The term “self-starter” is thrown around a lot these days. Employers say they want self-starters to join their businesses, people talk about being self-starters in describing their work habits and career goals, and multitudes of purported self-starters abound in résumé slush piles. But what does it really take to occupy this vaunted position, to become a real master of your own destiny and leader of others? The entrepreneurial spirit is something that comes naturally to only a few people. It is a drive to carve out one’s own niche in the marketplace, and not just follow the well-worn paths of others. Being an entrepreneur requires discipline, self-confidence and flexibility. It sometimes means ignoring the warnings of naysayers and persevering with your vision even when you’re the only person who believes in it.