If you have worked in a particular sector for awhile, you will soon develop a list of things that you think you could do better.
It’s inevitable for anyone who is paying attention to their job and trying to do their best. You see the way that things are run, often dictated from on high by managers who don’t know what life is like in the reality of the business. So you see the errors these influencers make, and you begin to wonder… maybe I could do a little bit better?
Over time, these ideas begin to stack up more and more. It happens in every industry, too – it’s universal in that sense. You find yourself at home with the kids from your legal job, thinking about how you could speed things up by switching to a different software. Or you’re going through the motions at the grocery store on your way home from your job at a dental clinic, all the while thinking about how an improved dental clinic fitout would be able to make customers feel more comfortable and reassured. Whatever the industry, it’s the little ideas, germs of plans, that keep forming in your mind of how things could be better.
So if these feelings just keep getting stronger and stronger, maybe they don’t have to be thoughts you have lost on the wind. Maybe, somewhere inside of you, there is a hidden entrepreneur just screaming to get out.
If the above scenarios are happening with any regularity, then that’s your first sign. You are a problem-solver, focusing on how things could be improved, made better. These are qualities that an entrepreneur has to have. No one can go into their own business with a vague feeling that they just want things to continue as they are. The drive of an entrepreneur comes from their love of change and their desire to innovate.
As for the second sign? That’s far simpler: have you ever loved the feeling of helping someone to do their job better? Perhaps it’s a colleague you have given advice to or the new trainee who you loved teaching to use the company software. If you have that desire to help people understand how things work, then you’re ticking another box. Entrepreneurs have to be sharing in their nature. They want to make things better, make improvements, fix problems—and they understand that doing that is going to mean getting the best out of people.
If you have never thought of yourself as an entrepreneurial type, then that in itself could be considered the third sign of the hidden entrepreneur in you. Humility is a surprising quality that binds together all the good business owners. Arrogance, on the other hand, makes for a very bad entrepreneur and boss someone who is going to make sudden decisions on a whim, not thinking of the consequences. If you’re a naturally humble person who has never thought of yourself as a leader or an innovator, then that’s a good sign.
So before you dive right back into life in the law firm, dentist office, or wherever it is that is your place of work – it’s worth a moment to think, isn’t it? If you’ve got a genuinely positive idea about how life could be improved in your industry, then why wait for someone else to put it into action? You might just be born for the business owning life after all.