Do You Have What It Takes To Be An Entrepreneur?

‘What does it really mean to be an entrepreneur?’ is a question that gets asked all the time. People are curious about what goes into being one, and interested in the difference between an entrepreneur and a business owner. It’s not surprising that many want to know what it takes. After all, it is a role that is often romanticised in the media as a get-rich-quick scheme that combines luck and passion.

In reality, being an entrepreneur might require some luck and certainly requires a heck of a lot of passion. But it’s not quite as simple as it sounds. Perhaps the most important thing you have to realise is that it is not, by any means, the easy route to success – whether you define success by money or time. In fact, being one often deprives you of both, at least in the beginning.

Let’s put this out there – If you’re aiming to make money, then this may not be the right path for you. That’s not to say that you can’t or you won’t. It’s just something worth realising from the beginning. If you want to get rich quickly, there are plenty of other opportunities available that will get you there much faster and with more certainty.

Think about the word entrepreneur. The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines it as ‘a person who starts a business and is willing to risk loss in order to make money.’ The definition itself implies that it is risky business and there are no guarantees.

You’re probably wondering what an entrepreneur works for, if monetary success is not a given. They work to build something that has meaning to them, which greatly exceeds a financial goal. This doesn’t mean that they don’t care about money at all. After all, money is necessary for survival.

It’s just that their core purpose drives them through the hardship. While their actions may or may not lead to monetary success, they can’t go through life without at least trying to share their passion with the world. That is the difference between a business owner and an entrepreneur.

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