How To Apply Entrepreneurial Traits

“Entrepreneurship is basically freedom”

“The things you don’t have to do and then do, that is the special sauce”

“It’s always about, what have you done for me lately?”

“At the end of the day, when you’re an entrepreneur, no one tells you to go do it. You just do it.” 

“Initiative is free.”

“Entrepreneurs don’t operate on manuals.”


  • Welcome Back: 00:30
  • Being Entrepreneurial Without Owning a Business: 1:30
  • Entrepreneurial Thinking In a 9-5: 6:30
  • How You Come Up: 14:10
  • Taking Initiative: 20:00
  • Closing Remarks: 23:45


Being entrepreneurial isn’t necessarily all about building a startup. It is the way you think, make decisions, your intention behind actions and the ability to persuade. Even if you do not run your own business, you can still be entrepreneurial. You can still benefit greatly from these characteristics and conversations. Creating systems that enable you to vet your own thoughts is a key entrepreneurial trait that can help you no matter what career you are in. A lot of entrepreneurs will go seek out people they look up to and try to learn from them. This doesn’t seem to be the case with most 9-5 workers. Entrepreneurs have this, “no bounds” mentality that enables them to see reaching these people as feasible.

Thinking like an entrepreneur is an intense cadence of repetition while maintaining an open mind and keeping an eye on the horizon. This way of thinking is not limited to entrepreneurs. It is simply a characteristic that helps them succeed, a characteristic that anyone can use to elevate themselves in their field. No matter the field, look at your job description and think of how you can execute this job at a deeper level than other people in your field. If you are in a 9-5 job and you begin to apply these rules of entrepreneurship it will show through to upper management. Increasing your chances of being selected for a promotion. Going above and beyond what is expected you without being told to do so, will get you noticed.

If you find yourself wondering whether or not you have the traits discussed in this episode, ask yourself, “Am I doing more than what is expected of me to make this company better?” If you are, then you are probably an entrepreneur. You are not required to do something, but you feel obligated because you WANT to make the company better. Always evaluate the systems around you and see if there is a way you can make things better. If you are thinking about something in your work that is outside the box, do not be afraid to submit a proposal to your boss. Even if they don’t accept it, they will take notice of you. Even if the idea isn’t implemented. It shows the initiative so then when the higher ups need something done, you can become the person they go to. They recognize that you have the drive and the skills. Then they are willing to give you a shot when they want something new done. When you break it down approaching your boss with an unsolicited proposal is just like going out to get a loan or venture funding. No one told you to do it. You decided and made yourself vulnerable to rejection.

Taking initiative is everything. Taking initiative free and it can’t be trained. However, if you take initiative, it demonstrates that you can be trained on how to use it more effectively. There is no playbook, there never will be. The job you have now is your foundation and it is your initiative that will help you build a house on that foundation.


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