Quora.com, the crowdsourced question-and-answer website, asked me to take a crack at answering their question, "What are the signs that indicate that entrepreneurship is the best way of living for us?"
I don't know where that question came from, but I took a crack at it.
What do you think? What would you add?
Entrepreneurship is about living life in service to others, using tools such as hard work, innovation and personal expression. It takes passion to be an entrepreneur - there is no 37-hour workweek, no consistent quitting time. But you get to solve the problems you want - for the people (market) you serve - in whatever way best fits your education, skills and values. In other words, when you do what you love to do, it rarely feels like work!Not every day will be perfect. You’ll face problems, setbacks and heartaches. People will let you down. But this can happen to anyone, especially those who work for other people or big corporations. Of all the ways there are of making a living, entrepreneurship is the one that most insulates you from having to work with people you don’t like or in conditions you abhor.
As you become successful in one area, you will see other problems to solve and spot new business opportunities. Entrepreneurship is not a job or a business, but a way of seeing… a way of life. Your challenge will be to manage all of your ideas. But when you put your heart into our work, you attract like-minded people, with similar values. And they will help you meet the challenges you have set for yourself - and give you the strength and resources to tackle new ones.
Entrepreneurship is hard work. But it offers choices, rewards creativity, and will take you places you can’t imagine yet.
If you enjoy dreaming up new ideas, finding new solutions, helping other people, working very hard, and being your own boss, you’ll find entrepreneurship provides everything you need for a creative, prosperous and rewarding life.
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