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by Gavin Sequeira | May 26, 2016
Have you ever wondered if you have what it takes to make it on your own? Do you have the entrepreneurial spirit to be able to pave your own way in life and do what it takes to succeed? Perhaps!

Do you find yourself always starting new projects, looking at ways to solve problems by being creative, constantly designing gadgets, looking towards change and innovation, and feel generally optimistic about the future? Then perhaps you have some of the base characteristics needed to be successful in this game.

The entrepreneurial spirit is filled with passion, positivity, leadership, and ambition -- and if cultivated, can be so powerful that it can see dreams turn into realities, make fortunes and have long lasting impacts on society in general. Here are five ways to ignite that entrepreneur spirit within you and those around you:

1. See Where the Opportunities Lie
An entrepreneur cannot help but notice things, gaps, areas that need improvements, shortfalls and shortages, missing links and information gaps, and generally trends that can be created, amended, turned around or eliminated. What opportunities do you notice on a daily basis? How closely do you pay attention to what's around you? Have you noticed patterns or signs out in the marketplace, that opens up and opportunity for you to contribute and make a difference? If not, then the best way to get your juices flowing is to start noticing the little things going on around you. A wise mentor once said, "if you can find a way to help the many, you can have everything you want." 

2. Embrace Your Passion and Get Started
Once you have your idea firmly cemented in your head and you are set on it, then get passionate about making it happen. Why is it important that you succeed in this venture? Only you know the true answer to this. Find a reason to beat the odds. A great example is Richard Branson, who despite being a high school drop out, is one of the most passionate and respected businessmen in the world. He has created an empire with Virgin and runs over 400 businesses. This was driven out of pure passion for business and life and he simply got started and has never looked back.

3. Build On Your Skills
They say that your formal education will make you a living, yet your self-education will make you a fortune. One great way to spark up the entrepreneurial spirit and ensure you are always on your game is to keep on learning, developing, improving, and growing. As another mentor of mine, Dale Beaumont, once shared, "if you are not green and growing, you are ripe and rotting." Never stop your quest for knowledge and how to be better.

4. Aim High and Set Your Goals
There's nothing quite like setting a goal and actually achieving it. Some of the most successful entrepreneurs of our time -- Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, and Oprah Winfrey -- all aimed high and achieved some pretty outrageous goals. Their legacies have touched and positively impacted huge numbers of people. Don't settle for less. You are only limited by your imagination. So how high are you aiming for?

5. Share Your Vision
Every big business started out as a small business, and every successful entrepreneur has started right at the bottom. Their vision was so compelling and magnetic, that it attracted others to willingly join in and help make it happen. A great example is Mary Kay Ash, founder of Mary Kay Cosmetics, a company that has helped more than half a million women fulfill their dreams of owning a business. Google and Facebook are other examples of big companies that started out in dorm rooms and garages out of pure passion. Once their vision was shared, our world has never been the same again.

Gavin Sequeira is proof that there is light at the end of the tunnel. Having completed an MBA and a successful corporate career at IBM and Oracle, he successfully made the transition to running several of his own business and has helped many others to do the same. Gavin is an active speaker, coach and author of Break Free From Corporate  - Be Your Own Boss (available on Amazon) and runs a program designed to help people during their transition. For more information please visit www.breakfreefromcorporate.com or email gavin@breakfreefromcorporate.com.