A lot of people consider themselves entrepreneurs, but how many of them really fit the bill? What actually makes someone an entrepreneur? Is it the desire to be their own boss? Is it a great idea for a business? The truth is no. Lots of people want to be their own boss and lots of people have tons of ideas. That makes them want-preneurs, or “wanna-be” entrepreneurs. They want a lot of things, but what will make a wanna-be jump over the lines into full-fledged entrepreneurism?
Do it Anyway
Anyone that wants to not have to do the daily nine to five for someone else is going to love the idea of working for themselves. Entrepreneurs have an idea for a business and a passion for making that idea become reality. Many of us do not pursue their entrepreneurial dreams. The key is having a passion for being in business in general. Would they pursue entrepreneurship even if they had all the money in the world and did not have to work at all? That is a big difference in an entrepreneur and a want-preneur.
Willing to Do the Time
Being your own boss sounds great, until you realize that means it all falls on you. There is no one to fall back on, no one to blame anything on, and no one to pick up the slack when you just are not cutting it. It takes hard work, long hours, and discipline. In most cases, running your own business takes more time and work than working for someone else does, especially in the beginning. Is all of that worth it to have your business succeed? For an entrepreneur, the answer is a resounding yes!
Risks are a Given
A true entrepreneurial spirit understands that taking risks is a necessary part of the game. You can’t play if you are not willing to take action despite the potential for total failure. You cannot wait until everything is “perfect” or “just right.” That may or may not ever happen, and the ship may or may not sail while you are waiting. For the true entrepreneurial spirit, the risk of not taking action is much greater.
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