Wantrepreneur or Entrepreneur?
I started working on a new business project with my best friend Paul, and we decided to enroll in classes that would help us create a blueprint for success. In our first lesson, I came across a new term “Wantrepreneur” – individuals who have the desire to be an entrepreneur, but have not yet attained that status. Sometimes referred to as “wannabe entrepreneurs”
It’s been over 20 years since I have held a “regular JOB”; at this point, I’m pretty much unemployable! I love the fact that I make my own hours – wake up when I’m done sleeping, no office drama and better yet, no horrible traffic on the way to work! These days, everyone wants to be an entrepreneur. EVERYONE.
“Entrepreneurship is living a few years of your life like most people won’t so you can spend the rest of your life like most people can’t.”
– Warren G. Tracy’s student
Many individuals want to work for themselves – have their own gig – but never really get started. Why is that? Some even spend hundreds (thousands) of dollars on a business and never “DO” anything to get it off the ground. They talk a good game, have the best intentions, but don’t really get past the point of just talking about it. They wish they could be entrepreneurs but refuse to take action.
What makes an Entrepreneur? They have a burning desire to succeed, possess a vision, maintain consistency, create a plan, exhibit patience, and are not afraid to take risks. Nobody ever got rich by playing it safe.
What makes a Wantrepreneur? They are possessed by the spirit of the “Do Do” – spending all their time doing and doing and doing activities that never lead them even close to their goals. They complain about not having the time to make it happen, or worst yet, hide behind their fear and suffer from “Analysis Paralysis.”
Wantrepreneurs wait for the circumstances to be perfect, blame others for their lack of success, talk about what they are going to do but don’t take the first STEP.
Are you an Entrepreneur or an Wantrepreneur?
There is an old saying: “Don’t put off until tomorrow what can be done today.” In order to move from a Wantrepreneur to an Entrepreneur, stop being afraid to take the first step, even if it looks risky; there are no guarantees in life, we might NOT get it right the first time.
This post is a call to arms,
Let’s stop daydreaming and get to work, get out there and just do it!
Twenty years from now, you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”
– Mark Twain
What action are you willing to do TODAY to leave Wantrepreneurship?