An entrepreneurial self-analysis reflects on the entrepreneurial characteristics of a person. The current paper aims to conduct a reflective entrepreneurial self-analysis to gauge the extent to which I possess the features that are essential to becoming an entrepreneur. I have undertaken the GET2 test and a creativity test. Moreover, I have analysed the results considering the antecedent influences that I deem significant in shaping my personality.
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I have scored 91% in my GET2 test, according to which I have strong entrepreneurial characteristics and am highly enterprising (Appendix A).
According to the test, I have 100% on my need for achievement, which suggests that my need for achievement is the highest it can possibly be. Reflecting on my life, I understand this high score. I usually expect much more from myself than my peers or family members expect from me. For instance, when I was being taught to drive by my father during my teenage years, he was patient and told me that I needed the practice to drive well. On the other hand, I was extremely disappointed in myself for not driving perfectly the very first time, as I strongly desired the satisfaction of achieving a milestone. Similarly, many occasions from my life confirm my strong desire for self-validation and achievement. For example, I scored A grades on all mathematical subjects all through my high school and college because I needed the feeling of achieving a personal goal.
My need for autonomy stands at 67%, which is a medium score according to the GET2 test. I believe that I do consider autonomy to be essential, but I am also comfortable with following the rules when they come from a source that I trust. I have always been vocal about my opinions, as I was a champion debater in high school. However, I know that I need to follow a trusted leader’s directions and learn from the leader before I can go ahead and become a leader myself. During my first job at a multinational petroleum company back in 2006, my line manager put me in charge of another newly hired specialist for a presentation. I was careful to always ask about her opinions each step of the way so that she could participate to the fullest. Hence, I am good at working in groups, and I realise the importance of following directions as well.
I was the eldest sibling in the house and was always put in charge when my parents needed to leave. I always ensured that I take care of my three younger siblings without any bias in my actions. Moreover, I was allowed to change the rules about their bedtime and the amount of time they were allowed to watch television. My parents always believed that I was capable enough of managing the children as I rebelled whenever they attempted to hire a babysitter for them.
According to the GET2, my creative tendency is 100%, which is the most creative that anyone could be. As I never considered myself creative in the past, I took another test named ‘Test my Creativity’ to be sure if the results of the GET2 were accurate. The second test scored me 89.83 for creativity and declared that I was highly bold, curious, paradoxical, abstract, and good at making connections. I do agree with the breakdown of creativity for the second test that I took, as I have always demonstrated boldness and curiosity in my life. For instance, I organised a protest in my community after an incident of administrative negligence in a school due to which a female student died. Moreover, my curiosity is apparent on many occasions, such as when I, as a 12-year-old, unscrewed the back of my calculator after it stopped working, and even managed to fix it.
The GET2 gave me a score of 92 on calculated risk-taking, which, according to the results, makes me a decisive, self-aware, analytical, goal-oriented, and calculated risk-taker with high managerial traits. I agree with this score, as I have demonstrated these qualities frequently in the past few years. For instance, recently I was given a project at ORPIC during which, I realized that the current contractor was not delivering the material according to our company’s desired quality standards. Hence, being the project head, I decided to replace the current vendor with a new one. Although this was a huge decision which required consultation with the manager, I took the risk of changing the contractor myself as there was not enough time for discussions. However, later when the project was completed successfully, I told the manager about the new contractor and instead of being furious, he appreciated my concern for quality.
I scored 83% for the locus of control, which indicates that I am opportunistic, confident, proactive and determined. My internal locus of control also means that I do not believe in luck or chance and instead, I place great emphasis on the decisions I make, and the effort I put in, to make a difference in all aspects in my life. I remember getting into a debate with my class-fellow when she said that it was luck that the test was difficult, and half the class failed. I asserted that the students who put more effort into their preparation achieved better grades than the ones that did not.
My upbringing, education, and family business have played a significant role in developing my entrepreneurial abilities. My need for achievement potentially stems from the fact that I am the youngest in my family and required validation from my elders during my childhood. My moderate need for autonomy has arisen from my mother’s strict parenting during my formative years, after which she encouraged me to make my decisions about my education, work, and lifestyle. My parents made sure that I had a good job since I was 16 and then encouraged me to spend my money wisely wherever I chose. I honestly have never really been artistic; however, I was too fond of reading fictional novels and stories in my childhood, which could be the reason behind the creativity I possess according to the tests. I was always a risk-taker, as I remember asking myself “what is the worst that could happen?” before I signed up for my educational degree that I was highly unsure about. My internal locus of control is very likely the result of my mother’s strict upbringing. While my fellow students blamed the teachers for setting a tough test, my mother told me that it was my fault that I did not prepare well, due to which I now internalise everything that happens to me. Furthermore, my confidence and a strong belief in myself is the direct result of my parents’ confidence in me, as they have been a source of constant support and constructive criticism.
My GET2 score suggests that I am highly enterprising. Although I am currently employed in a petroleum company for the past five years, I will be establishing a start-up in 2021 as being an entrepreneur is my passion. I believe that I have the ability to work hard to achieve my goals. I plan to use my enterprising skills such as confidence and self-awareness to the utmost to create a business that will hopefully grow into a large enterprise, hence creating good opportunities for the jobless and the homeless. I intend to gradually empower the underprivileged so that they can afford their living expenses and do not remain dependant on the state.
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