We’ve all read stories about the blog that went big (try Gawker), the college dweebs who became billionaires (Google, anyone?), and the service with tens of employees and zero profits that was bought for millions (think Geek Squad and Best Buy). So you think it’s easy to be a successful entrepreneur? Think again.
I can tell you first hand, it’s like farming in Sicily. Great view, rocky soil, boiling sun, and lots of sweat. How crazy am I to think being an entrepreneur is the best thing ever? Ask yourself if the person described below is you. If so, you may just have sunstroke too.
1. I am willing to work at least a gazillion hours a week (or more).
2. I laugh in the face of financial and career risks.
3. Fringe benefits, cringe benefits — who needs the perks of conventional employment.
4. I am totally ready to be a huge financial success by operating my own business.
5. My energy level is so high I have dents in my ceiling from bouncing off it.
6. Yes, some might call me a control freak, but I neeeeed to control all decisions that affect my work.
7. And some more might think I’m masochistic — Atlas has nothing on me in the never ending “pursuit of a positive result through a great deal of effort” department.
8. I feed off ambiguous situations — just call me Sookie Stackhouse.
9. Unfortunately, I’m use to people laughing or belittling me for my relentless pursuit of just about everything.
10. Don’t blink, I just made another snap decision (or, intense soul searching in the tradition of Hamlet is not my thing).
If you answered “YES !!” to all of the descriptions above, you’re ready to be an entrepreneur. Warning: “yes” isn’t good enough.
You can take the actual (and serious) quiz and check your score at the fantastic website Thypin Oltcheck Institute for Women’s Entrepreneurship.