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The Most Widely Misunderstood aspects of Entrepreneurship

There is no single path to success. There is never only one way to do it!


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3 years ago | 2 min read

Have you ever played a sport or a game when you were having so much fun, that you wanted to get everyone else in on the fun too? That’s how I think about entrepreneurship. It’s fun! That is a misunderstood aspect. I want all my friends to experience entrepreneurship.

There are so many I don’t know where to begin. First, regardless of what you read here or in any book, there is no single path to success. There is no one way to do it. Some entrepreneurs don’t think about culture, others think it’s the most critical thing ever.

Education, background, family money, all of the stereotypes you read here are only generalizations. I started with nothing and there is nothing special about me. So did millions of others. Some have family money, but that may not make them successful either.

Most entrepreneurs don’t think about being entrepreneurs. They just pursue something that interests them that happens to be a business. None of the books you read are going to change your character, and becoming something better in yourself takes practice like anything else.

Entrepreneurs just fly off a cliff because what matters to them is that they believe they know how to fly, so they just fly. They don’t stop and read a book first. They just get out there and make it happen.

I wanted to pursue a business idea. I never once sat down and thought, gee, I want to be an entrepreneur. In fact, I didn’t think the term applied to me until years later. People who do things, who get the work done, don’t think about their disadvantages, they think about what they can do with what they have and they make stuff happen.

Don’t question if you’re qualified or not, just go build something great if you want to do it. If there is a downside to Quora is that there are way too many people pondering starting something and not enough getting out there and doing it.

As for what was misunderstood, yet it was crazy-long-hours, but I never ever thought of it as work. Some of the most fun times I had were when we’d work all night to get a proposal out by morning. It was those times when we did the extraordinary that we all felt like we were doing something amazing, and it now makes for wonderful memories. To someone else, it sounds like hard work. For us it was a group of us having fun.

Building a new company is a lot of fun. It’s not drudgery, it’s exhilarating, and at times disappointing, but in the end I love the adventure, and I love seeing others undertake the same journey.

This article was originally published at Quora and was written by Tom Nault.

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