You are the star of any party or get together and people really love you. You are the life of any group. You are popular among all class of friends and you are comfortable with that attention.
Some of your friends have suggested to you that you are not taking “full advantage” of the popularity that you enjoy. You should really be starting something on your own they say.
While you didn’t have any plans of starting your own venture, hearing this idea from your friends over a period of time makes you think again. After a while, you start seriously contemplating starting a company.
Let us analyze this situation a bit.
Ability to gain rapport with all kinds of people is a great asset to have but that is not everything that is required to start a company. It is great that people love around you love you. The next step is to know why they love you.
On a lighter note, this is what a friend of mine says “People love to see a clown in a circus but they won’t go to the circus to see a clown alone”.
It is just not the love but the kind of love that becomes important.
Think about it:
* You love to eat what a particular chef prepares at a restaurant and you are lavish in your praise for his work. However, if the chef comes to you and asks you to back him up to start a new restaurant on his own, you are not sure. You like him as a chef but he has not proven to you as a business person.
* You love a project manager from one of your vendors. He has been working onsite for a while so you get to see him almost daily. You openly tell him about how much you love his work. When he comes to you one day and asks you to back him up to start his own company, you are not sure. You like him as a project manager but he has not proven to you as a business person.
In summary, if you are popular, please enjoy the attention. However, if you are planning to use that as a basis to decide on becoming an entrepreneur, please think again.