Should You Be An Entrepreneur? Take This Test – Harvard Business Review

  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.
  20. I could have written a better test than Isenberg (and here is what I would change ….)

I’ve been thinking about this idea a lot lately. Who should be an entrepreneur? What makes it ok? When is it too late to start?

My answers were “Yes” on everything but questions 15, 18, and 20. Question 20 is kind of a throw away in my mind — I could care less about making a better test. My father ran the farm, but his job was in the steel mill. The farm was a business (tobacco, horses) but never a particularly effective or well organized one.

Question 18 is the tricky one. I enjoy selling. I like making deals happen. However I know the kind of “rush” that those people who are “born salesmen” (and women) get. I’ve seen it in action. I know it yet I just don’t have it. I can sell and sell well. I just don’t live for it.

What’s on your list of items that make a great entrepreneur. If you were going to answer Question 20, what would make up your test?

Published by Steve Banfield

Kentucky born, Seattle based. Entrepreneur. Team Builder. Photographer.

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  1. I never stop reinventing myself = what makes me successful at doing my own thing. And, I’m with you, no interest in making a new test!


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