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What Type Of Entrepreneur Are You?

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Have you been bitten by the entrepreneur bug? Are you worried that you won’t bring enough to the table in order to compete? Here’s a great first tip – stop comparing yourself!

If there’s one thing I wish I had done (and maybe will get around to doing) it would have to be starting my own business. I’ve had so many ideas over the years, but I would always kick them to the curb. Why? I always assumed someone else had already done it and probably was already doing it better than I ever could. I’m not only my own worst critic but also my biggest roadblock. I had to stop putting myself in a bubble, assuming I would have to become the next Thomas Edison if I wanted to make it. Recode spoke with authors of “Built For Growth,” Chris Kuenne and John Danner, about this very issue.

“As we got into it, we realized that who you are actually shapes how you build your company,” Kuenne said on the latest episode of Recode Decode, hosted by Kara Swisher. “There’s a lot of research out there that separates from entrepreneurs to non-entrepreneurs; we think that’s a lot of hooey.”

“Anybody can be an entrepreneur,” Kuenne added. “There’s also an assumption that all the most successful entrepreneurs are the same; they’re all like Steve Jobs. We went out and proved that there are actually four distinct types of entrepreneurs.”

What exactly are those four types of entrepreneurs? Do you fall into one of their categories? Check them out below!

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The Driver:

I’m pretty sure we’ve all worked for someone like this. These are the people who have such an intense level of focus on their business, they can end up forgetting that not everyone is going to be just as passionate as they are.

They tend to not brook too much dissent; they tend to expect the same level of intensity from the people around them; [and] they tend to value talents very much like themselves, so they’re hiring ‘mini-mes,’ when in fact they need to be hiring a broader, more diverse set of folks.”

The Crusader:

Many people have started a business not only because they saw something was lacking but also because they may have found that they needed something that no one else could provide, which in turn gave them a mission. They woke up and decided they would provide this service or product for the world and fell in love with the idea of making it happen, but not necessarily how they would go about actually making it work.

Because they fly at such a high level of abstraction, they love the idea and its solution; they’re not very good operationally.

The Explorer:

Explorers like to look for different solutions. They see what other people are already doing and figure out a way to do it in a completely different fashion. They pride themselves on their ability to think outside of the box which is always a good trait to have when you’re starting a business. They just have to remember the human side of things, too.

Explorers have that analytical capability, which is quite impressive; they start to struggle because they sometimes view the other resources around them — specifically, people — as inputs into an equation in their mind.

The Captain:

The Captain is not your best friend but they will support you and your work in order to tap into your productivity. This type of businessperson cares only about where you belong within an organization and if you even actually belong there.

Sometimes people mistake the Captain for being compassionate. The Captain is actually pretty calculating in putting you in the right job.

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Alyssa Shea

Alyssa Shea

Alyssa Shea transplanted from Illinois to South Carolina. She loves to write, read, and spend time with her dog and her family. Alyssa is very active on social media. She has been part of the AccelaWork team since 2013.
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