Someone forwarded me a request for information put out by a USA Today reporter. He was writing an article about entrepreneurial personality traits. He wanted suggestions from "experts" in compiling his list. The idea was to help people decide whether they should seek self-employment or not.
I was intrigued by the idea so I submitted my list to him. He did not email or call back so I assume either he was not amused or my submission was not his cup of chai. In any case, I thought my list was cool so I now present it to you and wait (with lazily suspended breath) for your insightful reaction.
P.S. Additions, enhancements and/or subtitutions are heartily encouraged.
Fred's Top 10 Signs You're Made to be an Entrepreneur
10. You are unemployable. You can’t hold a job. You don’t want to hold a job. And you react to getting a job the same way a cat reacts when you try to give it a bath.
9. You are anti-authoritarian. You can’t fathom the thought of being anything less than Boss, President, Chairman, Don, and/or Emperor.
8. You have the uncanny ability to get other people to do all the work.
7. You are always looking for and/or seeing economic opportunity everywhere and in everything. While at a concert, you occupy yourself by estimating the evening’s take and its gross margins instead of listening to the music.
6. You spend more time and energy looking for easier, faster, cheaper, more effective ways of accomplishing something than if you just did the task outright.
5. You would enthusiastically trade a life-time pass to
4. You don’t see lack of money, lack of knowledge, and lack of experience as barriers to entry. You are also not deterred by the existence of formidable competition.
3. You favor multiplication over addition and you lull yourself to sleep by calculating price-earnings ratios.
2. You would happily invest your home’s equity and your life savings (and your mother’s life savings) in your start-up.
And the Number One sign you are made to be an entrepreneur . . .
1. When you project future earnings, your spread sheet shows
that by Year 5, you can buy