Who Is The Best Entrepreneur?

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Many people have a complete misconception of what, exactly, makes someone an entrepreneur. Pop culture has bombarded us with the image of the money hungry businessman out to make a profit at whatever cost to his personal life and relationships, not all too far from Jesse Eisenberg’s portrayal of Facebook founder Mark Zuckerburg in 2010’s Social Network. However, having spent the last semester in my first entrepreneurial studies, it is clear that the real entrepreneurs of our society have qualities that go much deeper than a lust for money or fame. Entrepreneurship is defined by Bruce Barringer, of Oklahoma State University, as “the process by which individuals pursue opportunities without regard to resources they currently control,” and in order to fulfill this role an entrepreneur must possess the qualities of a leader as have been discussed in our time in Project LEAD thus far. Specifically, they must possess a mix of traits that has come to be known as emotional intelligence. The need for emotional intelligence can be clearly seen when analyzing its key components and how entrepreneurs use them. The first and one of the most important components of emotional intelligence is self-awareness. According to Daniel Goleman in his Harvard Business Review article on emotional intelligence, “self-awareness means having a deep understanding of one’s emotions, strengths, weaknesses, needs, and drives,” or to put it simply, having an understanding of why you do what you do.
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