Patterns, numbers, equations, those are the things that I believe very brilliant business people study. The old adage “You Can’t Manage What You Don’t Measure” is definitely true. How do we manage things? We measure them. How do we measure them? By counting them. When looking back over my successes and failures I can definitely tie my successes back to multiple attempts. I can see the number of tries, number of attempted solutions, and number of times that I got up and tried again.
That single line made me think a lot about the simple question, what is an entrepreneur? Why can they create value with so little capital? What is the difference between being a one man shop, and an enterprise? What do entrepreneurs do that make them succeed in the long run? One of my favorite leaders of all time, Winston Churchill, said this about entrepreneurs: “Some regard private enterprise as if it were a predatory tiger to be shot. Others look upon it as a cow that they can milk. Only a handful see it for what it really is – the strong horse that pulls the whole cart.” Here are the top 10 reasons why I believe entrepreneurs succeed.