Entrepreneurs will go through a variety of life-changing experiences setting up their businesses and breathing life into their vision until it transcends themselves as people. You can call it perseverance or hardheadedness, but bringing a vision to life requires a lot of guts and edge. That spark will make entrepreneurs stick out like a sore thumb in many situations.
Look at what artifacts and cultures they might promote or utilize, even those will distinctly vary from what some might find orthodox. But most of the time they are noticeable in their own appearance and activity, even to the extent to being hard to ignore. And ask any entrepreneur, that is a good thing!
The thing about pioneering new markets and building things that are not yet invented, following your passion will often lead to such extreme focus, that many things fall secondary to that focus. Entrepreneurs are not always the happy go lucky guys and girls, they can push and shove, enforce that focus until they seem borderline stubborn, as they will relentlessly follow what they believe in. Because they know what they are after and most of the times they will have a hunch of how they will get there. Or to put it another way, they will be aware of what doesn’t get them closer to their mission.
As an entrepreneur, you may find yourself sticking out in a crowd, be it because you don’t converge to the uniformity of the crowd or some more tangible reason, like you’re wearing two different shoes as you had to rush out the door after a few hours sleep last night. You will have to learn to excuse yourself, but also excuse others in the same position and attribute such folly to the simple fact that focus should triumph over menial errors. With various responsibilities and tasks, the alternative cost of performing a menial task to par might just be too high.
Focus is not always such a positive word. With scaling operations you will have to say no to such interesting cases, that are not relevant to you right now and you will have to ignore many interesting people, that are just not relevant to where you want to go. That’s the downside, but the upside is you will continue to make strides on your path to where you want to be. You will have to learn to bear the downsides of the proper focus, in order to be able to enjoy the continued success of it.
Iterative thinking and trial and error might also lead to some misfortunate embarrassments. But as long as you are making progress on the right path, why should you care about an embarrassment or two?
At the end of the day, ask yourself what is most important to you as an entrepreneur? If you focus all your efforts on that one path, and you forget a thing or two here and there, at least you know where your time is spent.