7 Insights – Entrepreneurs and Intuition

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7 Insights – Entrepreneurs and Intuition

Why have Einstein, Branson, Buffet and Jobs all given credence to their intuition in their quest to succeed, stand apart and develop their ideas into breakthroughs, innovation, opportunity, job creation and wealth?

Below I identify 7 Insights of Entrepreneurs. Possibly you see yourself here and can relate to some of these characteristics of successful entrepreneurs that I have observed in my field of Intuition, Strategy and Coaching, whilst working with highly individual entrepreneurial achievers. I hope in writing this that it touches the entrepreneur in you and tempts you to take the plunge.

1. Fearlessness and Trust:

The first thing that identifies an entrepreneur, is a certain fearlessness that flies in the face of convention. As a positive and undiluted energy, fearlessness can be considered a component of trust. For, if we are fearless, we place our faith in something deeper, something steady and calm beneath the surface of our being. This, I believe is a core element of the entrepreneurial spirit. To step into the unchartered, to launch an idea, service or business that has not been developed before, or, to go where others have gone and possibly failed. This, in its purest form, is what intuition invites us to do, to know beyond a shadow of doubt that we have to do what our spirit beckons us to. For, to not respond, is to risk not living our potential. A successful entrepreneurial businessman I consult to, described his decision to act on his intuition in starting his business as, “a spiritual moment” in his life. He worked many long, arduous hours to achieve his success, building an empire on what he knew unerringly was his passion. If we heed our intuition in business, using it as a compass to steer us through the pitfalls and challenges that beset all business at times, we remain focused on the end goal. Quite simply, our intuition becomes our guiding light on dark and stormy nights.

2. Risk Taking:

Entrepreneurs are not risk averse. If anything, they welcome risk and are ready to go to the brink in pursuit of success and achievement in following their dream and taking it from an “insight “through to creation. Many entrepreneurs have failed at one enterprise, only to start another from scratch, knowing that it’s what they must do in order to live life fully, authentically and passionately.

3. Asking and Receiving:

Yet another aspect of an entrepreneur is their willingness to seek advice candidly and readily from colleagues, family, friends and consultants. That’s not to say that an entrepreneur will follow advice that does not feel right, yet they remain open to receiving, sifting and analysing information, indeed acting upon outside guidance, all the while sensing whether the information or advice rendered is a good fit for their vision. Entrepreneurs develop their wisdom skills as they respond to the internal dialogue of their own intuition, further activating and validating this innate ability. This too is a form of asking and receiving, albeit individual, beyond input from others.

4. Acting Swiftly:

A key talent is their ability to respond rapidly to what they sense is of benefit to their business or their strategy. They follow through in their decision making, sticking with a decision when others may try to persuade them otherwise. Intuition becomes an entrepreneur’s radar when decisions need to be made on the hoof and in the moment.

5. Flexibility:

Flexibility and adaptability is a distict trait entrepreneurs possess. Their ability to switch course when they sense that a new direction is called for. Is this intuition working at its optimum? Yes, for entrepreneurs see opportunity and possibility where more analytical minds lean more heavily in favour of past results, experience and data to determine outcomes.

6. Change:

Entrepreneurs welcome change, moving confidently and with apparent ease into unknown terrain, trusting that they are headed where they are meant to go and accepting that they are guided by a wisdom or truth greater than themselves.

7. Calm:

Remaining calm when calamity strikes is a key leadership skill. Intuitive leaders and entrepreneurs stay steady in their own beliefs, understanding and accepting this deep knowing that comes from trusting, accepting and acting on intuitive feelings that don’t lie in the realm of rational thought or traditional business practice.

Entrepreneurs and business leaders today have to stay informed, remain focused and decision make in the moment. Staying abreast of trends, leading new thought and transforming their organisations to keep pace with rapid transformation takes more than analytics, data and past experience. Should leaders be taking a closer look at this innate skill that we all possess? It’s called intuition and it’s not going away.

In the words of Steve Jobs “Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life…. have the courage to follow your heart and your intuition.”

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