>>>> 2. What Makes Someone an Entrepreneur? Who can become an entrepreneur? There the loss of these customers, the entrepreneur mod- is no one definitive profile. Successful en- ified her vision to accommodate these needs. trepreneurs come in various ages, income levels, gender, and race. They differ in education and • Leadership is the ability to create rules and to set experience. But research indicates that most successful goals. It is the capacity to follow through to see that entrepreneurs share certain personal attributes, includ- rules are followed and goals are accomplished.
ing: creativity, dedication, determination, flexibility, leadership, passion, self-confidence, and “smarts.” • Passion is what gets entrepreneurs started and keeps them there. It gives entrepreneurs the ability • Creativity is the spark that drives the development to convince others to believe in their vision. It can’t of new products or services or ways to do business. substitute for planning, but it will help them to stay It is the push for innovation and improvement. It focused and to get others to look at their plans.
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