Updated: Jun 23, 2020
Do you have a brilliant idea for a product or service that you want to launch? You're probably excited and scared at the same time, that’s perfectly normal.
I left my corporate career 10 years ago. My story is not a typical one, I didn’t quit my job to start a business. That was the last thing on my mind at the time. I left my job to heal from severe anxiety that had my heart rate bouncing between 140bps - 160bps for days at a time.
I never would have left my job if I didn’t feel that my life was at stake. My identify was completely caught up in my title and in climbing the corporate ladder. Once I healed it was my intention to go back to a corporate career, and as you can guess that never happened.
I believe a bigger master plan was in the works.
If there was a test you could take to see if you qualify to be an entrepreneur, I am sure I would fail. I don’t have the qualities of a typical entrepreneur. I don’t like high risk, I am not super creative, I’m not hyper competitive and I didn’t have a specific dream business that I wanted to bring to life.
I agree that not everyone is cut out to be an entrepreneur but I don’t believe it’s based on the qualities above. I believe you are cut out to be an entrepreneur if you have a passion for it and if you are willing to stick it out during the challenging times.
If you want to own your time, create financial stability on your terms and you want to launch products or services that you love out to the world, then you probably qualify as an entrepreneur.
I have a business background in both my education and my 15 years in corporate, and that alone did not prepare me to build my own business.