What Is An Entrepreneur?

Dear Reader,

Do you see yourself as an entrepreneur? If so, have you asked yourself the question, what is an entrepreneur, specifically what is the role of an entrepreneur? Is there any one entrepreneur definition which states definitively the essentials of a successful entrepreneur?

Here is a list of characteristics that I believe are essential for the successful entrepreneur. Few of us exhibit all of these characteristics, but if you have even some you are definitely on the right track.

So what is an entrepreneur?


  • Entrepreneurship is all about attitude.
  • Entrepreneurship is all about drive, hard work and applying your mind properly. Ryan Kavanaugh
  • Entrepreneurship is about sacrificing a lot to pursue your business interests.
  • Entrepreneurship is about compete and utter dedication to your ideas and ultimate goal. Successful entrepreneurs are people who are compulsive in their need to ultimately succeed, even if this takes time and includes disappointment and failure along the way.
  • Entrepreneurship is about total focus. Successful entrepreneurs go to bed thinking about their ideas and wake up in the morning still thinking about them.
  • It is about constant attention to every detail.
  • It is about networking, understanding your customer and convincing them about your ideas. Also, you have to be constantly in touch with clients, customer and business partners.
  • Entrepreneurship is about leadership: A successful entrepreneur understands how to be a leader and adds value to any existing leadership with their ideas.
  • Entrepreneurship is about confidence: Successful entrepreneurs are people who literally live with their ideas and confidently believe with conviction that even if things don’t work out in the initial stages, later on everything will be in place and they will emerge a winner.
  • Entrepreneurship is all about taking calculated risk.
  • To become a successful entrepreneur one needs to be dreamer, and yet practical and realistic at the same time.
  • Finally entrepreneurship is about failure. An entrepreneur as a person who is willing to fail. Fascinating but true. Think of the great success stories and the paths to success have been strewn with failure. I’m thinking of Sam Walton the founder of Wal-mart who famously had a difficult and bumpy ride to success and who is quoted to have said “Commit to your business. Believe in it more than anybody else”.

So as you can see, it is hard to define exactly what is the role of an entrepreneur, there is no one entrepreneur definition for a successful entrepreneur, and an entrepreneur is many things. But if you are taking the time to read this article – entrepreneurship might just be about you!

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