Recently I got into a conversation about whether entrepreneurship is a case of nature or nurture. Personally, we really look at it as a skill thing like singing or basketball. Some people were born with it and had circumstances where they never even had the chance to realize their skill. I strongly believe sure there are hundreds of people around the country who could play for the NBAright now but maybe they were never exposed to it in high school or maybe their interests lay elsewhere when theywere younger.
On the flip-side, basketball may have been a “way out” for some people and they worked their way up to a high skill set through sheer determination. However, at the end of the day it is all about betting on your strengths, so finding a way tofigure out what you are good atand then going all in on it is extremely important. Whether that is being an entrepreneur, or an accountant or a teacher, it is all based around skill sets.
I do realize that there are outlier situations in which you can be forced into something that you become great at. However, I think that for the most part, it is a DNA thing. Personally, I had no choice in the matter. I HAD to make a lemonade stand. It was the only thing I thought about. When everybody went outside to play and make forts, I just had to stand on the side of the street, make signs, and sell stuff all day.
How to know if entrepreneurship is in your DNA?
So now, you are probably wondering, “How do I know if that is me? If I hate my job and want to get out and explore my options, how do I know if entrepreneurship is in my DNA?” I believe that it is like anything else. You do not know if you are going to be good at something until you do it. Now up and quitting your job is simply not practical as people have lots of variables in their lives like kids and mortgages that do not allow them to flip on a dime, but that is why you have your 7PM - 2AM's. Now if you really hate your job, that is a powerful thing. Hate is a tremendous motivator. Hate is worth working from 7 at night to 2 in the morning. What is great about the time we live in is that merely 20 years ago, you could not have done that, but with the internet, the concept of 7PM - 2AM is just as useful as any other time of the day.
If you want to know whether you have got that entrepreneurial spirit in your blood, here is what you do: You cut out watching your fucking Lost or House of Cards, cut out playing more Red Dead Redemption II, cut out going out for beers, you pick a dream,and you attack it with everything you have.
What if you prefer all that downtime over the upside of building your own business? I honestly believe that is great! That is totally fine, but you are not allowed to complain about how much you hate your job, just like I am not allowed to complain about my lack of free time or sleep.