cases where people told me that this passion of mine will not get me very far. But here I am, to this day, remaining stubborn and passionate about this hobby of mine.
So I took a step back to see if I have what it takes to be an entrepreneur. And I found 5 key qualities. Are here:
1. Decision making
Being outdoors forces me to make decisions. This is especially true when I have a group of participants. There are countless decisions to make before, during, and after a program.
For example, have I resolved all contingency plans? Have I brought enough food and equipment?
As an entrepreneur, I have to make countless decisions. No one is there to tell you what to do.
2. Assumption of risks
I have to be used to taking risks outdoors. If I don’t risk falling, I won’t know how high I can climb. If I don’t risk making a wrong decision at a junction, I won’t know if that’s the right way to go.
I have started some businesses. Some worked while others failed. But still, he wouldn’t have known all of this if he hadn’t tried.
3. Safety mindset
However, people often misunderstand that taking risks means that we don’t care about safety. Outdoors, the safety factor has been considered several times.
A climbing rope, for example, could support about 12 times more than the average weight of a climber. Security procedures are everywhere. Where there are none, we are taught to make conservative judgments.
The very reason I don’t focus on just one business is based on the wise saying: Don’t put ALL your eggs in one basket. There has to be a safety net.
This is a classic nature of an outdoor adventurer. We are used to putting up with it. We know that words don’t count without actions. And the effort required is normally superhuman. We are trained to go to the end.
No one has ever said that being an entrepreneur is easy. It took me 6 months to earn my first dollar. Fortunately, I have been trained to persevere.
Tackling trouble is an outdoor adventurer’s staple diet. No day or activity is the same. Therefore, we always have to think outside the box. Talk about being a hipster. I myself am amazed at what I or my participants do to solve problems.
I started with minimal capital. Therefore, I needed to be creative in planning my effort, energy, and money. Get creative in using the many softwares that work for me rather than the other way around.
These 5 qualities inherent in an outdoor adventurer definitely fit the concept of an entrepreneur. Well, if you are lucky, you could turn passion into your profession. If not, surely you would have acquired enough tools to run a business!