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The Top Ten Ways to Know You Have Entrepreneurial DNA

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Have you ever wondered whether or not you have what it takes to be an entrepreneur?

A lot of people do, so I put together a list of the top ten ways to know if you have entrepreneurial DNA. It’s a fun list, and it isn’t in any way definitive. But if some of the points describe you, there’s a good chance that you have entrepreneurial DNA.

1. You can’t stop writing on napkins (sorry Starbucks).
2. You have backup ideas for your backup ideas.
3. You know that execution matters more than ideas, but you still have plenty of backup ideas.
4. You’d rather do anything else than work 9 to 5.
5. You’re even willing to work more hours just so you don’t have to work 9 to 5.
6. You’ll take a vacation next year.
7. You don’t have time for business school—there’s too much money to be made.
8. Your favorite show is Shark Tank, and it’s the only one you have time to watch.
9. You don’t know which is better—Inc., Entrepreneur, or Fast Company—so you subscribe to all three.
10.  Selling your first company doesn’t mean it’s time to retire—it means you now have the cash needed to bankroll your next company. And the next one. And the next one after that…

Now that you’ve read these top ten ways to know you have entreprenurial DNA, which is your favorite? And what would you add to the list? Leave a comment, and let’s discuss!

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  • http://perfectioncoding.com Martyn Chamberlin

    I don’t like entrepreneurs who sell their businesses. They only sell to buyers who think they can make the company better – which, if true, means the founder could have done the same. Either stick or pivot – don’t sell.

    Entrepreneurs work 5-9, not 9-5. ;)

    This is a good list! Good to see ya blogging.

    • Joseph Putnam

      Or maybe they sell because they enjoy building a business more than scaling to extreme heights and going public. I personally am more excited about getting a company off of the ground than growing it so big that it goes public. There’s totally an advantage to selling at the right time if you find the right card.

      It’s also great to be blogging for myself again. I enjoy the opportunity to experiment with new ideas. :)

  • http://www.twitter.com/mattsmedia MattsMedia

    Missing the last Skytrain home was the perfect excuse to pull an all-nighter, catch up on 800+ emails, and craft a new campaign.

    Yep, that’s what I’m doing right now.

    ;)

    • Joseph Putnam

      Travelling is a GREAT time to get work done. I recently wrote a post and did three hours of copywriting work all while on a plane flight. It’s quite fun to earn money during a plane flight when normally I’d be wasting time. :)

  • http://millionaireintent.com Ryley Donkersgoed

    My favorite is #6, because a couple days ago I was saying to myself I’ll take vacation next year.

    One that is missing from the list is “You don’t want to work for anyone else but yourself, because you are too smart to.

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