We are not rational people!

I love to see the ideas that develop and grow here.  People often ask me what kind of personal skills make someone a candidate to have their own business.  And when I start listing the things I think are helpful, I find that I touch on many things that seem to be contradictory. 

Is it better to be an extrovert or an introvert?  A dreamer or a realist?  A thinker or a doer?  A socializer or a loner?  Is it more valuable to have imagination or practical skills?  To be  left-brained or right-brained?  Dominant or reserved?  Analytical or expressive?  Change-loving or schedule conforming?  Super intelligent or just normal?  Gorgeous or average? 

I’ve come to the conclusion that there is no “right” or “predicable” pattern that leads to successful business operation.  I think most of us defy rational explanation or categories.  The businessperson is someone using both sides of their brains.  The right side pours out dreams, passions and fantasies and the left side takes that and creates patterns and systems to allow results that benefit everyone and magically produce money as well.  You can have the soul of an artist – and your business is a shaped release of that art.  You can be a logical precisionist and your business brings life to those otherwise boring and useless details. 

Welcome to the world of entrepreneurship – there are no obstacles, no barriers.  No wrong personal attributes, backgrounds, or education – just opportunity for all!

2 Responses to “We are not rational people!”

  1. Bill Howard Says:

    If it weren’t for the supporting comments I have had over the years after leading a group, teaching a class , or providing a theatrical performance, I would be dead, well not literally, but you know what I mean. My key words are preach, teach, and cook. Well, I am not sure what cooking has to do with doing a 48 days seminar, but the preach and teach words work well. All parts of my brain are engaged. All aspects of my background and experience coming into play. And, most assuredly, the reward of seeing a face light up with enlightenment is priceless.

  2. Forbes Gilchrist Says:

    One thing I have learned over the many years I have had, here on earth, and in various business relationships/employments is that I am not a one sided person. I am an engineer, therefore and introvert, a marketer/sales person, (extrovert?), imaginative and an entrepreneur, at least at heart. I grew up an introvert, I got married as an introvert, worked as an introvert and just recently discovered that is all wrong. I am an extrovert! Really, I am. Anyway, I do see what Dan is talking about here. No matter what we are, we do have some capacity to develop and grow a business idea. I know I am always on the look out fo a better idea that I can incorporate in my business activities.

    I think that no matter who we are, as long as we can find a passion, a calling, something that needs improvement, we can find a way to make money and in the process help others along the way. To me, helping others is the only way to justify making a LOT of money.

    With God’s power on my side, I see a light at the end of my tunnel.


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