Many people say all entrepreneurs are a little ‘crazy’. What seems like a huge risk to most, doesn’t seem like a risk to most entrepreneurs.
I have grown up around many entrepreneurs: friends in college who had start-ups - some highly successful and others an immediate loss, members in business organizations, and USC alumni who have recounted their inspiring stories many times. I have learned that some kind of trauma or insecurity is what drives most entrepreneurs in their quest for success. Matthew Gwyther, an editor for Management Today, says, “As one-off mavericks, they elude categorization, yet the characters who launch and nurture businesses all seem to have something to prove.”
I have to admit that I had something to prove at 22, when I decided to start my business from scratch. However, I have now grown. Over the years I feel that my drive has deteriorated as my need to prove something has almost disappeared. Whether it is your drive to succeed, to stay fit or simply to be a good friend - it is a little scary to lose your drive. It’s uncomfortable to think that a “survival” or “desperate” mentality can drive you to succeed, but once you are remotely comfortable or secure… your drive is gone.
Luckily, I am a business motivation and self-improvement book junkie. I have read time and time again about being driven from a place of love and vision. Although I have not yet experienced this, I get the feeling that I am graduating from being in survival mode and having something to prove. I look forward to being driven by vision and love. The possibilities of what could come seem magical.
Stop and take a moment to consciously think about how you may be out to prove something. Will you be able to handle the workload and push through with the same tenacity if you didn’t have something to prove? What drives you?
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