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G-Ten Discuss Signs That You Should Not Be An Entrepreneur

GLASGOW, UK, October 2015 – Lots of people want to start a business but not everyone has what it takes. The proportion of those who want to be entrepreneurs will always be higher than that of the few who actually start a business. The simple reason is that not everyone is cut out for the rigors of entrepreneurship.

So, you may be thinking about starting a business. But can you? Check out the following signs that you are not cut out for the entrepreneurial life.

1. You prefer following orders.

The world is made of followers and leaders. Which one are you? If you’re committed to being a comfortable order-taker the rest of your life, perhaps entrepreneurship is not for you. If, on the other hand, you feel a twitch of desire to make some decisions and give some orders, that may be the spark of entrepreneurship.

2.  You prefer working to fulfil someone else’s dream.

Businessman, investor and philanthropist Farrah Gray wrote, “Build your own dreams, or someone else will hire you to build theirs.” Which do you prefer to do? You may be content to pour your life and hard work into someone else’s dream. And that’s fine. Many people find true fulfilment in this pursuit. Parents, for example, are motivated by a desire to help their children achieve their dreams. Teachers give their lives to motivating and prospering a generation of students. Non-profits exist to rekindle dying dreams. It’s not wrong to nurture someone else's dream. But if you have your own dreams, perhaps you should stop working to fulfil someone else’s.

3.  You don’t like hard work.

Entrepreneurship is about hard work. It’s about facing indecision, insecurity, instability and borderline insanity. There’s nothing really pleasant about that. Ironic as it seems, there’s a certain satisfaction in hard work. Humans are made for hard work, and hard work has its own reward. It’s cliche to say “work smart, not hard.” But here’s the rude reality: You must work smart and hard. Entrepreneurship isn’t a bag of smart tricks. It’s smart tricks combined with heart-pounding hard work. If you’re not into the whole hard-work thing -- rewarding as it is -- then the entrepreneurial life is not for you.

4.  You get along great with everyone in your life.

Take a quick survey of all your human relationships.  As it turns out, entrepreneurs aren’t the wide-grinning, back-slapping, glad-handing socialites they may seem to be. Entrepreneurs tend toward the outer fringe of social behaviour and cultural norms.  This makes sense when you realize that entrepreneurs are the ones who disrupt industries, chafe against the status quo and spark a good revolution.

5.  You see everything in the world as being just fine.

Pushing the pessimistic or optimistic dichotomy aside for just a moment, how do you view the world around you? Is everything fine, or are there a few things that could use improving? Your perspective is a marker of your entrepreneurship tendencies. Entrepreneurs see things that need fixing. They see trends that need changing. They see a world that’s not yet perfect. Look at the world. What do you see? No changes needed? If that’s the case, you probably don’t see a pressing need to start a business.

But if you see problems that need solving, and solutions that need inventing, consider entrepreneurship your calling.  

6. You feel very mainstream. (And you love it.)

Entrepreneurship is counter-cultural, because contemporary society tends to discourage risk taking. We conflate protection with progress. The cultural “we” smiles approvingly at closed environments, safe decisions, sound investments, risk-free assets and cups that don’t spill hot coffee on us.

Those are all fine things. But in moments of brutal honesty, we realize that some of life’s risk is necessary and good. The mainstream obsession with safety and security tends to denude life of its natural and healthy risk.

Conclusion

The beauty of of these traits is that they are malleable. Entrepreneurship isn’t a you-got-it-or-you-don’t proposition. You can cultivate the qualities of entrepreneurship through sheer will, patient habit and intense desire.

Don’t let anything get in your way of living out your dream. If you want it, you can be cut out for it.

What do you think? Are you cut out for the entrepreneurial life?

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