Gladiator Lacrosse® was founded in 2012 by 13 year old entrepreneur and lacrosse player, Rachel Zietz. The idea for Gladiator Lacrosse came from Rachel’s disappointment with the quality, cost and lack of selection of current product offerings. Like every player wishing to improve his or her game, Rachel’s coaches advised her to play “wall ball” and practice her shot as much as possible. However, the quality of the products she purchased for use in the backyard would not hold up to the weather outdoors, or were too expensive.
Participating in the Young Entrepreneurs Academy Program (co-sponsored by Florida Atlantic University and Boca Raton Chamber of Commerce) gave Rachel the idea to start a business which would provide high-quality lacrosse equipment at an affordable price; thus Gladiator Lacrosse was born.
By Matt Ehrlichman Founder and CEO, Porch
Five indicators that demonstrate that the entrepreneurial spirit is alive and thriving in someone.
1) They are in-tune with their passion.
Think of the last conversation you had with someone about something they were deeply passionate about. It doesn't matter if the subject is completely uninteresting to you, the conviction in their voice and the authentic enthusiasm they have for it is captivating. Passionate people know what it's like to dive deep into a subject and completely understand it. This is something we look for when hiring at my startup Porch.com. When people are genuinely passionate about the problems that your company is trying to solve, they will be energized by any challenge that stands in their way.
2) They are always questioning how it can be done better.
Mark Twain once said, "Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect." The average person rarely considers how ordinary things can be made better or improved--those with the entrepreneurial spirit can't help themselves. They are continually questioning why things are done the way they are and aren't afraid to go against the majority to make changes. It's impressive in an interview when a candidate has real questions for the business and suggestions and ideas on how existing product could be improved.
3) Optimistic about all possibilities
To be entrepreneurial by nature is to be optimistic. People with the entrepreneurial spirit don't spend time thinking about what they can't do, but instead ask themselves, "Why can't I?" When starting up, the odds of success are strongly against you, so you really need people are optimistic more than ever. Look for candidates that get excited by the idea of aggressive challenges and big goals. They are the ones will push the boundaries of what was once thought impossible.
4) They take calculated risks
In addition to optimism, entrepreneurs are predisposed to a high tolerance for risk. But it doesn't mean they jump blindly into action, it's instead the opposite. Those with the entrepreneurial spirit make calculated moves while understanding that there are never any guarantees of success. It's also the ability to work autonomously and be decisive. The playbook isn't always clear, so it's ideal to be able to say agile and adapt in a high degree of ambiguity.
5) Above all, they execute
I can't count how many times I've had aspiring entrepreneurs come up to me for advice on their untested ideas. My response is always to go out and act on your ideas first to get real feedback. That's because ideas are meaningless until they are acted on. Those with the entrepreneurial sprit realize that execution is everything when it comes down to success or failure. Find hire the people that have the drive to execute at all times, no matter what the circumstances.
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Something, such as a thought or conception, that is the product of mental activity or An opinion, conviction, or principle.
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Entrepreneurship is the process of starting a business or other organization. The entrepreneur develops a business model, acquires the human and other required resources, and is fully responsible for its success or failure.
An entrepreneur is a person who starts a new business and usually risks their own money to start the venture.
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