Is Being an Entrepreneur for You?

A friend called me the other day …

“Edith, I just finished reading all your articles. I can’t wait to quit my job. I don’t want to waste my life anymore. I don’t love what I am doing. I want to be an entrepreneur.”

I could hear her enthusiasm over the phone.

“Congratulation, my friend! So… what are you going to do next?”

“Well… that’s why I am calling you. I need your advice. I don’t know what I really want. But I know I don’t like my job. I need to do something that I am really passionate about.”

Is this your story?

You know what you don’t want, but are not sure what you truly want.


Look… just because you don’t like your job is not a strong enough reason to become an entrepreneur. Being an entrepreneur is hard work. Although I do believe everyone can become an entrepreneur, I encourage everyone to do it if you feel that is your calling, but entrepreneurship is not for everyone.

Robert Kiyosaki put it the best:

Becoming an entrepreneur begins with a shift of philosophy and the shift looks like this…

1. From a desire for security to a desire for freedom

2. From a desire for steady paycheck to the desire for great wealth

3. From seeing value in dependence to seeing value in independence

4. To make my own rules rather than obey someone else’s rules

5. A desire to give orders rather than take orders

6. A willingness to be fully responsible rather than say, “It’s not my job”

7. To determine the culture of a company rather than try to fit into someone else’s

8. To make a difference in this world rather than complain about the problems of the world

9. To know how to find a problem and turn it into a business opportunity

10. To choose to be an entrepreneur rather than an employee


I believe everyone has what it takes to become an entrepreneur. We were all born to be creative and we can do anything we set our mind to. Being an entrepreneur is not about making money, it is about creation, problem solving and contributing to the world. Then, the money will come along the way. If you don’t first shift your mindset from an employee to an entrepreneur, you will have a miserable time being an entrepreneur. I can guarantee it.

Think About This
Now…Is being an entrepreneur for you?

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4 Responses to “Is Being an Entrepreneur for You?”

  1. on 22 Jan 2008 at 6:21 pm

    Good summary. I have started to travel the road of entrepreneurship.

  2. Duncan Longshaw on 24 Jan 2008 at 7:31 pm

    Good points… although I don’t think you necessarily need to change your mindset BEFORE making the jump from a job to an entrepreneur.

    Personally, my mindset started changing after the first few months of being an entrepreneur (and realizing that it was up to me to actually make money!)

    If I’d waited for the change in attitude while I was working it may have never come- I was too caught up in working for someone else, to make big philosophical changes in my life.

    As long as your willing to act, and continually learn, I think you can make the change before you have the entrepreneur attitude. Reading is essential for this shift in mindset… I learnt a lot (and still do) from people like Robert Kiyosaki, Dan Kennedy, and James Brausch, and highly recommend anyone thinking about quitting their job to check out their stuff.


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