Driven: What Fuels the Entrepreneur

It’s no secret that successful entrepreneurs share similar traits. Common advice dictates that if you want to be successful you should do what successful people do. So it only stands to reason that if you want success it makes sense to emulate the behaviors and actions of successful entrepreneurs.

While there’s nothing wrong with this advice (it’s worked for others), it’s important to take a step back. No matter how hard you try, you won’t be able to replicate other people’s success unless you understand what makes them tick.

Entrepreneurs aren’t hardwired the same as everyone else. It’s their drive and motivation that is the secret to their success. So, what exactly fuels the entrepreneur?


The world is made up of three kinds of people: dreamers, doers, and entrepreneurs. Entrepreneurs see opportunities where others don’t. They have big ideas and are able to take action and execute while others seem to spin their wheels.

There is no shortage of good ideas. Everyone has them, but few can turn them into something profitable. One of the key differences between success and failure lies in the vision. Entrepreneurs can clearly see all the puzzle pieces and know how each one of them fits in the bigger picture.


“I don’t know what my purpose in life is” is a common phrase that gets thrown around all too often. Most people spend a lifetime trying to figure out this very thing. Entrepreneurs, on the other hand, seem to have it figured out from an early age. They know exactly what they want and how to go about getting it. Their purpose is the driving force behind everything they do, from their relationships to their actions.

It’s this unwavering purpose that results in them achieving their goals.


Anyone who goes down the entrepreneurial path knows that the road ahead won’t be an easy one. In fact, many entrepreneurs bank on it. That’s part of what makes it so appealing to them. They’re motivated by an insatiable desire to make something out of nothing. Their desire to succeed overrides any obstacle that presents itself along the way, and they don’t quit until they win.

As they say, the greater the risk, the greater the reward.


The most successful entrepreneurs are also great leaders. They have anit’s not about me, it’s about we” mentality. They realize that it takes a village to succeed and have a natural ability to bring people together. Their enthusiasm is contagious, which makes others want to be a part of their vision and rally around a common cause. 

Every entrepreneur can taste success, but when that success is achieved with others, it’s that much sweeter.


Most of us are afraid to fail. For entrepreneurs, it’s not so much failure that scares them, but rather, the fear of being ordinary. To some this comes across as narcissism, but for the entrepreneur, it’s about living up to their own potential. They don’t measure their worth on external validation, but rather on an internal barometer.

It’s the fear of not measuring up to their own ideals that fuel them to work harder.

Silence the Haters

Tell an entrepreneur that he can’t do something and chances are he’ll not only do it, but blow your expectations out of the water.

The thing about entrepreneurs is they love a good challenge. If someone doubts them or wants them to fail, it only adds kindle to their fire. They gain satisfaction from achieving what others think is impossible. Not because they’re cocky, but because they thrive in that environment. It’s a state in which they feel comfortable, and it often brings out their best work.


Everyone has their own definition of freedom. For many, it means having enough money in the bank and not having to worry about working. For the entrepreneur, it’s about doing things on their own terms and not having to answer to anyone else. In fact, entrepreneurs thrive on work that they are passionate about and often end up working far more than the average person.

Freedom to live life the way they see fit is what it’s really all about.

The key to success doesn’t lie so much in what you do but in how you do it.