It is the entrepreneurs’ personality that makes him/her start a business and make it successful. The entrepreneur often has a strong inner drive that makes him/her focus on achieving his/her goal. This goal is the object of his/her attention.
Do you recognize that strong inner drive?
What is your drive and what is the object of your attention?
Not rarely, this goal coincides with his/her ‘purpose’ or destination in life. Now, it is possible that the entrepreneur is not aware of this, but because his/her attention is focused on this goal, it is also where his/her energy will flow. We know this kind of energy as someone’s passion for something. ‘Passion & Purpose’.
Are you aware of and in connection with your ‘passion & purpose’?
Most of us and most entrepreneurs I talk to find it difficult to explain where their drive comes from, what its nature is, what their purpose is and what makes it theirs. When this is hard to describe, it means someone is not aware of (this part of) oneself.
However, being aware of yourself, knowing yourself (deeply), helps to achieve your goals in a more efficient and more fulfilling way.
To know yourself deeply helps to connect with your qualities, and with that you can deploy them with greater focus and less tension in order to achieve your goals. And possibly, a part of self-realization. Being aware of the journey you make in order to achieve your goals (including your self-realization), is much more fulfilling than achieving something beautiful without understanding how you did it. In that case success is often described as luck or other external factors.
Do you recognize this? To which external factors you tend to attribute your success or failure?
The sad thing about attributing success or failure to external factors, is not really being in control of yourself and what you do or do not achieve in the world. It more or less happens to you instead of you feeling responsible for it and experience being in control. Managing yourself means you are able to take responsibility for what you did or did not establish. Only if you take responsibility, you can learn, adjust your own ways and come up with actions that will lead to the desired results.
Taking responsibility and control of yourself, your life and your company, requires waking-up and getting to know yourself deeply by means of self-reflection.
For entrepreneurs who want to take this step of growth, the enneagram offers a powerful, sustainable, integral and fulfilling tool.
Powerful, because the nine mirrors which describe personality structures, open up the path to gain knowledge about and insight in the self in a very short period of time.
Sustainable, because this method is not just a one-time investment with a one-time result, but offers an ever growing harvest. Like a fruit tree that bears increasingly more fruit as it matures.
Integral, because both the enneagram model as the method seamlessly coexist with other instruments and will also continually increase their harvest.
Fulfilling, because every human being longs for self-realization intensely, and going this path of self-awareness will lead to connecting with the own destination and with that to self-realization.
Do you have a need for more practical answers and explanation?
Your company grows if you do
Every entrepreneur has an enneagram type, an inner psychological mechanism, which is the origin of his/her drive, which makes something very important on an unconscious level and is his/her object of attention. While expressing his/her enneagram type every entrepreneur has some natural qualities, skills and abilities. Those qualities have contributed to the success of the company. However, if they are exaggerated the same qualities can lead to limitations and even stand in the way of success. Think of perfectionism. For example, growth for this type of entrepreneur is about developing the ability to self-manage in order to recognize and be able to relax his/her own perfectionism. When this type of entrepreneur does not take action on this matter, sooner or later it is going to stand in the way of the company’s growth.
In addition, each enneagram type has aspects which fall out of sight because these are not essential from the type’s nature point of view. This could also stand in the way of the company’s growth when it is not addressed adequately by the entrepreneur. Developing an eye for things you do not see naturally, also requires self-management and with that growth of the entrepreneur.
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Jeanette van Stijn
P.S. I use he/she and him/her for a reason. Out of inclusiveness and because I myself do not like to read he, his and him in most articles. Although I am invited to recognize myself in it, I do not. I expect my readers are more than capable to adjust to this inconvenience.
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