Get Your Head in the Game: What is an Entrepreneurial Mindset?

As an entrepreneur, you’re at the front line of business. You have to make good decisions, be confident in your abilities and anticipate change. Business ownership is a mental game – do you possess the right mindset to succeed?

Entrepreneurs are recognized for their skill sets and have long been studied for their adaptability and risk-taking. The entrepreneurial mindset is a sought-after set of traits.

What is an ‘entrepreneurial mindset’?

You don’t need to be an entrepreneur to have an entrepreneurial mindset. You can be an entrepreneur in your own life!

It is about the approach you take to situations by being innovative, creative, and problem-solving – all traits that contribute to being an entrepreneur. This cross-functional set of life and professional skills includes:

Personality Scales

  • Independence
  • Limited Structure
  • Nonconformity
  • Risk Acceptance
  • Action Orientation
  • Passion
  • Need to Achieve

Skill Scales

  • Future Focus
  • Idea Generation
  • Execution
  • Self-Confidence
  • Optimism
  • Persistence
  • Interpersonal Sensitivity

How do I know if I have an entrepreneurial mindset?

At Women’s Enterprise Centre, we have started using the Entrepreneurial Mindset Profile™ (EMP) to help our clients identify their areas of strength and weakness so they can focus on their development and leverage their competitive edge.

Based on extensive research, the EMP compares your scores on these 14 personality and skill scales to data from entrepreneurs and corporate managers. Upon completion of your assessment questionnaire, you receive a report that includes resources and actionable tips to foster your entrepreneurial spirit.


Want to learn more about how you can foster your own entrepreneurial mindset?

Join us on August 9 at Hervana Coworking Collective in Vancouver for an interactive workshop: Need to Know: Mindset Mastery for Business Growth! Your ticket includes your own EMP assessment. Learn more >>

Kerrilee Auger

Kerrilee Auger is the Skills Development Manager at Women’s Enterprise Centre, based in our head office in Kelowna. Kerrilee develops and delivers training and mentoring programs to help women entrepreneurs throughout BC to realize their business potential.

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