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Do You Have What It Takes To Quit Your Job And Become An Entrepreneur?

entrepreneurAs a Career Coach, meeting with disgruntled professionals is a big part of my job. I meet people who feel frustrated, overlooked, unappreciated – and often like they could successfully strike it out on their own as an entrepreneur.

It’s an understandable feeling. After all, being your own boss has always been part of “The American Dream” anyway.

The problem is – and I’m being frank – that many people simply aren’t cut out for it. They aspire to quit their job and start their own business. But the reality is that aspiration doesn’t always equate capability. And yet, sometimes it does.


There are a lot of ways to answer this question. I work with my clients to identify their key success patterns, honestly identifying how their skills and personality reflect (or don’t reflect) the abilities and attitudes that entrepreneurs must possess.

As to what those attributes are, the answer is very deep. But Inc. recently published an article that does a nice job of top-lining some of the most important ones:

  1. You have to be optimistic.
  2. You have to be energetic.
  3. You have to take smart risks.
  4. You have to be resilient.
  5. You have to be visionary.
  6. You have to be persuasive.

Now, no list is absolute, and many conditions play a role in whether or not you should take a run at owning your own business.

But from my experience, if you don’t have the above 6 skills to start with, then it’s fair to say you may face some challenges entering entrepreneurship.

Entrepreneurs, I’m curious to hear your thoughts. Do these 6 skills/traits ladder up to successful entrepreneurial potential in your opinion?