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5 Signs You Were Born To Be An Entrepreneur…



“They are energetic, and a higher percentage tend to be loners and work long hours. All of these things appear in other segments of the population, but they appear more commonly among entrepreneurs. “Entrepreneurs are different.” They have the ability to deal with uncertainty, to take risks and tolerate ambiguity. They usually have a personality that is mercurial, and they have highs that are really high and lows that are really low. There’s good evidence that they have strong self-confidence but also tend to be overoptimistic. They rely extensively on their own intuition.” Β James V. Koch, Old Dominion University


1. If you had a lemonade stand, you might be an entrepreneur.

Were you the kid hustling the neighborhood for money? Carnivals, lemonade stands, clubs, etc? You just did it, correct? Me too! The other kids paid ME to be a part of my shenanigans, It was my challenge to see how much money I could make, and in how many ways.

shutterstock_entrepreneur jumping2. If you don’t like to be bossed around, you might be an entrepreneur.

Can’t stand the idea of a Β 9-5 job for an hourly wage, being told what to do and when to do it? Β Don’t like anyone telling you how much your time is worth? You don’t mind hard work and long hours, but not spent building someone else’s dream? Time is currency, and you want to spend it your way, doing something that inspires and excites you!

3. If you say “YES” first, then figure it out, you might be an entrepreneur.

In my latest adventure, I said ‘YES” and had no idea what the product was and no experience in the industry. Once I tried the product and became a raving fan, I built a business, made mistakes, and learned along the way. It was fun, competitive, exciting, and provided great income!! I was optimistic. It didn’t dawn on me it wouldn’t be successful. Take a risk! Jump, and build your wings along the way!

4. If you prefer individual sports, you might be an entrepreneur.

Oh yes, being competitive is helpful in many endeavors, entrepreneurship is one of them. Softball, basketball, and other team sports are fun, but you are dependent on other people for success. “The Team” has to show up. The team has to practice. The team has to care. Success is up to the team. In individual sports like racquetball, tennis, running, skiing, and golf, to name a few, success and “failure” is up to you! You practice for you, you train for you, you succeed or “fail” because of you. The desire to work long hours towards a goal is a valuable entrepreneurial trait.

shutterstock_bad student entrepreneur5. If you sucked at school, you might be an entrepreneur.

Not because you weren’t smart, you probably couldn’t sit still, were busy daydreaming, and frankly, school was boring. An entrepreneur is not going to “follow the status quo.” You are NOT a follower, and get bored easily if something isn’t relevant to you. You love learning, but you want to learn stuff that excites you, inspires you and is relevant to your life now!

Ask your friends if they had a lemonade stand…see if there is a “trend.”


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    Erika Kalmar
    December 28, 2015 at 9:12 pm

    I love your humorous way of tackling that! My fave is #3. It reminds me of Star Wars creator George Lucas who, back in the 70’s, was asked if he can indeed create that imaginary world using technology. He said yes, but in that moment, he had not the faintest idea, how he would do that. Still, the Star Wars series was not only one of the most innovative films of the 70’s and 80’s, but one of the biggest financial successes…

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    Krista Kelly
    January 22, 2016 at 5:41 pm

    Yep~ ALL of the above except bad a school. πŸ™‚ Creating work and income has always just made sense to me. I have never worked for someone else and I can’t imagine having my time owned. And yes, the hours are long sometimes, but I can play whenever I want too. Great post!

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    Melanie Boylan
    May 12, 2016 at 4:23 pm

    Lol, there are a few people I recognise in these descriptions! I’m one of them too though! Great post – I’m gonna share this like mad πŸ™‚

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      Sheryl Scott
      May 17, 2016 at 11:43 am

      It’s funny when you start noticing the people around you in this way! I ask people if they had lemonade stands, or a biz as a kid!

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      Sheryl Scott
      May 17, 2016 at 11:43 am

      Thank you!!

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    May 12, 2016 at 6:53 pm

    How very interesting. I own 6 businesses, and I tick all of the boxes except for the one about doing poorly in school. I particularly resonate with the “say yes first” point you make.

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    May 12, 2016 at 7:19 pm

    Yup you nailed it on the head – those 5 things describe me to a T!

    Great blog, thanks for sharing!

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    Brenda Niemeyer
    May 12, 2016 at 8:00 pm

    I’m tend to be a ‘say yes first type of person,’ as well and am high energy. I am finding myself working alone long hours, but I don’t think that is sustainable over time and would like to make some changes. I really resonate with the rest of the quote you shared at the top. Entrepreneurs are different! πŸ™‚

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    Jackie Harder
    May 12, 2016 at 8:17 pm

    Interesting points. I’m definitely one of those “don’t boss me around” types. Just tell me what needs to be done and I’ll do it — and much better without your interference, thank you very much! Never had a lemonade stand but I was the neighborhood babysitter.

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    May 12, 2016 at 9:56 pm

    According to this I’m definitely an entrepreneur. I can say yes to all of them. And, I’m willing to work all of those extra hours to start my own business while working the one I’m already in.

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    Alene A Geed
    May 12, 2016 at 10:44 pm

    Such cute graphics! Yes I fit most of the profile for sure. I not only had the lemonade stand… I organized a neighborhood fair complete with games and prizes. Sold tickets to all the neighbors. My big brother borrowed money from me as I always tended to have it.

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      Sheryl Scott
      May 17, 2016 at 11:41 am

      Haha, this cracks me up because I did the same thing with the fair, carnival stuff!

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    May 12, 2016 at 11:03 pm

    I am an entrepreneur – hooray!

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    Meghan Monaghan
    May 13, 2016 at 6:45 pm

    Oh Sheryl, I could definitely relate to your list, though I was a great student. I wish I had nurtured the entrepreneurial spirit in me much earlier on, but still glad I’m doing it full force now. It never feels like extra hours of work when you are loving what you’re doing! The time flies. I’m definitely over the boss thing and don’t want to have to answer to anyone else ever again, that I know for sure.

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      Sheryl Scott
      May 17, 2016 at 11:40 am

      I can’t even imagine having someone boss me around at this stage in life and biz!

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    Roslyn Tanner Evans
    May 13, 2016 at 7:37 pm

    I never wanted to be an entrepreneur. X hubby always did & was, however, I found myself creating a new business after retiring. It is hard work but I love the challenges.

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    Christy Soukhamneut
    May 13, 2016 at 9:26 pm

    So true. Not everyone is an entrepreneur love the reference to the lemonade stand.

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    Kristen Wilson
    May 14, 2016 at 2:18 am

    Welp… I didn’t suck at school.. entirely, I just focused on other things the last two years. lol I love group/team sports… def say YES first, DON’T like to be bossed around but never had a lemonade stand.. however.. I did walk door to door and offered my services when I was a teen. πŸ™‚ And I rock at my biz. YAY!

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      Sheryl Scott
      May 17, 2016 at 11:38 am

      You are definitely an entrepreneur! It didn’t have to be a lemonade stand, just the idea of “making money” early on!! Entrepreneurs are brilliant, so school is “boring” That’s my excuse and I’m sticking to it! πŸ˜‰

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    Mui Tsun
    May 14, 2016 at 11:11 am

    Love this post. I definitely don’t like to be bossed around. Whenever someone implies that “That’s how you do something…” I always think “But is it the best way? And why do I have to do it that way just because everyone else does?” πŸ™‚

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    Dan & Laurie Neumann
    July 28, 2016 at 5:35 pm

    Another one…if you come from a family of entrepreneurs, you might be one too! I don’t really see myself in a lot of the other ones you’ve talked about, but my dad and uncles ran their own business, and then both of my brothers were entrepreneurs. So I have followed suit and glad I did!

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    Jennifer Quisenberry
    July 28, 2016 at 6:48 pm

    I didn’t such at school. I was actually at the top of my class, but still turned out to be an entrepreneur. I do get bored easily by things that aren’t relevant to me though.

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    Candess M. Campbell
    July 28, 2016 at 9:00 pm

    This was fun. I don’t have as many attributes as I would have thought, but definitely have #2! Generally I would move up in an agency quickly and then not like my job at all. Once I began working for myself, I loved it, especially when my boss takes me traveling!

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    July 28, 2016 at 9:13 pm

    I was totally 2 and 4

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    Marie Leslie
    July 29, 2016 at 11:38 pm

    Fun article. I never had a lemonade stand, but I did run four different businesses in junior high and high school–and started a photography business while in college. #2 and #3 are definitely a familiar refrain for me. The school one is kind of iffy. I was bored to death for most of it, but got good grades. One trait I have seen in a lot of entrepreneurs is some degree of ADD. Perhaps we become entrepreneurs because we really need to march to our own drummers.

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    Jill Musser
    July 30, 2016 at 1:38 pm

    These are really fun ideas to think about!

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    Carol Rundle
    July 30, 2016 at 7:43 pm

    I didn’t have a lemonade stand (that I can remember), but every other point is me! I love being an entrepreneur!

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