From Entrepreneur To President

Think you may have what it takes to become President of the United States one day?  Don’t be so sure you don’t.  There are a number of former presidents who first were entrepreneurs and shared your entrepreneurial spirit.  Kara Ohngren, of Entrepreneur describes in her article 8 U.S. Presidents Who Started as Entrepreneurs, these presidents and their accomplishments.

  1. Abraham Lincoln – Owned a General Store and Ran a Law Practice
  2. Warren G. Harding – Purchased a Struggling Newspaper
  3. Herbert Hoover – Opened Mine Engineering Business
  4. Franklin D. Roosevelt – Opened Rehabilitation Center
  5. Harry Truman – Opened Men’s Clothing Store
  6. Jimmy Carter  -Managed Peanut Farm
  7. George H.W. Bush – Formed Oil Development Co.
  8. George W. Bush – Invested in Texas Rangers

Abraham Lincoln once said “Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any other one thing.”

To be a successful entrepreneur or a successful president requires some common characteristics.  There are many important qualities that can lead to success in business or politics, but the article  5 Key Characteristics of a Successful Entrepreneur at Stepcase Lifehack outlines what they consider the top five.

  • Discipline – Take the required time and effort even for the most tedious jobs.
  • Calm – Things go wrong from time to time and must be handled without frustration.
  • Attention to Detail -Don’t just focus on the “Big Picture”  dive into the tiny details.
  • Risk Tolerance – Be willing to take pretty big risks but be sure to have a level of comfort for them.
  • Balance – Keep a balance in your day to day operations without obsessing over one thing.  Also balance your time and don’t become a workaholic.

From Entrepreneur to President?  Maybe it is in your future.  It’s too late for you for this election cycle but maybe down the road, who knows?

To read the complete articles, go to and

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