The Pivotal Moment: What Turns "Wantrepreneurs" into Entrepreneurs?

Business.com / Strategy / Last Modified: February 22, 2017

It's high time for you to start making things happen. Quit being a "wantrepreneur" and become the entrepreneur that you've always wanted.

“This has to stop!” You keep telling yourself.

“Your work is sucking the life out of you.” Because of how toxic your office is, you can’t help but notice how you’re starting to become bitter about life.

You find yourself getting frustrated even with the smallest of things, and the stress level that you’ve been eating up just grows everyday.

Out of desperation, you came to remember the business idea that you had years ago. Considering how you had analyzed and bullet-proofed this idea in your mind hundreds of times, you are now confident that you have a near 100 percent success rate if you’ll start the business.

After reflecting on the idea of starting a business, an unexplainable energy starts to swell up from within you: hope.

That’s what the energy is. It’s slowly replacing the feeling of helplessness that you’re struggling with right at the moment. The thought of having your own business is slowly empowering you, making you feel that you can finally start to experience the prosperity and success that you’ve been longing for.

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“That’s it!” You say to yourself yet again. “This time, after putting this off for several years now, I’ll really start the business. I’ll move heaven and earth just to get it started. No one’s going to stop me from experiencing the success and growth that I deserve.”

Fast forward to a few years later, you’re still at the same life-sucking-job, dealing with the same despicable boss, and eating the same frustration for years.

Mans feet standing in front of arrows pointing left and right arrows

Sigh…

I’m sorry to be the one to tell you, but you might be a “wantrepreneur”.

Doing a quick Google search on the word “wantrepreneur” will show you Appsumo’s definition of the word.

  • Someone who is gonna start a business.
  • Someone who will find the right idea someday.
  • Someone who wants to act like an entrepreneur.
  • Someone who thinks about starting a business all the time. Yet doesn’t do shit.

Sound familiar?

If you are stuck at being a "wantrepreneur" and are eager to make the shift to becoming a true-blue entrepreneur, then these tips will help you with just that.

1. Take Action

You have ideas. Sure. But so do the millions of other people who are frustrated with their lives because they are still running the corporate rat race.

The thing with ideas is they are just that, ideas. If you don’t take the initiative to take action, you’ll never get anything done.

You’ll never achieve the level of success that you’re looking for, and you’ll probably live a life of regret in the future because of all the, “What if's” that you’d ask yourself.

Look. You are already frustrated with the kind of life that you have. And if you don’t act, then you’ll always be where you are, which is a place where you don’t want to be.

If you’ll take action, however, you might get the results that you’re looking for in your first try. If you don’t, then learn from it and try again. Once you’ve mustered enough know-how, connections, discipline and the system that you need to get things sorted out, you are bound to be successful one way or the other.

Taking action results to movement (literally and figuratively). If you don’t like where you are right now, which is being a wantrepreneur, then take action. Trust me, doing so will do you wonders.

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2. Allow Yourself a Bit of Craziness

“The people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world are the ones who do.” - Steve Jobs.

Replace the phrase “the world” with “their world”, and you’ll realize that the statement will be just as true.

If you decide to quit your day job to start a business, you’ll find that several of your workmates will ask, “Are you crazy?”

Don’t worry. Because the truth is, you probably are. And that’s a good thing.

There are those who are satisfied with simply being on the sidelines and are happy with receiving their monthly checks. But you, on the other hand, are a little bit crazy.

You are willing to do the things that others won’t do to achieve your goals.

That little bit of craziness that you possess is what sets you apart from the people who want to stay in their comfort zones, and live mediocre lives. And that same craziness will propel you into taking action, putting you a step closer to your dreams.

For the record, I don’t have anything against people who are working 9-to-5 jobs. I’ve been there and I know that having a job in itself is such a blessing.

If you’re working your dream job, something that you love and are passionate about, then you’re in a very good place.

However, if your work is making you miserable because you feel/know that you are meant to have a business, then you need to read and fully digest what I am saying on this guide. All of this is for you.

3. Map Out a Gameplan to Succeed

Of course, the kind of craziness that I was talking about isn’t the regular “stupid crazy” that most people think of. I’m talking about being crazy enough to pursue your goal of having a business, no matter how challenging it may be, even at the expense of leaving your comfort zone.

Just like in most things, if you really want to become an entrepreneur, you need to have a gameplan. Otherwise, you’ll just end up jumping in blindly which is what being “stupid crazy” is about.

Doing so is an almost sure-fire way of failing in business, or in life.

If you are oblivious about how to start a business, then you can give this guide a closer look. It can give you a bird's-eye-view of how things work. While the guide isn’t the end-all and be-all guide to starting a business, it offers a couple of simple, yet highly actionable tips on what you need to do.

Once you’re in the trenches of starting a business, you’ll soon find out that you’ll end-up constantly changing the gameplan that you established even before you started.

Don’t be frustrated by it.

Remember there’s no way that you could have foreseen everything that was going to happen. Instead of thinking that your plan is ineffective, think of your plan as something that’s constantly evolving.

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4. Unrelenting Commitment to Success

You can bet your family jewels that the road to becoming an entrepreneur is a bloody one.

That’s why others will call you crazy for leaving your comfort zones to pursue having a business.

For you to achieve your goals, you need unrelenting commitment to success. If you’re thinking to yourself, “If this doesn’t work out, I can always go back to my 9-to-5” there’s a good chance that you won’t get that far.

When I first started my online business, the only money I had in the bank was enough to buy a decent computer. At that time, my wife was pregnant and I just knew that the amount I was earning from my day job just wasn’t going to be enough.

It was during these circumstances that I was compelled to really succeed in my endeavor to finding opportunities to earn online.

During the early days in the industry, I knew nothing about making money online. But because of my unrelenting commitment to success, I took it upon myself to work online for about three hours every day, and study the Internet marketing industry for about two hours everyday, after my 9-to-5 job.

As a result, I learned the skills that I needed to make money online, and I ended up earning three to four times more than what I used to from my day job.

Stop giving yourself an excuse to fail by thinking that you can always go back to living a mediocre life. Focus on what’s ahead. Pursue it with all you’ve got.

What’s Next?

Were you a wantrepreneur at one point? What is that one defining moment that caused you to give up on living a mediocre life, and to take action to truly pursue your passion of having a business?

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