You Shouldn’t Be An Entrepreneur

October 8, 2018 - 11 Comments

​"If you don't build your dream... someone will hire you to help build theirs." /Tony Gaskins/

We don't think so. 

Here's what we think: If you agree with the quote above, you're never gonna be a successful entrepreneur.

In today's episode, we continue the gentle but kind discouragement we started last time and discuss all the reasons why running your own business might not be your path after all. 

Being an employee, an entrepreneur, a freelancer or an intrapreneur can be equally cool depending on your character. With this episode, we help you find the right alternative - or further confirm that you were born to be an entrepreneur. 

Listen in before you quit that dreadful nine-to-five.


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Episode Transcript

What You'll Discover in this Episode:

  • Maybe you shouldn't be an entrepreneur? This path might be different than what you think - and you could be worse off
  • Your business won't survive without the people who work for you. How to avoid turning into the boss you ran away from? 
  • The 2018 problem: are you a failure if you're not entrepreneurial? Can you "make it in life" if you never build your own business? 
  • Find out if you want to become an entrepreneur for the right reasons, and what you can do if you already started a business but you hate it. 
  • Do you have the most important personality traits to build your own business? Do you love stress, putting out fires, challenging yourself even if you fail all the time - or you prefer to do what you're passionate about and always be paid for it at the end of the month?
  • The truth behind the "Four-Hour Workweek" and the "Do what you love" quotes.
  • Having a shitty job is not your only alternative. Find out how you can enjoy the benefits of being an entrepreneur without having to become one.
  • How to land a job you will love.
  • How to give more value to the world than your previous employers if you decide to choose the entrepreneur life? 


Screw the 9 to 5? 

Our goal with this episode wasn't to tell you which is better - working for yourself or working for someone else.

We wanted to give you a more accurate, expectations vs. reality type job description of being an entrepreneur, and make you aware that it's not always the best way to build your dream, have the freedom you want, make an impact, work from a hammock -  and all the other bullshit motivational speakers say to get you to join their MLM system.

Do you currently have a job, or you're working on your own business? Maybe both? Can you resonate with the points we made in this episode? 

Let us know in the comments below!

As always, we want your feedback, questions, tips and stories. You can leave them in the comments section or leave us a voice message by hitting the "Start recording" button below:

See you soon with another episode!

About ​Alexandra Kozma

Alexandra is a traveling marketer. When she is not editing podcast episodes or writing blog posts, she's out there exploring a new city. She's the creator of the Morning Mindset daily mindfulness journal.

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  • Love this – too many people want to be the boss but don’t know how to be a boss. Also, if they can’t handle being employed, being their own boss may be really hard for them. Love that you’re talking my kinda sense (as always)

    • Thank you for your comment, Sarah! Indeed, being your own boss is incredibly difficult. I think it’s often overlooked and understated that you can find yourself in the tyranny of the gig-economy and your own poor management, after escaping the tyranny of the 9-to-5.

  • Gary Elley says:

    Just wanted to say thanks for providing an mp3 download link. Too few podcasts do this and it drives me nuts. I listen to your great advice while out running and a small, light mp3 player is way more preferable to a big, heavy phone for that purpose. So thanks again.

    • Yes, thank you!! I don’t use a podcast app, so it’s really appreciated.

  • I love this episode! Thank you, Shane and Hanne, for breaking down the hype once again. I am in the midst of making big decisions in this regard — whether to continue pursuing solo-preneurship or get a full-time job. Thank you for saying both can be great options. I love the thoughtful commentary on the concept that there are many ways to find fulfillment, make a contribution, and make a good living.

  • Thanks Shane and Hanne for tackling should interesting and valuable topics. I wish someone had told me this 20 years ago. It would have save lots of stress and frustration.

  • The definition of an Entrepreneur is “a person who organizes and operates a business or businesses, taking on greater than normal financial risks in order to do so”.

    So unless one is prepared to have less income, more expenses and commitment to stay the course for whatever time it takes to build, you should think it over very carefully before starting.

    Statistics tell us that most small businesses go out of business within 5 years. If you search the internet for some who started back in 2013, like me, you might find that they are no longer around. (a good reason to always update your links).

    I hope my attention to detail doesn’t get me into trouble, but could you please update your copyright date (currently 2013). It’s one of my “hot buttons” and an area I check and I believe Google also does, to determine active websites.

    I am self-taught and love it…probably because I like change, most people do not. Learning new things keeps this baby boomer mentally active.

    Great podcast. Thanks Much!

    • Thank you for your comment, Linda!

      I agree with your thoughts on this and I’m happy to see you liked the episode. :)

      And thanks for pointing out the copyright thing. Fixing it right away. :)

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