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6 Signs that You’re Not Cut Out for Entrepreneurship

6 Signs that You’re Not Cut Out for Entrepreneurship

1. You don’t like to work hard.

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.

2. 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.

Read: 6 Things You Can Do Everyday to Become a Better Entrepreneur

3. You prefer working to fulfill someone else’s dream.

You may be content to pour your life and hard work into someone else’s dream. And that’s fine. Many people find true fulfillment 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. Nonprofits 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 fulfill someone else’s.

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

Take a quick survey of all your human relationships. Any interpersonal problems? A breakup? A shouting match? An argument?

No? None? Okay, that’s settled. You’re probably not an entrepreneur.

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 behavior and cultural norms. Fortune magazine featured this bit of insight:

Want to find the future entrepreneurs in a room full of teenagers? Look for the boys who like to break a rule from time to time.

This makes sense when you realize that entrepreneurs are the ones who disrupt industries, chafe against the status quo and spark a good revolution.

So, if you’re sometimes labelled as a nerd or geek, or boring, or rude, don’t sweat it. Instead, go do what you were meant to do — start a business or two.

Read: 50 Ways Being an Entrepreneur Will Change Your Life

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.

Elon Musk was someone who wanted to fix the world. He wasn’t content with online payment methods. That’s why he launched PayPal. He wasn’t content with the slump of space exploration. He started SpaceX. He saw a problem with the reliance on traditional methods of energy. Say hello to SolarCity, Tesla Energy, Hyperloop and Tesla Motors.

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.

The person who floats contentedly in the current of mainstream culture is, perhaps, not the choicest person for entrepreneurial pursuits. Apple’s “Think Different” commercials famously commented:

Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They’re not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them. About the only thing you can’t do is ignore them. Because they change things They push the human race forward. And while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.

Those words inspire entrepreneurs. But the not-so-entrepreneurial among us hardly warrant a second glance.

Article Credits Go Respectably to Entrepreneur Media, Inc.

71 thoughts on “6 Signs that You’re Not Cut Out for Entrepreneurship”

  1. Very good blog! Do you have any tips for aspiring writers?
    I’m planning to start my own website soon but I’m a little
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    1. I really like this post, and I agree with everything you posted especially the hard work…. These past few days have been brutal. I’m a new blogger writing about my journey through my project, if you’d like to check it out, it’s lovevivy.wordpress.com. Cheers!

    1. I am not sure how to describe that sound lol.

      I was saying it from the perspective that living under others and not pursuing your own creative inspirations would be terrible.

      I really liked the post you did 🙂

  2. There are only two primal forces that drive us through our lives, and those are AVOIDING PAIN and GAINING PLEASURE, and as blunt and superficial as it sounds, it is raw true, so are you ready to gain pleasure of any kind, or gratification for any of things you think need to be done, but going straight trough the pain, rather than avoiding it, than you’re cut out to be an entrepreneur… AWESOME BLOG man.. 🙂

  3. Entrepreneurs come from all walks of life, all personalities. Think Richard Branson and Elon Musk – fundamentally very different people, but achieving great things nonetheless. Do they share all these traits? Yes. Do you have to have these same traits right now? Maybe not. Contrary to popular belief, you can teach an old dog new tricks, and that means even if you don’t fit the criteria in this post, you can still go out and at least attempt to achieve your dreams. Take a risk and see whats possible. Don’t be discouraged.

  4. Well on the first point on hardwork, i will categorically state that working is too vague a concept that we misunderstood easily. If hardwork pays so well as we think , we have countless numbers of people who are hard workers but not successful. The fact is that hardwork pays only when you work hard on the most essential things and thats where working smart comes in. Being smart doesn’t mean cutting corners but it’s about applying the 80/20 rule.

  5. Not all hard work pays us the best dividends. It is someone who dares to dream and act on it who do. If you want to be successful, you need to understand 3 things: 1. it will be hard and painful at some part, 2. you need to change habits, perspective, attitudes, mindset that don’t serve your success, and 3. know your why, your purpose.

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