If you were to look up the word entrepreneur in the dictionary you would find that it means “a person who organizes and manages any enterprise, a business usually with considerable initiative and risk.”  These days the term entrepreneur is used so much that it seems like everybody from stay at home moms, to the local tattoo artist, are claiming to be such.  The truth is that as fancy as this word may be, anyone can be an entrepreneur.

Entrepreneurs can be any shape, size, age, race or religion.  What makes an entrepreneur? An entrepreneur is a person with commitment, the willingness to lead and the passion to succeed.  There are certain characteristics that many of the world’s most successful entrepreneurs share. Here are a few traits that can help you determine if you truly are an entrepreneur.

Great Focus – True entrepreneurs have great focus.  These are individuals that once they have a goal set, no one or nothing can stop them from accomplishing that goal.

Creative – Most entrepreneurs have a seemingly effortless way of being creative.  Thinking outside the box – that characteristic alone creates a greater earning potential for their business.

Good With Money – Being able to keep track and manage money wisely is another well-known characteristic of an entrepreneur.  Knowing where every dollar and cent is and where they are going is very important to entrepreneurs.

Decision Maker – One who can make big decisions on their own without worrying about others opinions.  Being able to stand behind their decision without any doubt whatsoever.

The Ability To Lead – Most entrepreneurs put themselves in the position of being the boss.  This may mean that this person has employees under him/her.  In this instance, the individual must be able to lead and give direction to others in a clear and productive manner.

Always Learning – True entrepreneurs never stop learning.  They are always eager to discover new, more efficient ways to make their business more successful.  Learning is a desire, not a necessity for these people.

Fearless – Having no fear is definitely a characteristic of an entrepreneur.  Not fearing critics, competitors, consumers and most of all, not fearing failure.

The list above will help you determine if you are indeed an entrepreneur.  If you are not an entrepreneur, but aspire to be one, you will need to develop most if not all of these traits.  If you take the time to embrace and practice these traits you will be well on your way to becoming a successful entrepreneur.