Michael scores rather high marks in the first category of 'Need for Achievement'. He is always optimistic and very self-sufficient. He is self-employed, does his own cooking, repairs his automobile, and maintains a garden. Even when he is facing a hardship, he has the forward-looking drive to see his plans through and let nature run its course. As an example, whenever he does something, whether baking a cake or fixing a car, he always goes out of his way to attend to details that are almost trivial. Yet, that is what it takes to be an enterprising individual. He is a perfectionist and an over achiever that is seldom swayed from the task at hand.
In the second category, 'Need for Independence and Autonomy', Michael would be considered extremely enterprising. He is self-employed in a one-man business and always does all the work himself without any outside or hired help. He is very determined and never gets rattled by pressure or unexpected events. He dislikes taking orders, though I have always attributed that to his short stint in the military. Michael does his own thing according to his own schedule.
Michael also has the 'Creative Tendencies' required to be a successful enterpriser. He writes poetry, short stories, and is working on a novel. In addition, he plays several musical instruments and has written over 200 songs. Every time I see Michael, he is telling me about some new idea for a product whose patent will gain him fame and fortune. However, while his writing is very good, he has only very limited success. His songs languish in his mind and never make it into the studio or in front of the record producers. His ideas are soon forgotten as he moves on to the next blockbuster. Michael has the creativity to be enterprising, but something must be holding him back.
Michael is a risk taker, but is careful not to put too much on the line at once. While I have seen him leave a good job to pursue his self-employment career, he did not devote extraordinary resources to the venture. It has been modestly successful, but he fears expanding and hiring people out of the fear of change from the comfort he enjoys. He often sets his goals low enough to make, but not high enough to stretch himself too far beyond mediocrity. The category of 'Risk Taking Tendencies' may be a weak link in Michael's enterprising potential.
Along with a low score in risk taking, Michael also does not rate high in 'Drive and Determination'. Michael often puts too much weight in destiny and fate, and discounts the difference that drive and action could make. He often works to financially achieve what is needed and little more. This usually leaves him with the appearance of being unmotivated. This is why his ideas change from day to day, and songs go unpublished. Michael has a belief that fate will intervene when the time is right and he will be discovered. Of course this will not be the case, as the enterprising individual will be proactive in making their own fate. They will take the action required to get an idea in front of the right people, or move a product from the drawing board to the market.
In conclusion, Michael is an interesting case study to evaluate the meaning and accuracy of enterprise potential. Michael has many of the ingredients it takes to be enterprising. He is creative, an individual, and unconventional. He is an optimist that believes in himself and does not follow the