I was thinking to write top myths about entrepreneur, but looking around, I found one at Forbes which has written it a lot better than I would have.
Forbes has an article “10 Myths About Successful Entrepreneurs — Debunked” which I mostly agree with, except probably for some small details. The one that rings most true to me at this point of time is this: lots of people think entrepreneurs are risk seekers. That can’t be any further than truth. Entrepreneurs are in fact mostly very risk averse. We learn about risks, try to understand the risks, we tolerate, take and minimize certain risks, but we never seek out risks. Instead, we just think a little further and try to avoid risks longer down the road.
The other one I can relate very well is on the financial success. Many people think that financial success if what motivates entrepreneurs. It is not. Most entrepreneurs build business for something else. First for status and bragging rights, then they graduate to change the world. That is fortunate. Because after all, most entrepreneurs don’t succeed financially. For most entrepreneurs, if you count the total hours they spent building business, they would have probably earned more working same hours for others. Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg are exceptions, not the rule.
There are many more interesting entrepreunial myths. Go to Forbes to read it.