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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.

By Karen E. Spaeder

Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own.

I think I've had at least a thousand different businessideas in my lifetime so far. From simple products to complexbusinesses, I've thought of it all. Of course none of theseideas has come to fruition. And it's not because I'm lazyor unmotivated; it's because I know how hard it is to turn anidea into a business.

Being an entrepreneur is just plain hard work. There are no twoways about it. And anyone who tells you otherwise is probablyselling something. There are ways to make it easier, of course; ifyou have good financial backing and a thoroughly researchedbusiness concept, for instance, you are far better off than theperson who puts every last dime of savings into an idea that hasnot been researched one iota. But all in all, entrepreneurship isnot easy.

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