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Have You Been Diagnosed With Entrepreneurism?

| September 17, 2010 | 9 Comments

The Harvard Business Review recently published a great article looking at entrepreneurship as a disease. The author Jeff Stibel shows how there is a major difference between being a CEO of a company and being an entrepreneur. There are many people who can run companies but there is a whole different breed of people that consistently start companies.

Many people associate entrepreneurship with great things like fame and fortune but the truth is very different. The author states “I liken entrepreneurism to a disease. Having it myself, I am not always sure it is a good thing.” Of course you hear about the successes like Bill Gates, Larry Ellison and Ted Turner but what about the thousands of others that never make it? The authors says that “Entrepreneurs are all in, all the time. Entrepreneurs love what they do and obsess over it. It is a predisposition; a path that has already been laid for you. It is a character trait, a labor of love, a zeal that cannot be trained, a condition that cannot be treated, an illness that cannot be caught.”

Here are 4 questions to see if you have it!

  • Do you wake up before your alarm goes off, hop out of bed excited to go to work? (good)
  • Do you race to the car, forgetting breakfast, your morning coffee, and the paper? (better)
  • Halfway to work, do you look down, realize you forgot to shower, shave, or get dressed? (great)
  • Do you pause for a second, and then decide–what the hell–and head to work anyways? (diagnosis: entrepreneurialism; cure unknown)

Now if your reading this we hope you have it! And despite the author saying it can’t be caught we hope to give it to you!

Being an entrepreneur is unlike most things out there and no one (unless you are one) truly knows what you go through on a day to day basis. No one gets as excited but at the same time is the most insecure person in the room. It is a mindset or maybe even a disease but that is what makes it so great!

Read the full article here

Do you have entreprenuerism?

About the Author: Jared O'Toole

Co-founder and editor of Under30Media. You can send an email to Jared(at)Under30CEO.com. Follow him on Google+ or @JaredOToole

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  • Wattsresume

    Great article…plain and simple

  • http://www.giftasmile.com Giftasmile

    Simply True!!!

  • pavan karwa

    very realistic……either state of mind or true passion is what an aspirant should first decide and only then should he proceed.

  • http://twitter.com/finchemist Oskar Syahbana

    No arguing that passion is the most powerful drive. The problems for young people this day of age is to find that passion in a noisy interconnected world

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  • Usama

    Very true. When obsession takes control of passion, its a disaster. Never let your head get away from you. In short, never lose focus.

  • Adult

    This is a cliche article. It was painful to read and made me cringe hard.

    “Oh how we entrepreneurs are awesome!
    I sure am awesome too being an entrepreneur myself.
    However it is SO awesome being one that I don’t think it’s a good thing! Oh noes, it is dangerous! Not for everyone! We sure are a unique bunch!

    (insert exaggerated anecdotes)

    Being an entrepreneur is SUCH a unique thing that no one else can imagine how it is to be one!

    (bunch of sheeple comments applauding)”

    Get over yourselves and stop being so immature.

    Every group of people think themselves too unique and that they are awesome but that awesomeness comes with a price.

    You are not special.

  • http://www.facebook.com/MorganBarnhart Morgan Barnhart

    Nothing but truth! I have self-diagnosed and have determined that I do indeed have entreprenuerism and loving every moment of it!