An important part of the American Dream is become a self-sufficient entrepreneur, to be able to control your own destiny and grow to beyond your wildest dreams. The unfortunate truth is most people let their own self-doubt and insecurities get in the way of breaking out from the achieving their goals. 

A Dallas, Texas based entrepreneur named Marc Sparks is an example of not letting your average schooling, or background stand in your way of becoming the best you can be. In fact, Mr. Sparks is currently working on a book titled “They Can’t Eat You” that outlines how anyone can become a successful business owner. Sparks, currently the head of Timber Creek Capital, an investment and venture capital firm, has been involved in the telecommunications, real estate, and business solutions sectors. 

An entrepreneur is someone who starts a business (or multiple businesses), ignoring the risks in order to achieve their goals. Some entrepreneurs define their goals as wealth or financial success while others seek to build their business to provide social good. The goals of becoming an entrepreneur are as varied as entrepreneurs are themselves, but the common thread among all of them is a desire to achieve their goals whatever they may be. 

Entrepreneurs share a number of common traits and characteristics. All of theses attributes can be learned and developed albeit some easier than others. The basic characteristics of any entrepreneur are that they are leaders. They have learned how to get people to follow them on their path, or buy their goods or services. A good leader will make people want to follow them, not by coercion or manipulation, but by their charisma and the faith they have in themselves and those around them. They see things from a high level, but do not hesitate to put up the shovel and dig the hole themselves if that is what is needed to complete the task.

As leaders, they demonstrate an unshakable belief in themselves and in their mission. If they have set out to provide a new service, then they will have absolute confidence that their service is the best available to solve their customer’s problems and fill their needs. However, they also know that an unwavering belief has to be tempered with the ability to change and make corrections to their paths as additional, newer or more accurate information becomes available. Their core values do not change, but the path to achieving those values remain flexible.

Marc Sparks will likely agree that an entrepreneur must develop the habit of planning everything like a chess master. Also, entrepreneurs must become their own most ardent self-promoters. Above all to be a successful entrepreneur, you have to enjoy what you do and have fun in the process.