In a study, 5 monkeys were placed in a cage. Inside the cage was a ladder with a banana at the top. As expected, one monkey spotted the banana and started to climb the ladder to get it. He was immediately sprayed with ice cold water, and so were the other 4 monkeys. Each time a monkey tried to climb the ladder, all 5 monkeys were sprayed. Soon none of the monkeys would try to climb the ladder.
Then a new monkey was added to the cage and one original monkey was removed. The new monkey spotted the banana and tried to climb the ladder to get it. This time no water was needed because the other monkeys pulled him down and beat him up. The researcher continued adding a new monkey and taking away an original monkey until there were no original monkeys left.
The 5 new monkeys had never been sprayed with the water and had no idea why they weren’t allowed to climb the ladder but any time one did, they were beaten up by the other monkeys.
This was an experiment in mob mentality – we just do things because that’s the way it’s done. Yet, here we are… trailblazing. Making our own rules.
What makes an entrepreneur?
1. Passion. Without passion we would end up following someone else’s dream. Passion is what keeps us going when others don’t believe in us, when sales are slow, and those times when we would just rather just let someone else do all the work.
2. A love for learning. I can’t see anyone starting their own business without learning something new. For most of us, we are learning everything new. Entrepreneurism isn’t really taught in schools. How to get a job is.
3. Discipline. We don’t have anyone looking over our shoulder. Therefore, to be an entrepreneur we have to be self-motivated and self-disciplined or nothing would get done.
What other characteristics do you think it takes to be an entrepreneur? What made you an entrepreneur instead of going with the flow?