Sure, I think everybody ought to launch their own business. Online or offline, small or large.
But I also know that not everyone is cut out for life off the 9-to-5 treadmill.
Daniel Isenberg, who’s a professor of management practice at Babson College in Massachusetts, says that if you can answer “yes” to most of these 19 statements, maybe saying bye-bye to the job is right for you.
1. I don’t like being told what to do by people who are less capable than I am.
2. I like challenging myself.
3. I like to win.
4. I like being my own boss.
5. I always look for new and better ways to do things.
6. I like to question conventional wisdom.
7. I like to get people together in order to get things done.
8. People get excited by my ideas.
9. I am rarely satisfied or complacent.
10. I can’t sit still.
11. I can usually work my way out of a difficult situation.
12. I would rather fail at my own thing than succeed at someone else’s.
13. Whenever there is a problem, I am ready to jump right in.
14. I think old dogs can learn — even invent — new tricks.
15. Members of my family run their own businesses.
16. I have friends who run their own businesses.
17. I worked after school and during vacations when I was growing up.
18. I get an adrenaline rush from selling things.
19. I am exhilarated by achieving results.
I’m kinda lukewarm about four or five of these statements myself (I’ll let you figger out which ones). But I’m spot-on for the rest of ’em.
How about you?
Let me know by posting a comment below.
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