By Gino Wickman
As a visionary, the better you know thyself and stay in your sweet spot, the happier you’ll be, the more your company will grow, and the less chaos you will create.
Mark and I worked hard for more than two years writing Rocket Fuel and creating a clear definition of the role of the visionary (and integrator).
In my new project, Leap, I’m devoting energy toward helping entrepreneurs-in-the-making get a huge jump-start on taking their entrepreneurial leap. These are the future visionaries of the world.
As a part of the project, I’ve further simplified the definition of the DNA of a visionary entrepreneur.
A visionary entrepreneur possesses six essential traits. Here they are in a nutshell:
- Problem Solver
- Risk Taker
The point of Leap is to help entrepreneurs-in-the-making determine if they possess the six essential traits and if they’re entrepreneurs-in-the-making—future visionaries.
This work made me think of you, and I thought I’d give you an opportunity to do a little “check-up” on yourself as a visionary.
Please take a minute to think about these traits and confirm that you’re staying in your sweet spot, fully being a visionary and still exhibiting the traits that helped get you and your company to where it is. Let it serve as a check-up.
Make sure that you’re exhibiting these traits, in the following ways:
- Visionary: Is your vision still crystal clear? Do you have an absolute pulse on your customers/clients? Are you still seeing around corners, being innovative, and connecting the dots?
- Passionate: Are you still passionate about your business, your product/service, and your customers/clients? Are you perpetuating that passion throughout your organization?
- Problem Solver: Are you creatively solving the big problems your company is facing? Are you pushing through setbacks, barriers, and obstacles?
- Driven: Do you still have the internal fire, the competitive edge, and the urgency?
- Risk Taker: Are you making the tough decisions that need to be made? Do you avoid over analyzing? Are you keeping your rebellious nature and not fearing failure?
- Responsible: Are you blaming no one and always looking in the mirror when casting blame?
I also urge you to take this assessment to confirm that you’re at 90+.
Please stay 100 percent in your personal sweet spot. You owe it to your people, your company, and your integrator (if you have one). Stay out of managing people, details, and follow-through. Be you and let your freak flag fly!
If you want to help an entrepreneur-in-the-making get a huge jump-start in their life, order them a copy of my new book coming out in October, Leap: Do You Have What It Takes to Become an Entrepreneur?, or send them to the Leap website.
Thanks for your support.