Being an Entrepreneur is not sexy most of the time. In fact it’s usually more like the life the guy who lived off of $30 a month crashing on AOL’s couches than the booze-filled rage-fest depicted in media like “The Social Network.” So why do people take the plunge with no guarantee of anything in return?

1. You’re Not afraid of failure: “Don’t be afraid to be wrong. The learning comes from the failure. And, you will fail 99 times for one success. Learn from the missteps and move forward.” -Fitist

2. You’ve realized that it’s a real job: “I went to college, because that’s what everyone does.  At Brown I took a few entrepreneurship classes, and they showed me that being an entrepreneur was a viable alternative to becoming a doctor, lawyer, consultant etc… After that I knew the startup world was for me.” – Priceonomic

3. You Have Undying Perseverance: “You have to like what you’re doing enough to take 50 no’s and then be excited about the one ‘yes.’”

4. Selling Comes More Naturally than Sports: “I was a horrible baseball player, but I sold more fundraiser candy bars than any other little leaguer in the bay area; they gave me a stereo.” – Syyn Labs

5. You believe that you are in control of your destiny: “I truly believe that if you are motivated enough and have the ambition to start something up on your own you can be successful at whatever you do.” -VivaVision

6. You Get Bored Easily: “My whole life is an exercise in avoiding boredom – launching a startup is a surefire way to avoid boredom!” – NewsiT

7. You’re a bit crazy: Entrepreneurialism is not for the faint-hearted. You really have to be a little bit crazy to succeed at it. – NewsiT

8. You take the “road less traveled”: “When at a crossroads, choose the path of most resistance – it holds the greatest reward.Go after the choice that will grow you the most as a person, not the easiest one.” -Pandora

9. You don’t know how else to make money: “I wanted to make money, and didn’t know how to do so without starting a business.” – Kissmetrics

10. You Can’t Sleep: “The real cue that it’s time to start is when you can’t wake up one more day without pursuing your idea.” –

11. No one will hire you: “I have authority issues and I never enjoyed or did well with school. I dropped out of the college and pursued the challenge of self-employment. For me it’s always been about the struggle to make something out of nothing.” – Technori

After starting several companies and selling them off, Josh Haynam dedicated himself to helping others become their own bosses. His site features stories from highly successful entrepreneurs and is designed to bridge the gap between having the desire to start a company and actually a business.