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9 unmistakable symptoms of an entrepreneur

In almost every article and story written about entrepreneurship, I have found symptoms and traits which are common among all those who finally made it big.

One of those is that entrepreneurship is not for everyone. I realised that entrepreneurs have some specific traits which should be closely observed.

For example, if you are afraid of failures and adventure, then you should definitely keep out of this.

So, here are nine symptoms that you will definitely find in an entrepreneur.

Absolute hate for the normal and boring

You just cannot accept the status-quo; you hate the normal and boring things in life. You often wonder why a particular area can’t be improved and made more exciting and adventurous.

Bad employee

Just track the job history of any entrepreneur and you will get an idea. Entrepreneurs are generally bad employees, and this is a bitter truth.

Bosses can’t easily manage an entrepreneur, and more often than not, entrepreneurs will quit their job before management decides to fire them.

Famous as a rebel

More often than not, entrepreneurs are rebellious; they cannot follow the existing rules and regulations of the society.

You think that these limitations and rules don’t apply to your domain. Normal human beings follow rules, not entrepreneurs!

Gets bored easily

Steve Jobs dropped out of college because the classes bored him. Bill Gates was always sleeping in his classes, hence he opted out. Entrepreneurs get easily bored, which is considered as a problem by others.

The attention span of a typical entrepreneur is very small.

Detests authority

The norms of society don’t apply to you. As a kid, you must have had problems with your teachers, parents and elders.

Authority is something which you absolutely resist and detest. Possible explanation? Maybe you consider yourself as an authority and master of your own destiny.

History of being bullied

It has been observed that some of those with entrepreneurial and artistic behaviour have been bullied in their youth. A possible explanation can be that as these young would-be entrepreneurs detested authority, they were targets of bullying and criticising.

And once these kids grow up, they need to prove themselves as a force to be reckoned with. And often entrepreneurship is the solid route for that!

Ideas create restlessness

Ever encountered an idea which made you restless and sleepless for days and nights? Logic and counter-logic for that idea kept you busy for hours? Do you have an absolute obsession with some of your ideas and plans?

These are definite signs of an entrepreneur. Don’t worry, it’s quite common among your breed.

Eager to improve anything and everything

Whether you’re dining at a restaurant, strolling in a park or vacationing, you will try to change things. You will talk with the restaurant’s manager and let him know that this particular strategy is wrong. You will try to convince him of a brilliant idea which can sky-rocket the sales of his business.

Entrepreneurs have this strange habit of trying to improve anything and everything.

Love for wealth

And lastly, entrepreneurs are never shy of declaring their love for wealth. Notice here, I am not mentioning being rich; but creating wealth. There is a major difference between being rich and being wealthy, and entrepreneurs are those who believe in creating wealth for themselves and for society. If you do have such intentions, then be frank and celebrate them. You are definitely an entrepreneur.

Do some of these symptoms resonate with you? Or do you feel that these pointers are just a work of fiction?


This article by Mohul Ghosh originally appeared on Trak.in, a Burn Media publishing partner.

Author Bio

Trak.in
Trak.in is a popular Indian business blog which was started by IT professional and self-confessed internet geek Arun Prabhudesai in 2007. It has evolved into a multi-authored news and opinion site which covers topics such as enterpreneurship, startups and technology. More
  • Tre Alexander

    I have all of these. Although, I can tolerate authority to some degree…