Born This Way

Born This Way

Lifestyle | Posted by - October 21, 2012 at 1:25 pm

There's something they tell actors when they're starting their career: "If you can imagine doing anything else with your life — anything at all — do it." The life of an actor is hard, but even more, it's all-encompassing. It takes over every part of your life. So if you don't have that drive, that belief this is the one and only life for you, find another career.

I think the same is true for entrepreneurs.

I don't believe entrepreneurs are made. I believe they're born. Some people have the singular drive, the vision, and the determination to go out and start and run their own businesses. It comes naturally to them. You can't teach someone who doesn't have that drive how to be an entrepreneur. You can teach a bad entrepreneur to be better. And you can teach a good entrepreneur to be great. But you're either an entrepreneur or you're not.

So… do you have that drive?

Great. Then this site is for you. is about the Entrepreneurial Lifestyle. Because it is a lifestyle. You don't stop being an entrepreneur when it hits five o'clock. It's not about balancing your entrepreneurial life versus your personal life. It's a way of thinking and a way of seeing the world. You're an entrepreneur when you're pitching a product to potential investors and you're an entrepreneur when you're tucking your kids in bed at night.

We're here to help you make the most of it. We want to bring you together with other entrepreneurs in a community, so you can talk and share and laugh together. We have our own challenges and triumphs and who better to learn from than other entrepreneurs.

And we want to celebrate what it means to be an entrepreneur. Because you're the visionaries. The job creators. The fire-starters. It's your ideas and your passion and your hard work that drive our economy. And our country.

For that, you deserve thanks. And applause.

Let's get the party started.

Tags: arlene dickinson, dickinson, blog, entrepreneur, lifestyle

Haley Evans
October 22, 2012 at 1:36 pm

Wonderful post Arlene, thank you!

Vanessa McWilliams
October 22, 2012 at 4:01 pm

I am the definition of 'Born this way' for my business. I lost all of my hair from Alopecia at 9 years old, grew up tormented about being a bald girl, and really hit rock bottom. After 17 years of wearing wigs, I really realized I wasn't alone, and that the compassion for women looking for wig options wasn't there. So I started my own Mobile Wig Boutique. I am a Wig wearing woman, helping wig wearing women in the comfort of their own homes, hospital rooms or on a friends couch. It has absolutely changed my life for the better! Thank you Arlene! 

Sarah Juma
October 22, 2012 at 5:35 pm

Your support of small business is incredible, thank you. Once that entrepreneurial flame is light it cannot be extinguished. I look forward to learning from this talented group of visionaries.

Vlad Chernenko
October 23, 2012 at 12:47 am

I agree with a point that entrepreneurs are not made. One does need a certain motivational drive to become an entrepreneur.
However I believe that many more people are born with such drive, then one would think.
Several days ago I picked a book by Daniel H. Pink called "Drive" in which he outlines a theory of intrinsic motivation and how it applies in business. It seems that two out of the three elements he describes, namely autonomy and purpose, are the major driving elements of entrepreneurial spirit. And according to research most of us have them. It all depends on a combination of strength of those elements in a person and external conditions, which can suppress or trigger their development.
It is a fascinating read and helped me to understand why I quit my very well paid job and am working longer shifts and spending my money on something that was not done before. I know it will be done by my team :).

Meagan Hanes
October 23, 2012 at 1:36 am

It's so nice to finally put a name to that feeling of ambitious drive, and congratulations on the launch of this new venture. I'm looking forward to contributing to this community and helping it grow!

Bobby Lake
October 23, 2012 at 5:05 pm

I agree that people are born with a mindset to become an entrepreneur. You may not have the sources and networking readily available but you will drive to succeed to make the most of what you have to achieve your goals. We are born and molded in a way to adjust and adapt to daily challenges that we overcome which equates into success and fueling the 'fire of motivation'. 

Melody Dover
October 24, 2012 at 12:03 am

Thanks Arlene for the reminder that we are all in this together, and probably a little bit crazy too! Being an entrepreneur is something that is not for the faint hearted, so thank you for creating this online environment for folks like me to join in on the conversation. All too often, we can feel like we are going it alone and that we are the only ones going through whatever challenge we may be encountering. Reading your article has given me the boost I needed tonight, as I work at the office while Hubby/Business Partner is at home with our little one. Thanks for reminding me of the drive to make a difference and to take pride in what I have created. I look forward to seeing what else this site brings to light in the future.

Reg Sheffield
October 24, 2012 at 4:39 pm

Very interesting stories.  I feel somewhat connected.. 

I expect to comment at times, but it is nice to just view/listen also. 

Speaking of drive, i didn't work a lot as a kid.  Im kind of a late bloomer to discover the entrepreneurial spirit whithin me.

I have strengths and I have weaknesses.  However, I am doing it...

I believe that hard work pays off, although, through experience, I know that I need to balance my business, personal and family life.

Carla Charles
October 24, 2012 at 9:54 pm are clearly an entrepreneur, however, do you consider the people that work for you also entrepreneurs.  I'm asking this because I want to know if we can have the entrepreneurial gene, but still work at managing and developing a business for someone else?  Is there no middle ground on this.  You are or you aren't?

Zulubear ~ Annette Young
October 25, 2012 at 12:17 am

Is that what that is?

All this time I thought I was being driven by something in me. It has been a life full of one synchronistic moment lending itself to the next.

Always waiting for the next one to be explored. 

Every one of them triggered by human need seeking relief.

I thought it was following a dream that dreamt itself at age six while  sitting on daddy's knee. I announced, while hearing something Jimney Cricket said about follow your conscience, which by the way I thought meant consciousness or heart,

"When I grow up I am gonna help Walt Disney to make happy memories for kids who can't spell."

Now after twenty years of paying kids to tell their side of the story in education, asking each one of them, "What do you need to  make it feel better for you?" 

The answer turns out to be 'sumtimz fonix duzn't werk'.

So simple.

So together we taught each other a solution, that was the easy part. It works! 

Here I am learning all about the ABC's of a different alphabet. How to be a business entrepreneur to get all that out into the hands of those who need it most.

I am so greatfull for you Arlene.

Benjamin Sagadore
October 25, 2012 at 1:22 pm

<<< born one. :)

Ralf Chlipalski
October 26, 2012 at 12:31 pm

If you're born that way, then it should be possible to precisely define the traits that make up an entrepreneur and to what level each of these traits is dialed up. How positive, realistic, industrious, creative, authoritarian, common sensible, guilt-free, analytical, spirtual, personable, judgemental, intellectual,  etc. are entrepreneurs? What is their spirit animal or what do they score on the Briggs-Meyers personality test? 

Ralf Chlipalski
October 28, 2012 at 1:04 am

Spirit animal: the beaver. Creative when it has to be but more often than not it's got it's nose to the grind stone, grinding away. Or it sees a problem and starts plugging away. It's always worried about putting food on the table or putting the table into food. That makes it an outside the box thinker. It likes to network, usually by slapping its tail on the surface of the water. But it doesn't run with the herd, in fact there's no such thing as a herd of beavers, it likes its independence. So, in conclusion, I'm more of a wolverine (I wish).

Ms Janet T. Winterz
October 30, 2012 at 3:28 pm

In my family it runs on the female side only. The men not so much. They prefer secure government jobs. The women are the entrepreneurs the go getters, the small business owners. I consider myself fortunate to be the next generation of that group in spite of the fact we have rarely discussed it in our family. It's an expectation more so than a discussion.

Kirchner Group
November 7, 2012 at 1:27 pm

Some of you may enjoy this related article that was recently posted on Businessweek. Entrepreneurship: In the Blood?

Laura-Jean Bernhardson
December 22, 2012 at 11:41 pm

Yes, I do seem to be born this way.  Looking back, I was always scheming as a kid.  With a friend I opened a comic book library in her shed.  We lent comics for free but charged late fees.  Having kids not return them closed that venture down and I went on to various bake sales, carnivals and yard sales.  In high school i Saskatoon in the 80's I made clothes and jewellery and sold them.  When I was 22 and out of school wondering how the heck I would ever get a real job, I started making jewellery again and selling it.  That turned into a mini-fashion empire that I'm set to grow beyond the 3 boutiques we have today and take over the world, revolutionizing the fashion industry in the process.  I don't know how I thought that since I didn't know how to find a job I'd "just" start my own business but I guess I was just born that way!  ha ha!


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