by Debra Russell | Featured Contributor
In my 13+ years of business coaching, I’ve worked with entrepreneurs and small business owners from many industries, though my specialty is in the Arts & Entertainment industry.
As a result, I’ve come to 2 conclusions:
- Not all people are cut out to be entrepreneurs / business owners
- Talent and passion are not enough
Are You Cut Out to Be an Entrepreneur?
There’s a lot of hype and romance around being a business owner, thanks to folks like Robert Kiyosaki, who make it almost embarrassing to be happy as an employee.
I’m the first to say – if being an employee suits your personality and your lifestyle – DO THAT! There is no shame in loving your job and being happy in that role. I couldn’t do it, myself. And I envy that a little. I’ve never had a paid vacation in my life – and there are times when I would kill to be paid to take 2 weeks off!
Knowing yourself, what you want, and what you’re willing to do in order to be successful should precede any decision to start your own business.
Is this you?
- You thrive in a highly structured environment where others make the key decisions
- When you see a situation with a clear risk of failure, you walk in the other direction
- You know what you’re good at, and don’t really want to spend time doing anything else
- You prefer to climb a clearly laid out path toward advancement and success
If this sounds like you, you will be better served finding a well-paying job doing tasks that suit your skills and interests.
If, however you are more like this:
- You want to be the decision maker and prefer setting up your own schedule and structure
- You lean in to fear and risk, not in a self-destructive way, but because you relish the challenge
- You enjoy the variability of wearing different hats, you savor the way different activities make you think and feel
- You prefer to blaze your own trail, if it’s too simple, easy and direct, you’re bored
If this second set of bullet points sound more like you – you may already have the makings of a successful entrepreneur. However, there are skills that you will need to learn in order to create real, lasting and sustainable success.