Are You a Wantrepreneur?

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Let me ask you a question: Are you a wantrepreneur?

A wantrepreneur is someone who longs to be his or her own boss.  Does that describe you?

Here are some of the key characteristics of a wantrepreneur:

  • The corporate world is uncomfortable and unfulfilling, but you keep playing the role of a wage slave.
  • An aspect of your job (or your lack of a job) is keeping you from pursuing your dreams (typically, this challenge is related to capital, or an “important” benefit such as retirement savings or health insurance)
  • Your clever idea isn’t really all that clever. Or, you don’t have a clever idea – but you’d like an escape strategy.
  • Decorating your cubicle is important to you, but you think there might be something more.

Chris Westfall, Executive coachThe truth of the matter is that entrepreneurship, like leadership, motivation and “being sexy”, is something we all probably want, but do we really know what the hell it is? Or how to do “it” – since it’s often undefined, and always addressed on an individual basis?

Being a wantrepreneur implies that you want to be someone other than who you are now.

In other words, you seek some form of transformation. For many, that transformation must come from external sources.

But what if the antidote to being a wantrepreneur… is inside of you already?

Let’s face it: if you’re clear about who you are, you don’t “wantrapren-anything” anymore. (Is that even a word?) Let me rephrase:

When your path doesn’t really reflect who you are, and what you want to do, your story is out of sync. When your story is out of sync, others don’t know how to treat you, how to pay you, how to buy from you or, quite frankly, what to do with you.

Are you picking up what I’m laying down?

When you change your story, you change your results. Many people think that means that you must create a fictional story of who you are (or what you can put up with) in order to succeed. “Fake it till you make it” is a slogan, not a solution. And it’s the exact opposite of authenticity.

For my clients, there’s never a one-size-fits-all answer. For some, entrepreneurship is the path. For others, the corporate world offers what they need. Ultimately, as a coach, I help people to be who they already are – even if they don’t know it yet.

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