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5 Signs You Won’t Become an Entrepreneur

by bevbarnes on August 1, 2012

I never wanted to become an entrepreneur.  I associated entrepreneurship with those people that have a burning desire for wealth and power, which I don’t.

I didn’t know that entrepreneurship could also be for those people who wanted freedom, autonomy, and meaning.

If I had, it would have been obvious that I was born to be an entrepreneur.  Maybe you have been labouring under the same false assumption that I was.

I’m an unexpected entrepreneur.  We are a new breed that Chris Guillebeau describes in his fabulous new book, The $100 Startup.  He does a great job of describing the new world of entrepreneurship and giving concrete advice on how to make it work.

I fit into the category of people that are driven by a passion or a calling to create my life’s work.  Most of my clients are in this group too.  They didn’t start out wanting to run a micro-business but with a life circumstance as the catalyst, they decided to follow their passions – stumbled upon their true calling in life, and it became clear that self-employment was the road that could lead them to the life they wanted to create.

If you figure out your true calling (the thing you are called to offer, that meets a great need of the world) figure out what people are willing to pay for and design a business around that, you’ll never have to worry about being out of work again.

Practically anyone can be an unexpected entrepreneur except a small few.  Find out if you are one of them by doing my new, unscientific test.

5 Signs That You Won’t Become an Entrepreneur:

1.  When change happens, you decide it means you need to hold on tight to what you have so that you don’t lose anything more.

Hint:  Being able to let go of what you don’t want and move towards what you do want is how you re-create your life and become self-employed.

2.  You believe that you’ll get job security by working at a large well-established company and making sure you do your best work.

Hint:  The 1950’s are over.

3.  You are unwilling to learn new technology or social media. You have never read a blog, don’t really understand what they’re for, and you still try to phone your kids because you don’t know how to text.

Hint:  Really?  No worries.  If you change your attitude you can learn this.

4.  When you start to question the meaning of life, can’t sleep on Sunday nights, and come home after work exhausted and depleted, you assume that it’s just age and try to find the right medication to relieve your symptoms.

Hint:  Your body tells you the truth, learn how to listen to its messages.

5.  You believe that nobody likes their job, and that’s the way it’s supposed to be.  Work is hard and that’s why they call it work.

Hint:  Try to hang on to your job until retirement.

The great thing about these signals is that the heartfelt desire for freedom, autonomy, and meaning will trump any of these blocks to self-employment.  You just have to start allowing yourself to want something different.

That’s your first step.

I love hearing from you.  Are you an unexpected entrepreneur?  What has helped you the most to make the shift?  Do you have any words of wisdom that you want to share?  Leave your comments below on the blog!

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{ 9 comments… read them below or add one }

Cheryl Brown August 2, 2012 at 12:31 pm

I love receiving your e-newsletter. Somehow you have a way of saying what I need to hear, or I forward it to my husband because it’s something he needs to hear. We have had an insurance agency for ten years and last month we started putting some funds into an online biz. So far, it has had an unexpectedly large return on our investment with very little work (minutes a day). You never know what’s out there until you give it a whirl!


Bev Barnes August 2, 2012 at 1:25 pm

What a great point Cheryl – you never know what’s out there until you give it a whirl! I’m so glad my newsletter is helpful. Congratulations on your on-line biz!


Zarina August 2, 2012 at 3:15 pm

I guess quiting my job three years ago to follow my passions would include me in the unexpected entrepreneur category. Since then, so much has and is still happening it seems unreal. One thing for sure that makes a great difference is the moment you choose to follow your heart things begin happening. Keeping that in mind ALL the time is sometimes challenging. But how we growth along the way is worth it 🙂


Bev Barnes August 2, 2012 at 3:55 pm

That is profound Zarina. I agree. As soon as you make the decision opportunities come to greet you along. I truly believe that getting your gifts out in the world means that you will grow and change immensely and rapidly. Congrats!


Janelle August 2, 2012 at 10:05 pm

Yes, I wasn’t the kid who sold newspapers, or had the lemonade stand, or thought about business in college. But here I am, with my own business, because I realized that the creative freedom I had always desired could be found by opening up my own biz. And now I’m growing in ways I had never expected because of it. It’s always challenging, sometimes a little crazy, and totally rewarding. Thanks for this post Bev! I’m going to read that book.


Bev Barnes August 2, 2012 at 10:10 pm

I think that there is something about creative freedom that a lot of us need Janelle. Who’d have thought that a crazy making, challenging solo-business would be the perfect vehicle for growth, freedom and fulfillment? The book is super helpful and filled with resources. I can’t recommend it highly enough!


Caryn August 3, 2012 at 1:15 am

I love that book Bev! I’m reading it right now… I think that might be a sign that I AM an entrepreneur!

Always good to read you,


Bev Barnes August 3, 2012 at 2:14 am

Synchronicity Caryn! Love it, maybe you are!


Rose May 30, 2013 at 11:39 pm

Bev, I have to get the book. I am just starting to let my passions shine… tiny steps … tiny steps.. thanks for the post. and encouragement.. hugs. Rose


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