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What Do Ya Wanna Be?

Do you have what it takes to be an entrepreneurial superstar?

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This story appears in the April 2001 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

Remember when you dreamed of becoming a rock star? Sure, you played great air guitar in your bedroom, but the fantasy pretty much started and ended there. Now your wanna-be dreams center on becoming a different kind of star: a wealthy entrepreneur with a fast-track tech company that will last longer than the leftovers from the grand-opening party. Frankly, that may be as likely as becoming the warm-up act for Madonna, according to Rob Ryan, founder of Entrepreneur America, a Hamilton, Montana-based business development program for select entrepreneurs, and author of Entre-preneur America: Lessons From Inside Rob Ryan's High -Tech Boot Camp (Harper- Business). He says only a small percentage of aspiring entrepreneurs have the combination of heart and brains so essential for success in the brutal high-tech industry.

Ryan reveals the characteristics of the most common types of wanna-bes:

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