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Are You Really Cut Out To Be An Entrepreneur?Views: 4086
Sep 23, 2007 1:59 amAre You Really Cut Out To Be An Entrepreneur?#

Michael Lemm
You hear lots of discussion everyday about the personal "failure rate" amongst those who "work for themselves". It's a pretty popular subject for forum discussions. There's plenty of sad stories passed around. Note: some stories are definitely legit, don't get me wrong here. But often there's "more to the story" as Paul Harvey would say.

Folks complain about their "lack" of results (notice I said "their" lack), blame everything but themselves (usually), constantly search for "the" way to turn things around (e.g. "the right system"), and/or routinely jump to the next "thing" because the last "thing" didn't work.

Now hold on their Cowboy (errrr....Cowgirl too).

"You" need to step back....breath deep....and take another look.

I believe there are some who are cut out to be their own boss and some who are not. We come across people everyday looking into starting their own business....using all kinds of models and business types. But unfortunately many don't really know if they have what it takes. Too often they're coming from the "give my boss 40 hrs/wk, collect a paycheck" mentality. Or worse yet..."sit on the couch eating Doritos 'cuz it should be so easy". That just doesn't work.

Before they/you get started into business for themselves/yourself there's a simple test called the “Self-Employment Test”.... specifically designed to measure your prospects for success. This is the perfect self examination to get people thinking about "working for themselves".


The test is from the book, “Is Self-Employment for You? by Paul Casey (you can get it at Amazon.com if interested). This book goes beyond the ABC’s of how to write a business plan but examines the potential entrepreneur’s emotional readiness and personality traits that ultimately make the difference between success and failure.

This test is very simple. Read the questions and assign yourself a number between 1 and 5, where 1 is the lowest score, and 5 is the highest. For example, in the first question, "Are you a leader?" A score of 1 means, "I have absolutely no leadership skills whatsoever. My dog doesn’t even follow me on walks." A score of 5 means, "I am an experienced leader in every sense of the word. If not for my dream of starting my own business, I would be running for president."

As Paul says....you need to be completely honest with yourself on this test! Do not make yourself out to be more or less than you really are. Again, this test will help you to determine your prospects for success, but only if you are honest in assessing your own strengths and weaknesses.

Anyway don't despair if you don't score well it just means you may have a few things to work on. If you're willing to that is.

God Bless,
Michael Lemm
FreedomFire Communications
"Helping YOUR Business.....DO Business"

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Sep 24, 2007 6:37 pmre: Are You Really Cut Out To Be An Entrepreneur?#

Scott Allen
Great quiz and article, Michael -- thanks for sharing.

Interestingly, I scored a 99 (out of a possible 125, for those of you who haven't read it yet) -- exactly the same as the guy who developed the quiz.

Anybody else care to share their score?

- Scott -

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Sep 24, 2007 8:39 pmre: re: Are You Really Cut Out To Be An Entrepreneur?#

Travis Winger
I got a 93. It definitely makes you evaluate a few things which you scored lower on. Thanks for the test!

Travis Winger
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Sep 24, 2007 10:49 pmre: re: re: Are You Really Cut Out To Be An Entrepreneur?#

Rasheed Hooda
I didn't do so well. I need my work cut out for me. I score only 75. Barely made the average list. That explains a lot of things and I am grateful, Michael,that you share it with us. Thanks

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Sep 30, 2007 4:05 pmre: Are You Really Cut Out To Be An Entrepreneur?#

Philip Ang
Great stuff Michael.
I need help in two areas which I score below average.I take score no 3 as the average mark.
Hence I score a 2 for question 12( on being sociable) and question 25 ( on finances).
So for those who get top marks in these areas,please give me your tips. If it is lengthy, do pm.

On the other hand I scored 5 for question 4( on patience) and question 5 ( decision making).
So for those who need tips on how to be more patient and how to make decisions easily,just pm me.

Hmm, on second thought, perhaps we can start a thread...lasting 25 weeks.
For the first week, all those who scored a 5 for question 1 will share their tips.
Then on the second week, all those who scored a 5 for question 2 will share their tips. And so on.


Philip ang
P/s: My score is 94.

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Oct 01, 2007 1:30 amre: re: Are You Really Cut Out To Be An Entrepreneur?#

Brett Bernstein
Hi all.

This is my first post on both the Entrepreneur Network and Ryze in general.

This network compelled my to step in and start, so at the very least I thank you all for that. In addition, I enjoy this post. I am currently studying entrepreneurship at a university and it's incredible to see the correlation of my studies with this recent business my parents stated.

I've come from a long history of entrepreneurs, so I must attribute my genes for my insane need for risk, accomplishment, adventure, and long hours...

According to this test I scored a 94, which was perfect. It allows me to see where I excel, but conversely where I could use a push. I still have time to plan and hone my skills before embarking on my haphazard yet purposeful future, researching myself seems just as important as researching the industry I look to enter.

Thanks all,

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Oct 02, 2007 2:57 pmre: re: Are You Really Cut Out To Be An Entrepreneur?#

Mercedes Monden
I have haven’t been very active lately networking.

I scored 101

This is good according to the quiz; it is very refreshing to know that I still have what it takes to be an entrepreneur and even more

I did score 3 points on question nr.5 and I was not very please with that. My husband scored 5 points on that.

If anyone has idea on how I can improve my self on decisions making (nr.5) please drop me a note at your most convenient time.

I have been looking for a business partner for my 6 star condo hotel+ conference complex project all over the world, I almost stopped looking because I thought I wasn’t cut out to be an entrepreneur after all.
This quiz was very refreshing

Have a nice day all and remain blessed

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Oct 07, 2007 11:44 pmre: Are You Really Cut Out To Be An Entrepreneur?#

Felicia Slattery

Thanks for the resource. I scored a 113.

Ok-- I have an open, honest and question-- strictly out of curiousity. I know some of you have been in business a long time, so you may have a good sense about my question. I'm not looking to beat up on anyone or make any point at all. (I know-- a long preface!)

Where are the top women entrepreneurs? I wonder why the vast majority at the top are men? If I scroed 113, other women have been around that, too. I know many of them. But I often wonder, why are all the successful online business folks we read so much about men? The questions on this helpful quiz are definitely gender-neutral and not leading in any way. So I have to wonder.

For example, Dan Kennedy has a pre-launch of a new product where he interviews 25 successful entrepreneurs. Among them are only three women; and one of them is in partnership with her husband. Is it because we only hear/read about the guys who made it while the succesful women are quietly making their millions without being "out there?" Or is there some trick that most women entrepreneurs don't get?

As I'm looking at who posted here, up until now-- guys.

Any ideas? Again, I'm not trying to stir things up here. I think anyone who works to acheive their goals deserves their success. Just wondering out loud why more women aren't yet joining the men at the top.


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Oct 15, 2007 5:50 amre: re: Are You Really Cut Out To Be An Entrepreneur?#

Sharilee Guest
Very interesting test, although the results were not that surprising. I have been an entrepreneur for as long as I can remember. Even in elementary school I was creating projects and running teams. My score was 116. I fall short in patience and in seeing the detail while keeping the vision in mind. I am the visionary! That is why I surround myself with detail people!

I like the idea of taking time to share ideas about the different areas--

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Oct 15, 2007 7:33 amre: Are You Really Cut Out To Be An Entrepreneur?#

Shobha(usha) gowri
Great quiz Michael
Its simplicity made it even more interesting and while I scored a 93,what I liked best were the weaknesses that most probably become threats to/for our success
Thanks once again

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Jan 27, 2008 8:04 pmre: re: Are You Really Cut Out To Be An Entrepreneur?#

Ernie Martin
Enjoyed taking the quiz. I surprized myself, scoring 104 out of 125.:-)). That's very good to excellent.:-)).

Some of the scores 3 to 2 where I do need to improve:

"Working Alone": I thrive working with people.:-)). I am energized working with people. I would feel isolated if I work alone most of the time.

"Handle failure": I get disappointed when I do have set backs. Maybe something to do in a "go getter" world mindset?

"Focus on small detail": I tend to look at "big" picture and hire or get volunteers to do detail tasks.:-)).

"Working under pressure": I dislike being in a "pressure cooker". I like to take my time and keep working at it and complete it.:-)). I do not like "forced" deadlines that are not reasonable.

"Multiple tasks": I focus on getting things done, one at a time.:-)). It seems many women are good in multi-tasking.:-)). Something to do with more connections in the brain?



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Jan 28, 2008 2:26 amre: re: re: Are You Really Cut Out To Be An Entrepreneur?#

Scott Wolpow
I scored a 112.

Scott Wolpow

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Jan 28, 2008 2:22 pmre: re: re: re: Are You Really Cut Out To Be An Entrepreneur?#

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Great thought provoker! Thank you. I scored a 103. I know my areas of improvement are time management, patience and financial education. If you're green, you're growing!


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Jan 28, 2008 5:45 pmre: re: re: re: re: Are You Really Cut Out To Be An Entrepreneur?#

Harold Leeds
Hi All:

I am relatively new to this network, but not to business. My weakness is writing about myself, but it asks for background so here goes.

I took the quiz and scored 106. I have long known about my weaknesses in business but have started-up five companies from scratch. I raised multi-millions in funding for some and grew a couple from a shoe string budget when I first started being entrepreneural.

My background initially was big corporate. I ran a large division for a $40 Billion Dollar company and had about 3000 employees. To move ahead any further in the company, they were asking me to move somewhere I didn't want to go, so I took my stock and retired from there.

I figured that if I could run a billion dollar divison of a company, I could run my own business. Was I wrong!!!

I learned gut wrenching, sleep robbing, marriage wrecking,
and bank account draining lessions. I decided to learn from those that had started businesses and been successful
and surround myself with people that could bring the talents to business that I lacked.

Back to the Quiz therefore! The results of my painful lessions, out of the 5 firms I started- 3 grew in multimillion dollar businesses which were sold for a major return on investment, 1 failed and one continues to be a major corporation. I made a lot of friends, and there were a bunch that didn't like me and probably still don't.

If you have the bravery to try being an entrepreneur, learn that you might not be able to do it all yourself and learn to excel in everything, otherwise we all would get perfect scores.LOL Get help from your partners, upline, fellow Ryze members or paid specialists and hopefully avoid the painful lessions. Interesting Quiz!

Thanks, Michael.


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Feb 02, 2008 2:32 amre: re: re: re: re: Are You Really Cut Out To Be An Entrepreneur?#

Marlo T.
Michael, I totally agree with your analysis.

I too see things as the glass half-full.
The test was very helpful.

I socred a 76.

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Feb 06, 2008 3:55 pmre: Are You Really Cut Out To Be An Entrepreneur?#

Steve Beaman
I have been in business for 4 years. I previously owned a business for 15 years. The previous business has helped me to see what I need to do differently. I scored 105 on the test.

I work with small businesses and have found many that the owner should have taken a test like this before going into business. Just because a person has knowledge in a certain product or service does not mean they should start a business.

I am a business & IT consultant with 30+ years of experience. My slogan is "Consulting with a Conscience at a Price YOU can afford". I see many businesses where the business management and IT area are not on the same wavelength. I believe in "Business Information using Technology".

Steven J. Beaman

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Feb 21, 2008 3:17 amre: Are You Really Cut Out To Be An Entrepreneur?#

Vivian Butler
Hi Everyone,

I am a home based online gifts business owner and new to Ryze. I am having lots of business learning & networking fun.

I took this test and scored 117 - my birthday backwards...Laughing Out Loud...How funny ....Strange as well...I must really be branded for self employment...

Thanks for the test for self assessment, glad to know, I do have what it takes to be successful. Now if I can make some sales...it will be even better...Laughing Out Loud..

Vivian Butler, CEO
Vivian's World of Services
email: viv@vivsgiftsonline.com

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Feb 25, 2008 7:37 pmre: Are You Really Cut Out To Be An Entrepreneur?#

Abhijit Roy

Back in this network after a long time.
The quiz was great. Helpful.
Although I was honest about the quiz itself, I don't think I would have posted my score, unless so many people had not already done so. Talk about leadership skills. Anyways, my score was 94.

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Mar 17, 2008 8:17 pmre: Are You Really Cut Out To Be An Entrepreneur?#

Robert Cass
Failure is under rated! How many successful people out there have been successful from day 1? Not many! It's the people that learn from their failures that become incredibly successful. Take me for example, I have lost everything at least twice now, but I know that my experience has made me wiser and more resilient to failure. Not everyone understands what it takes to lose everything and then get back up and take another swing at it...for those of you who do; awesome.

I always cringe when I hear someone say that they will do whatever it takes to succeed...there are some thoughts that go through my head when I hear that, namely: does your spouse feel the same way? Would you donate plasma for gas money? Have you ever missed payroll for 10 employees? Have you ever missed payroll when your closest friend is on your payroll? Have you ever had your water/electricity turned off? You see, when you say that you will do whatever it takes, it means that your spouse is going to be affected as well. I have been fortunate enough to have made it through some ridiculously tough times and STAY MARRIED...it says a lot about my wife. Anyway, selling your plasma sucks...I would do it again if I had to, let's just hope that I don't. In the mean time, my company should hit $1mm in revenues this year...Let's hear it for perseverence!!!!

In the mean time, read my book Suck it up, Buttercup! for my complete thoughts on perseverence and motivation...Good Luck, hope this helped...Rob

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Mar 17, 2008 10:21 pmre: re: Are You Really Cut Out To Be An Entrepreneur?#

Anthony Zelinko
Great comments,

I'd like to comment on Felicia's response concerning women entrepreneurs.
It's all in the numbers! Many successful male entrepreneurs and business owners fail numerous times but keep up the fight and struggle to make it. It's my belief that women in general are not wired for accepting all the failures one experiences when being an entrepreneur. Notice I say in general.

Ask yourself have you ever been in a conversation with a group of women or at a convention and they are discussing all their failures, but yet they tell their friends on how they are going to succeed. Most women will give support and and be empathetic and suggest that they change their dreams, so called be more realistic.

I walked away from my corporate job approx. 5 years ago. last Friday I met with financial backers that want to increase my sales dramatically and possible partners.
When I started my company my accountant (a women)did not see the value in it would not touch it with a 10 foot pole. My wife was skeptical, it was not a pretty picture.
I persevered stuck to my guns and would not take no for an answer.
Call me crazy but but most women and men would have thrown in the towel along time ago.
Even if its just a slight differnce in the way women look at failure, it makes a huge difference in the number of times one fails until they are successful.

When I reach my financial goals I plan on discussing that topic to women at a seminar designed for entrepreneurial women. It's important I do that since I constantly tell my daughter It's ok to fail just learn from your failures.

Tony Z.

"Renaissance Man"

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May 09, 2008 4:38 amre: re: Are You Really Cut Out To Be An Entrepreneur?#

Matt Holsonback
I scored a 110. I'm not patient and don't get along well with failure. I'll work on that... someday.

Great test. I plan to pass it around.

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May 18, 2008 3:05 pmre: Are You Really Cut Out To Be An Entrepreneur?#

Mark A Taylor
Hi Mike,

This is a great approach to the question of 'are you really cut out to be an entrepreneur, but can I put forward a contrarian view?

Namely, I would like to support the idea that it is not the type of person that makes an enterprise succeed but rather what they do and how they go about it. On that basis, anyone with a passion and commitment to their idea can make it happen.

I say this on the basis of personal experience and a deal of academic research, although I am aware that it is hard to dismiss the idea that people with, say, a high need for achievement, is more likely to succeed. I guess I just like the idea of inclusivity within entrepreneurship.

Am I just an idealist??


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May 19, 2008 2:02 pmRe: Are You Really Cut Out To Be An Entrepreneur?#

Teddy Towncrier

Mark ...

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" .... On that basis, anyone with a passion and commitment to their idea can make it happen."

"Am I just an idealist??"

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May 20, 2008 7:23 amre: re: Are You Really Cut Out To Be An Entrepreneur?#

Trishna Pandey
Dear All,

I am in agreement with Mark. I blieve that when it really comes down to push or shove, a person can learn about money, or the way of the world, or marketing strategies. (many management and marketing bibles got written that way) Provided the person is intent on making his idea ( I would like to substitute that word with dream) a reality.
Provided a person is passionate about it and knows what he/she wants.

Entreprenuership is a challenge because it asks us how far we are willing to stand by what we believe in. Given, this it does take a different breed to dare to walk that path let alone succeed. Given that we need the smarts to make any dream a reality. Call, me an idealist because I believe that true entreprenuer is much more about the human spirit than it is about the balance sheet.

Warm Regards

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Jun 27, 2008 3:54 pmre: Are You Really Cut Out To Be An Entrepreneur?#

I scored 95, but still waiting for my business link to the score.


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Nov 27, 2008 1:45 amre: re: re: re: Are You Really Cut Out To Be An Entrepreneur?#

Paula Millar
Hello all.
Not to intentially be the voice of discourse but being a coach this test look to me like an all or nothing proposition. I have coached may who given their own Business IQ would of failed. It's not about where you are at it about getting empowered to get there. Now I do agree that there are alot of programs out that that are really only meant to take avantage of some. I also know that from a biblical point of view God insist that we be business people. In fact he is very clear about this in Prov 31 about the virtous women being able to consider her field, and buy it; with the fruit of her hands she plants a vineyard. She girds her loins with strength and strengthen her arms. She perceiveth that her merchandise is good: her candle goes not out by night. She makes fine linens and sells it. I'm skipping verse her but you get the idea. Even when I was a secular coach it became clear that mentoring others was part of the responsiblity to give back. It was be so easy to give a test make judgements about where you are or others. Soon we will have Hr using this. There are tons of business people who failed and failed and then because of all that failure made it big. If you are going to coach someone like that you have to figure out what the speck in their eye is that they are trying to create and may not even have enough language for yet. It doesn't mean that they don't have something valuable to contribute. It's up to us who are successful to peal back that sculpture and find out God's intentions fo this one. It's more complicated. Not an easy answer as a test. If you believe as i do that God provides the increase many times it has nothing at all to so with their talents or gifts. I have seen it that if there is a Vision and it's that person has been adequately prepared.. nothing will stop that Vision from coming into manifestation and it will look to me and you that the person in charge knows nothing about what they are doing. Dani Johnson a Coach worth millions says there is so much I just don't know how to do and he shows me. I just say becareful about boxes. I could use old secular coaching language here about paradigm shifts and the like and show you example after example of those who knew nothing, had the courage to step through and the opening was there, they were there at the right time and success happen. It is not a phenonmenon for only thoses with the right stuff all neatly in place. As a secular coach, deathly ill with a severe eating disorder I was being trained as a coach. I help develop a company that grew into an eight state franchise. The Ceo of that company will tell you that I found a way to make possible all that he didn't think was... here is the joke. He was my mentor with 20 more years coaching experience than I.

Paula Mary

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Dec 05, 2008 10:53 pmre: re: re: re: re: Are You Really Cut Out To Be An Entrepreneur?#

Jean Maurice Touboul
Well put Michael:

I think a lot of people missed the point of finding out your weak points (assuming honesty and being a good judge of oneself when answering) and trying to improve not to score 120 but to increase your chances of success.

I scored 95 and I am glad I did since it allowed me to review my lows and think of what I can do to improve.


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Dec 06, 2008 6:32 amAre You Really Cut Out To Be An Entrepreneur?#

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Dec 10, 2008 12:57 pmre: Are You Really Cut Out To Be An Entrepreneur?#

Charlie Brown

Entrepreneur: One who initiates and assumes the financial risks of a new enterprise and who undertakes its management. Simpler said than done. However I say with the right scenario you can be successful and fulfill/achieve your Dream.

Very cool test, however for those of us that scored 120-125 I agree to disagree with the analogy/philosophy of the results. We may have a big head or ego lol but if you are a true leader/entrepreneur/business owner, you build up your "team" to make them #1 and direct business accordingly. Making it a win-win situation for all.

Just my opinion...If a person has a realistic Dream, a Mentor, Coach, Team with the same goals/wants...you can be a Entrepreneuer. You need to have in the mix a plan, system, direction, implementation, infrastructure, methodology and the resources to make it happen. Seed money is good to lol.

Are you really cut out to be an Entrepreneur? Regardless of what you scored on the test. If you're fortunate enough to have all the tools and team available to you, along with your commitment to make it happen...Walla! You have what it takes to be successful Entrepreneur!

Continued success to all, your friend and network member CB.

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Dec 10, 2008 2:05 pmre: re: Are You Really Cut Out To Be An Entrepreneur?#

Ravi Singh
Good quiz,

I got 84 score.

Need to work on being social , time management , finances more .

Thanks ,


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Dec 10, 2008 2:56 pmre: re: Are You Really Cut Out To Be An Entrepreneur?#

Teri Kerr
Great test to make us do a check-up on ourselves!!
I scored a 97.
Teri Kerr

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Dec 15, 2008 6:51 pmre: re: Are You Really Cut Out To Be An Entrepreneur?#

LeashesandLovers.com Sheryl Matthys
I love tests like these - ok, it reminds me of my more relaxing days of skimming through a Glamour and they always have the love tests!

I felt I was honest and scored a 102.

The analysts said scores in that range - he'd like to work with others. Well, where/who are you? (joke).

My biz especially needs assistance in the sales end! (Biz directory, banner ads)

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Feb 11, 2009 11:33 amre: Are You Really Cut Out To Be An Entrepreneur?#

Shivram Ravi

My score was 99 !!!

however to be candid there are still some roadblocks and speed brakes coming in before I launch my first book!


Ravi Shivram

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Feb 23, 2009 8:36 amre: Don't care what I'm cut out to do, BUT...#

Amit Karia
Scored 111 - did not read the preface or the first para except for the scoring bit and went straight into the test - Scored 2~3 points in various spots but hey, no one is perfect - Success is not achieved by following the rules or going by the book - took the test merely as a time pass, wouldnt have agreed to the scores :) if it has not been favourable enough to me.

Just being honest.

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Feb 23, 2009 11:39 pmre: re: Don't care what I'm cut out to do, BUT...#

Ilka Flood
Scored 88. Guess I need to work on some issues.
That was really fun though.

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Mar 16, 2009 11:39 pmre: Are You Really Cut Out To Be An Entrepreneur?#

Stephanie Valentine
Hi Michael,

Great resource and test. I took it and scored a 92. As you have pointed out several times on this thread, this test is really good at showing me where I need to improve. I scored lowest on being social and trusting people/enjoying being around them. I guess that's why I enjoy doing online marketing so much. I can connect when I'm in a good place to do it whereas oftentimes doing face-to-face business has to be done during certain hours of the day. I'm kind of an online MLM hermit.

Patience was another sore spot for me (I am patient over the long haul but not when I have to deal with all people all the time). Very good test. I'm going to recommend it to my business partners and see where they stand. It might help them see a lot about their ways of doing business as well.

Thanks for all the great resources you continually provide!

Stephanie Valentine

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Mar 17, 2009 11:34 amre: re: Are You Really Cut Out To Be An Entrepreneur?#

Aalap Sharma
My Score: 90

Not a great score, but the quiz surely is enlightening...
I am in process of setting up my own venture and this quiz gives a boost.

"Yes, I do possess the required skills to be an Entrepreneur"

Thanks Michael...

Wish me luck friends :)


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Mar 31, 2009 1:03 amre: re: re: re: Are You Really Cut Out To Be An Entrepreneur?#

Sharron Williams
My score was 102. I have always been an Entrepreneur! I was the kid with the lemon aid stand, I sold greeting cards as a kid, then to pay my college tutition, I created crafts and sold them.
My sister always says I should have majored in business or something else related to crafts (Art or Interior Design) and not nursing. I agree!

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Mar 31, 2009 7:52 amre: re: re: re: re: Are You Really Cut Out To Be An Entrepreneur?#

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Mar 31, 2009 1:41 pmre: re: re: re: re: re: Are You Really Cut Out To Be An Entrepreneur?#

Sharron Williams
Chuck, you are an inspiration! Well, I have used my knowledge to my benefit other than bedside nursing. My husband and I started Optimal Healthcare Marketing. We want to help others in the healthcare/wellness industry learn how to be Creative with their marketing messsage.

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May 08, 2009 1:22 pmre: Are You Really Cut Out To Be An Entrepreneur?#

Ken Lee
This post and test are a great resource. What I have decided to do with it is to take any question that wasa 3 or less and spend practical time working on one each day in a prioritized fashion. While my score was 102, I have some definite weaknesses and handicaps that need attention.

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May 08, 2009 4:45 pmre: Are You Really Cut Out To Be An Entrepreneur?#

Ken Lee
This post and test are a great resource. What I have decided to do with it is to take any question that wasa 3 or less and spend practical time working on one each day in a prioritized fashion. While my score was 102, I have some definite weaknesses and handicaps that need attention.

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Jul 09, 2009 7:46 pmre: Are You Really Cut Out To Be An Entrepreneur?#

Victor Ghebre

Nice little test.

I scored a 99, I tried not to think about my answers as I did the test, just wrote down the first thing that came to mind.

Looks like I have some areas that I need to work on, but I am always open to self growth.


Victor Ghebre

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Jul 24, 2009 9:16 pmre: re: re: re: Are You Really Cut Out To Be An Entrepreneur?#

John Montana
Oh yeah. What's there to doubt?

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Sep 07, 2009 1:44 amre: re: re: re: re: re: Are You Really Cut Out To Be An Entrepreneur?#

Uma Basso
Thank you for posting this thread. I haven't taken the test but will definitely do so. I see so many people take the "self employed" route and not be successful. For most - it seems that it falls out of their comfort zone.

This sounds like a very good resource to provide to clients.

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Sep 23, 2009 5:23 amre: Are You Really Cut Out To Be An Entrepreneur?#

Hello Everyone,

Great test!

I scored a 102! which was good. I like how people were very honest with themselves on the test! Thats great if your serious about being a sucessful entrepreneur I think.

I figure, if I could work hard and get up every morning work 40+ hours every week at someone else's job, I could put that time and energy into working for myself. Along with a great idea, more hard work and presistence.

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Sep 23, 2009 6:30 amre: re: Are You Really Cut Out To Be An Entrepreneur?#

Clement Tay
I scored 98, think I have quite a bit to work on being organized.

It's true that persistence is very important is sustaining a business.
It's pretty much like working out, very often when we're about to break our record, we give up.
Most people do the same, give up just as they are that close to success.

Me thinks it's also important to set goals before going into anything since it gets your priorities right.
Starting a business and just saying "I want to make big bucks and retire young" is definitely the highway to failure.

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Oct 14, 2009 5:32 pmre: re: re: re: re: Are You Really Cut Out To Be An Entrepreneur?#

Hi Mike,
A good test to assess urself. Scored a decent 94.
But, realised ther r plenty of areas I need to work on.

Patience is one of them! Phewww! :)


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Oct 15, 2009 8:59 pmre: Are You Really Cut Out To Be An Entrepreneur?#

Bhrugu Rao
Hey Michael,
Really nice article. And a very fantastic test. Really made me thinking on my strong points and the weaker ones.

I m 23 year old. Had started a company 5 years back. Too early i guess ;-) so basically being an Entrepreneur i still have many things to learn and develop. thus this test really made me collect some areas to work on. M looking out for book too "Is Self-Employment for You? by Paul Casey". I guess its not available in India. :-(

Neways thanx again.

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Oct 21, 2009 10:05 amre: Are You Really Cut Out To Be An Entrepreneur?#

Samuel Jacob
Thanks for sharing the test Michael. Of course, first question could be "Are you honest with yourself?" :-))

Based on my experience, I could think of one more question that can possibly be added to the list which is: "Are you tenacious?" or it could also be "Are you persistent?" This in places like India is very useful quality for entrepeneur to have.

warm regds

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Nov 02, 2009 9:14 amre: re: Are You Really Cut Out To Be An Entrepreneur?#

Vikash Pillay
Hi Micheal,

Cool!..Scored 97

It gives us different view of ourselves if we want to be entrepreneurs,what to expect and how to deal with it.

My opinion is whatever you want to do,just apply common sense and action!


Best regards,

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Dec 29, 2009 7:27 amre: Are You Really Cut Out To Be An Entrepreneur?#

PS Consulting
Great quiz Michael,

I am also planning to start by own business in about a month or so and "am i the cut out to be an entrepreneur" was a question I asked myself several times a day and this quiz came as an eye opener

I scored 81 and this highlighted the areas I need to work on and has also motivated me!!

I would be really grateful f you could share more of such quizzes or resources.

Thanks a lot.

Have a great day!!!

Surabhi Joshi
AquSag Technologies India

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Dec 29, 2009 4:29 pmre: re: Are You Really Cut Out To Be An Entrepreneur?#

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Jan 18, 2010 4:23 pmRe: Are You Really Cut Out To Be An Entrepreneur?#

Teddy Towncrier

Hi folks.

It matters not a whit whether or not one is cut out for business

The only thing that matters is the fire in our belly and:   "How can I"? .... and then pursue all resources to help us get there and avoid like the plague, everything that doesn't.

The paralysis of analysis is a bigger dream killer than your brother in law can ever imagine.

If the dream is big enough;  The facts don't count!  More.


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Jan 18, 2010 5:10 pmre: Re: Are You Really Cut Out To Be An Entrepreneur?#

John Snyder
Teddy, I couldn't agree with you more!
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Feb 19, 2010 5:52 pmre: re: re: re: re: Re: Are You Really Cut Out To Be An Entrepreneur?#

Gillian Linge
Having owned my own three businesses for over 29years and weathering all storms, I am trying to work from home if financially possible. Since I started, I am doing ok, but not a fortune, enough if I was a work at home mom, but not with my mortgages and outgoings.
This week One of our dearest friends was killed in a motorway accident, he has a severely disabled daughter, a wife, son and heavy mortgage. Little insurance and his wife is at her wits end, wondering how to cope without him.
Today is my birthday. I planned on having the day off with my grandaughter, My staff could not get to work because of the snow, so I ended up giving my daughter the day off to care for my grandaughter, and running the shop, fishery and snack bar on my own. I finished at 5.15, came home and I now have to cook for 7 people. I received a call from I won't say who. about taking part in a training excersize helping me to become a millionaire. I politely asked if I could call back or could they call me another time. I was cold, wet tired, upset and still with work in front of me. The comment I got was if you cannot find the time to talk NOW then you are not the person we want in our team. FINE excuse me! Maybe I do not want to be in YOUR team, Maybe you won't care enough about me! Maybe it will take me longer to become a dot com millionaire. Quite frankly right now, I do Not care!

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Apr 06, 2010 7:28 pmAre You Really Cut Out To Be An Entrepreneur?#

Judy Nowakowski
I scored 113. I might of been higher but i was iffy on some questions. I probably challenged my abilities. I been working for myself all my life. The only jobs I actually stuck with was the ones where I ran the show. Started flea marketing and selling with my parents at the flea markets. I made my own jewelry and sold it at the market. As I got older and going to college I did home party plans and door to door Avon. I have always had that entrepreneur spirit.

It worked out good for myself and my husband when the economy got real bad in Michigan. My husband lost his job two years ago. His job was independent contractor so there was no unemployment to live on. He learned he could work at home with me. We offer web hosting, web design, advertising specialties, network advertising, and social media advertising. Yes, I still go flea marketing in the summer. If we didn't have our own businesses before the crisis happened a few years ago, I truely believe we would be in a homeless shelter. We not rich but we get by and we not in a shelter with nothing. We appreciate what we do have.

I looked in the paper the other day the town Greenville 10,000+ people in central michigan not far from Grand Rapids had one job in the paper...Avon Rep. I already done that in the past. Not even hiring nurses right now...that was amazing!

thanks for the test it was interesting

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Apr 14, 2010 5:28 pm117/retake/YOUR turn/Re: Are You Really Cut Out To Be An Entrepreneur?#

Paul Finkelstein

just retook. I took the test nice and S L O W and answered each ques as truthfully as possible!
go ahead, scroll back to the TOP of this topic and click the link for the ENTREPRENEUR exam too!
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May 03, 2010 10:53 amre: re: re: re: re: re: re: Re: Are You Really Cut Out To Be An Entrepreneur?#

Josh Matthew
Each one of us is different hence everyone can’t be an entrepreneur. This quiz is a great tool to know whether an individual can be a good entrepreneur or not :)

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May 05, 2010 12:54 amre: re: Are You Really Cut Out To Be An Entrepreneur?#

James Washington
Hey Scott:

I scored a 111 then read the scale and recounted, my math was accurate. Sounds good however my sense of practicality makes me feel like I should reassess the questions and adjust some of the scores downward.

- James

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Paul Finkelstein

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