Some people believe entrepreneurs are born and not made. Certainly there are plenty of examples in the business world of business owners who started their first ventures as kids. Take this Possibility Quiz to see if you’re a natural entrepreneur. Answer each question “True” or “False”:
1. You love reading stories about how businesses start and learning about entrepreneurs.
Most people would rather listen to celebrity gossip than hear about the latest successful business or how an entrepreneur got started. If celebrity news is more of a guilty pleasure while you’re getting your hair cut than a steady diet, you probably know where your real interest lies. Mark this question TRUE.
2. Before you were old enough to get a real job, you thought up little businesses you could start.
I’m not sure every kid who operates a lemonade stand is a natural born entrepreneur, but it’s usually pretty easy to spot the kids who seem destined to start their own business.
For example, in his New York Times bestselling book Crush It!: Why NOW Is the Time to Cash In on Your Passion, Gary Vaynerchuck talks about how he set up a franchise of lemonade stands and then went on to make $1000 a weekend selling baseball cards as a kid.
Is there any doubt that this was a guy who would be unhappy as a mid-level executive in a huge corporation?
Look back over your own life and think about businesses you started as a kid, or whether you’ve spent much of your adult life trying to come up with your next business idea. If you can see a pattern of entrepreneurial thought/hunger, mark this question TRUE.
3. You aren’t afraid to ask questions and you love to learn new things.
I’ve been training people since 2005 and I can usually spot the ones who will be successful in their own business while they’re still taking the course. They’re the ones who are obviously engaged in the material, they get involved and ask lots of questions because they want to learn as much as possible while they can.
Most people go through life doing the same old thing day after day.
They watch a ton of TV and rarely read a book, especially if it’s non-fiction. If they do find themselves in an unfamiliar situation, they rarely ask a question— either because it doesn’t occur to them, or they’re afraid to look stupid.
Entrepreneurs on the other hand, invest in themselves. They read business and marketing books and magazines, subscribe to newsletters and blogs, and invest in courses. If this is you, mark this question TRUE.
4. You are busting with ideas and always looking for ways to improve how something works.
This doesn’t mean you have to be like James Dyson who became obsessed with the idea of creating a vacuum that didn’t lose suction and 5,126 prototypes later invented the first bag-less vacuum cleaner.
My point is you have a natural inclination towards generating ideas and thinking creatively. If this is you, mark this question TRUE.
5. You’d rather color outside the lines or start with a blank page.
Entrepreneurs tend to question why things are the way they are, rather than just accepting them at face value. That’s why they’re the innovators in our society!
While some kids never want to color outside the lines and prefer fill-in-the blanks to open-ended questions, there are always those few who would rather start with a blank page.
They might not test as well in school because memorizing facts bore them, but give them a more complex problem to solve and you’ve piqued their interest.
If you’re shaking your head in recognition of why you didn’t “fit in” like everyone else, mark this question TRUE.
How’d you do?
If you answered TRUE to 4 or 5 questions, then you’re in the right place!
To step into possibility and create your ideal business and lifestyle, you’ll have to be willing to:
- Question the assumptions that have guided your choices.
- Try on new thoughts and behaviors.
- Invest in yourself!
Please share your ideas. What would you add to this quiz?