Select Page

An enterprising person is one who comes across a pile of scrap metal and sees the making of a wonderful sculpture. An enterprising person is one who drives through an old decrepit part of town and sees a new housing development. An enterprising person is one who sees opportunity in all areas of life.

Related: How Do You Attract Opportunity Into Your Life?

To be enterprising is to keep your eyes open and your mind active. To be skilled enough, confident enough, creative enough and disciplined enough to seize opportunities when they present themselves. A person with an enterprising attitude says, “Find out what you can do before taking action.” Do your homework. Do the research. Be prepared. Be resourceful. Do all you can in preparation of what’s to come.

Enterprising people always see the future in the present. Enterprising people always find a way to take advantage of a situation, not be burdened by it. And enterprising people aren’t lazy. They don’t wait for opportunities to come to them—they go after the opportunities. Enterprise means always finding a way to keep yourself actively working toward your ambition.

You need two things to be enterprising:

1. Creativity—to see what’s out there and to shape it to your advantage. You need creativity to look at the world a little differently. You need creativity to take a different approach—to be different.

2. Courage—to be creative. You need courage to see things differently, courage to go against the crowd, courage to take a different approach, courage to stand alone if you have to, courage to choose activity over inactivity.

Being enterprising doesn’t just relate to the ability to make money. Being enterprising also means feeling good enough about yourself, having enough self-worth to seek advantages and opportunities that will make a difference in your future. By doing so, you will increase your confidence, your courage, your creativity and your self-worth–your enterprising nature.

Related:It Only Takes 6 Steps to Plan Your Success

This post originally appeared on SUCCESS.com.

Don't Wait Until Tomorrow
Don’t Wait Until Tomorrow

Time offers opportunity but demands a sense of urgency.

How to Keep Yourself Encouraged
How to Keep Yourself Encouraged

Here is a familiar scenario for all of us: You have...

Turn Nothing Into Something
3 Ways to Turn Nothing Into Something

To turn nothing into something, you’ve got to start with ideas...

Stop Wishing for the Life You Want
Stop Wishing for the Life You Want

Ambition is a minute-by-minute, day-by-day mentality. To have the ambition to...

feed your mind
Feed Your Mind With Good Ideas, and Refine Your Philosophy

Feed your mind just as you do your body. Can you...

Learn From Your Child
4 Things You Can Learn From Your Child

Be more like a child no matter how old you get....

the formula for success
The Formula for Success and Failure

Failure is not a single, cataclysmic event. We do not fail...

character
Character Is Your Masterpiece to Build

Character is the result of hundreds and hundreds of choices you...

The Powerful Combination of Words and Emotion

Well-chosen words mixed with measured emotions is the basis of affecting...

How to Deal With the Negative Influences in Your Life

If you were to evaluate the major influences in your life...

8 Ways to Master the Art of Communication

The better you become at using these tools, the better you’ll...

The 4 Building Blocks of Good Communication

Effective communication is a critical component of mastering success. By mastering...

leader
How Do You Want People to See You as a Leader?

For a leader, honesty and integrity are absolutely the keys to...

The Biggest Challenge You'll Face as a Leader
The Biggest Challenge You’ll Face as a Leader

Once you’ve set a goal for yourself as a leader—whether it’s...

6 Essential Traits of Good Character

Success as a leader is built on the foundation of character....

7 Personality Traits of a Great Leader

If you want to be a great leader who attracts quality...

5 Tips for Using Your Time Wisely
5 Tips for Using Your Time Wisely

Run the day or it will run you.

Being Successful Is a Personal Choice

The epitome of success is giving a design to your life...

How to Start a New Discipline

Success starts by becoming the master over the small details of...

The Best Ways to Beat Procrastination

Perseverance is about as important to achievement as gasoline is to...