There seems to be a lot of talk about “wantrepreneurs” lately. For example, in this article passed to me by @gumboshowjoe, the author (also a friend) gives several ways to identify yourself as a wantrepreneur. He also starts off with this quote by Mark Cuban:
“We romanticize entrepreneurship so much that people don’t do the work… it’s not just a dream, not just a goal, it’s a lot of hard work. A lot of people are wantrepreneurs, not entrepreneurs.”
While I don’t love the term “wantrepreneur”, because I think it sounds too negative toward someone who wants to be an entrepreneur, I do believe there are some truths to what it implies. Being an entrepreneur is something is something that a lot of people really, really want to do, but figuring out how to do it can be paralyzing to most.
So how do you move from being a wantrepreneur to an entrepreneur? You start a company.
Brilliant, right? Obviously, the moment you start a company you’re an entrepreneur, win or lose, so you immediately shed that other moniker. But what I really mean is that you have to be “all in” if you’re going to start a company. Talking about it, doing it on the side, working on the business plan, all of these things are for worthless if you never actually start the company.
Because we all know, the only way to fail is to not try…