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By Mike Cooper | Broker in Winchester, VA

Calling All Entrepreneurs. There Is A World To Change Out There!

Calling All Entrepreneurs. There Is A World To Change Out There! 

A few years ago, a friend who was intrigued with my day-trading prowess asked if I thought he could do it.  I received that question a lot, and I had a standard answer, "Would you hang-glide?"  Day trading is a challenging, if not financially dangerous game to play, but the rewards are amazing.  If you don't have the stomach to jump off a cliff with a wing attached to your back, you're probably not day-trading material, and that's OK.

I tend to look at real estate the same way.  A real estate agent is an entrepreneur.  You may not think of yourself as an entrepreneur, but you really are.  An entrepreneur is someone "who organizes and manages any enterprise, especially a business usually with considerable risks (Dictionary.com).  I've heard so many people say, "I could never be an entrepreneur."  Why?  "Too much risk.  I couldn't take the stress."  Really? 

If you're a Realtor, you already are an entrepreneur.  The day you took that salesperson exam and hung your license in an office you became an entrepreneur.   I have always been an entrepreneur.  I think that's one of the things that attracted me to real estate.   What are some of the characteristics of an entrepreneur?  Read on and judge for yourself.

  • Entrepreneurs don't like having anyone determine their income, use of their time or level of personal freedom.
  • Entrepreneurs aren't afraid of going it alone.  They thrive on self-management and self-determination.
  • Entrepreneurs have tapped into the concept of vision.  That doesn't mean they have all the vision, but they know they can take an idea that exists and reproduce it 10+% better and create their own niche.  That's why no one uses an IBM desktop computer today.  Once IBM established the platform in the 80s, many entrepreneurs took their idea to the next level and created their own brands that were better.  Ever hear of Compaq, HP, Apple?
  • Entrepreneurs are always looking for new ways, better ways, more efficient ways of doing things.  Time is money, and if an idea can create a more efficient process in less time - there will be more time to generate more ideas.  It's a cycle that repeats itself over and over.
  • Entrepreneurs have a healthy unhappiness with the status quo.  They rarely settle when they think there is more that can be accomplished.
  • Entrepreneurs tend to be ravenous about learning.  That may work out in reading books, taking classes, experimenting, looking for a mentor, linking up with other entrepreneurs, etc.  The world of knowledge is a bottomless feeding bowl for a hungry mind.
  • Entrepreneurs see the world as their canvas to paint their masterpieces upon. 

I love being an entrepreneur.  Ironically, selling real estate isn't enough for me.  I love what I do, and I'm enjoying it and I will continue, but there is more.  I'm always looking for new ways to take what I do, and what I know, to meet a new need that isn't being met.  What will does that mean?  It will mean new business within the sphere of my current business.  I'll share some of that in a later blog. 


Give me a call for all your real estate needs, and let's make something amazing happen. 

Mike Cooper @ Cornerstone Business Group, Inc., 888-722-6029

Real Estate Sales and Property Management

(Disclaimer:  All grammatical mistakes, punctuation breakdowns and misspellings are purely for your amusement and entertainment.  Feel free to cackle.)

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