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What's It Worth to You?

If you want to find out if you're really cut out to be an entrepreneur, look at how hard you're trying to be one.

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This story appears in the July 2002 issue of Teen Startups.

I think I've had at least a thousand different business ideas in my lifetime so far. From simple products to complex businesses, I've thought of it all. Of course none of these ideas has come to fruition. And it's not because I'm lazy or unmotivated; it's because I know how hard it is to turn an idea into a business.

Being an entrepreneur is just plain hard work. There are no two ways about it. And anyone who tells you otherwise is probably selling something. There are ways to make it easier, of course; if you have good financial backing and a thoroughly researched business concept, for instance, you are far better off than the person who puts every last dime of savings into an idea that has not been researched one iota. But all in all, entrepreneurship is not easy.

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