Enterpreneur or Employee

What is the difference between an entrepreneur and an employee?

Are some people cut out to be one and not the other? You’ve got to wonder. Some of the successful entrepreneurs I know kept getting spit out from one job after another.

For example, Fred Gleeck, who I’ve often done projects was fired from 5 corporate jobs in a row. Obviously he’s not a very good employee.

When I was younger, my running average was holding a job for 30 days at a time. Many were shorter than this! You wouldn’t have wanted me working for you as an employee.

I could continue on to others who had continual job problems before they decided to go into a business of their own. If you hear many of the stories, it would almost seem you have to be a horrible employee to be successful as an entrepreneur.

The good news is you sometimes hear from the other side as well…the GOOD employees who transition into successful entrepreneurs. Because we can hear from each viewpoint, the two aren’t mutually exclusive, but they do have big differences.

For example, often times you’ll hear an employee talk about job security. Security is high on their list of priorities. Rarely do you see entrepreneurs putting security on top. More often you’ll see them either talking about their passion or their end profits. Or they talk about their adventure.

Entrepreneurs are boldly going where no one has gone before.

Robert Kiyosaki, author of Rich Dad, Poor Dad, is quoted as saying, “Employees are resource-oriented. Entrepreneurs are opportunity-oriented.”

This means that someone with an employee mindset might think about a business but they won’t start one because they don’t have the money yet. The entrepreneur minded person asks themselves how they can get the money to start a business.

I’ve said many times that the right answers appear once you start asking yourself the right questions.

I find in my own personality that I’m always “messing” with things. I want to find a way to improve the results from them. It’s part of my nature. I just can’t accept “this is the way we’ve always done it.” Whether I hear that in a church, in a business, or in everyday life it drives me crazy.

You’ve probably heard the statement, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” I have the personality where I’d want to take it apart just to see if we can put it back together better than it was before.

I don’t think I’d ever fit in a franchise set-up simply because I’d want to take everything apart and test it in different ways.

I’ve also noticed in my own life that I’m a little uncomfortable around those with severe employee mindsets. When they start talking about their jobs or how their boss mistreats them, I always want to respond, “Well tell them to take a hike then.”

Remember, I never was a very good employee!

And you can do that with bad clients (you simply refund their money and send them on their way).

It seems like there is a mindset difference in other areas as well. I’m always more comfortable around those who are entrepreneurs talking about their businesses. Even if they’re complaining I understand better where they’re coming from.

The question today is, “What traits make a good entrepreneur?”

What have YOU noticed that is a little different about entrepreneurs from those who make good employees?

What mindset is required for an entrepreneur that doesn’t fit well in an employee?

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