A lot of people want to start a business, but not everybody has what it takes.  There will always be more dreamers than doers.  There will always be more people who want to be an entrepreneur than people who actually start a business.  The reason being, entrepreneurship is stressful, hard work.  Not everyone is cut out for it.  Are you?  Check out the following signs that you are not cut out for the entrepreneurial life and judge for yourself!


  1. You prefer following orders.

The world consists of two types of people.  Leaders, and followers.  Which type of person are you?

If you like the comfort of being given a task by somebody else and following it through to completion for the rest of your life, perhaps entrepreneurship is not for you.  On the other hand, if you feel like you’d be more passionate about what you do if you were the one making decisions and giving orders, that may be a sign that you need to venture into entrepreneurship.

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

Businessman, investor and philanthropist Farrah Gray brilliantly wrote, “Build your own dreams, or someone else will hire you to build theirs.”

You may be content to pour your life and hard work into someone else’s dream.  And there is nothing wrong with that.  Many people find true fulfillment in this pursuit.  Many people care more about other aspects of their lives, and what they do for a living does not hold as much importance.

For example, parents are motivated by their desire to help their children achieve their dreams.  Teachers give their lives to motivating students to follow their dreams.

That is why it’s not wrong to nurture someone else’s dream, unless you have your own dreams.  In which case, you need to work towards making those come true, or at least trying.  Otherwise you will never feel fulfilled.

  1. You don’t like hard work.

Entrepreneurship is all about hard work.  So naturally, if you aren’t a fan of that, move along.  Entrepreneurship is about taking risks.  Every day.  It’s unstable to say the least.

There’s nothing particularly fun about it.  But even if there is nothing fun about it, it brings a certain satisfaction in the hard work.   It’s cliché to say “work smart, not hard.” But here’s the rude reality: You must work smart and hard. Entrepreneurship isn’t just 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.

  1. 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.

  1. You see everything as being fine, no changes needed.

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.

USA Today reported, “Serial entrepreneurs find new problems to fix,” because, let’s be honest, there’s a lot that needs fixing in the world.

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.

  1. You find comfort in being mainstream.

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.



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.


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