Regardless of whether you own a business or you work for someone else, anyone can tap into their entrepreneurial spirit.

Most people think that you have to be a business owner to have entrepreneurial spirit, but that’s just not true! It’s a mindset where you take a different approach to business. It’s all about pushing for positive change. A mindset where you allow for critical questioning of the norms. Most businesses who are growing have accepted this entrepreneurial mindset as it can be quite an asset, especially in determining your differentiators in the market.

Do you have an entrepreneurial spirit? If you don’t think so, not to worry because you can develop an entrepreneurial spirit. Here are five things to think about to help you fully embrace your entrepreneurial spirit.

  1. Be Passionate: You have to figure out what your passion is, not just in life, but where business is concerned. If you focus on the things you love about your career, you will find yourself getting more excited about the prospect of going into work every day, whether it’s your own business or working for someone else. That being said, if you are planning to start a business, you should consider an industry that you are already passionate about. It will help to kick-start you when you need to reach your strategic milestones faster.
  2. Build something from nothing: Allow yourself to get excited about seeing a project through or building your business from the ground up. Try to see the possibilities and opportunities ahead of you.
  3. Push your limits: Setting high goals for yourself will force you to take informed It will also force you to take charge of your own professional development. Constantly seeking new information to help you reach your lofty goals means you are taking a lifelong learning approach to business, which in turn will help you push your own capabilities further.
  4. Always move forward: If you feel like you are in a rut, chances are it’s because you have stopped pushing for more. This doesn’t necessarily mean moving from job to job or business venture to business venture because you are unsatisfied with where you are. It means problem solving in creative ways and approaching your day to day with authentic enthusiasm. Once you are excited about work, you will find that the day to day comes easier because you are always finding new ways to succeed.
  5. Choose role models wisely: Finding a role model or mentor is important for your own development. Whether your role model is a famous business person, a more experienced colleague, or a peer, it’s important to understand why you look to them as an example. Find role models who will challenge you to question the status quo and come into your own opinions in business.

Having entrepreneurial spirit is something that most individuals and businesses should strive for. Once you start challenging your own status quo is when you will find more success in your business and in your career path.

A version of this article was originally posted to the SongBird Marketing Communications Blog.