When You Look In The Mirror, Do You See An Entrepreneur Staring Back At You?

Most first-time entrepreneurs have crow’s feet and work experience. Turns out you don’t have to be a twenty-something Harvard drop-out to start the next game changing business. It’s true.

  • the fastest growing segment of entrepreneurs is over the age of 50
  • the average successful high growth entrepreneur is between the ages of 40 and 49

When you read these statistics, are you left wondering: How do these people do it and how can I do it too? The answer is, yes you can. It just might look a little different than you thought.

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Entrepreneur is a state of mind, not a profession

My friend Mark Johnson, CEO of Zite, described entrepreneurship as a lifestyle in Entrepreneurs Breakdowns and Breakthroughs. What separates an entrepreneur from the rest of the working world?  Mark describes an entrepreneur as someone who likes building new products that change the world.  Entrepreneurs tend to be curious, and yeah, a little crazy.  Crazy in a good way.

Look, it usually comes down to this.  You see a gap, no one is filling it or you see a business and you know you can do better. If this sounds like you, then you have an entrepreneur state of mind. If you just can’t stop thinking about HOW you would fill that gap or make that business better, then you might just be crazy enough to make some money as entrepreneur.

Be an entrepreneur without risking your day job

Entrepreneurship doesn’t have to be an all-or-nothing venture.  I am 43 years old.  I got my first job as a bagger in a grocery store 28 years ago.  I have been someone’s employee ever since.  I am the sole provider for my family.  I have a big mortgage, school tuition, student loans.  I’m a grown-up with grown-up bills and grown-up worries.  And I am now an entrepreneur, starting a business while I still have a job.  You can do this too. Will you have to work a lot?  Yes , but so what.  When you are pursuing what you love, it doesn’t feel like work.

Your Turn: what does it mean to you to have an “entrepreneur’s mindset”? Leave a comment below.

Read My Upcoming Post: “Your Cup Runneth Over? You’re Not Alone” explains why you might feel overwhelmed and share ideas on how you can stay in the game.

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Patti’s blog is a mishmash of research and advocacy mixed with her personal experiences as technology executive and first-time high growth entrepreneur, working mother, and wannabe athlete.


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