ENTREPRENEURSHIP / DEC. 06, 2015
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Are Entrepreneurs Rebels?

If you were a troublemaker as a kid, you no longer need to hide it. According to research being a rebel might be a good thing. It means that you could turn out to be a successful entrepreneur. Currently, there is much evidence that entrepreneurs are rebellious by nature as they possess similar characteristics to a troubled teenager.

In fact, a study by professors from the University of California and the London School of Economics showed that rebels make good entrepreneurs. After they examined the common characteristics amongst entrepreneurs they realised that ‘delinquent behavior’ was one of them. This also confirmed that many successful people who possessed this trait had a rule-breaking mentality that is found in most rebellious teenagers.

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Traits entrepreneurs share with rebellious teenagers include impatience, impulsiveness, risk-taking, restlessness and even aggressive behaviour. That’s why corporate executives are more likely to get into trouble – or even do drugs. These qualities are what set them apart from other people and they are accurate predictors of entrepreneurial success. So, if you had a permanent angry face as a teenager, you would probably be a good entrepreneur – albeit a bad-tempered one.  

Here are some signs that prove entrepreneurs are like teenage rebels:

#1 They Are Not Conformists

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Entrepreneurs want to challenge convention, bend the rules and set themselves free from whatever they feel is holding them back – even people. As such they rarely stay between the lines and reject the traditional way of doing things. For example, if you put them in a box, they would argue until they convinced you to get in there with them.

#2 They Never Take No For an Answer

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Successful entrepreneurs never take no for an answer. They refuse to let others tell them that something is impossible, and they know trusting their instinct is vital to success. As such, they believe in themselves and choose to ignore the naysayers who focus on the problems instead of solutions. They are passionately curious and optimistic and want to learn more about the things that can’t be done

#3 They Want To Create Something New

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Entrepreneurs aren’t afraid to disagree with you, and they will come up with hundreds of reasons why their idea is better than yours. They are always hungry for more success in their attempt to achieve their goal - and convince others to follow them - even though they might appear to be controlling and obsessive.

#4 They Want To Stand Out

Just like entrepreneurs, teenagers long for attention. No matter what their true passion is, they want to make something out of it and gain recognition. In fact, they are crazy enough to want to change the world. And by doing something big they are separating themselves from the rest of the flock. It is like they are always prepared to show everyone what they’ve got.

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Some people become entrepreneurs for the money, others for the recognition and because they want to change the world. But, most of them become entrepreneurs because they know they can’t fit into the corporate world any other way. If you have never thought about becoming one, you might want to give it another shot and find out if you were born an entrepreneur.  

So, what do you think, do rebels make good entrepreneurs? Let me know in the comments section below…

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