Can anyone become a mumpreneur or is it reserved for a chosen few?
One belief about entrepreneurs is that they share key characteristics and this explains their success.
Becoming a mother changes you. It’s difficult to describe in a few sentences how, but there’s definitely a shift in values and priorities for many women that comes from within. New mothers will talk of changing priorities, a stronger and clearer purpose in life, and even a complete shift in the way they wish to live. Many of the changes that seem to take place overlap some of the key characteristics thought to be present in the ideal entrepreneur.
* Increased self-confidence
* Higher internal locus of control (the need to be in control of one’s destiny)
* Creativity and innovation
* Strong desire to be independant
* Need for achievement
Speaking from my own experience, during the process of being pregnant, on maternity leave and finally becoming a mum I experienced all of the above.
I experienced increased self confidence immediately (well almost immediately!) after giving birth. I found myself craving flexibility in my work. During my maternity leave and time as a stay at home mum I felt a strong need to achieve, to prove I was more than ‘just a mum’. During the same period I also had the time and space to be creative and to innovate. Finally after almost five years as a stay at home mum, I realised I had all I needed to be in control of my own future (higher internal locus of control). I began to realise that I could make the choices and walk the path that would lead to fulfilment.
Do I think anyone can become a mumpreneur? No
Although I think most mothers will experience an increase in the characteristics that make it possible to become a mumpreneur, not everyone has the ability or inclination to take action and taking action is the key component needed to become a mumpreneur.
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