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You Know You're an Entrepreneur If...

Are you really living the entrepreneurial life? Here are a few ways to know for sure.

Making money is serious business... until, of course, it's not.

Entrepreneurs should be able to take themselves a lot less seriously than their businesses; that's the assumption of Kirchner Private Capital Group, a traditional merchant bank for early and mid-market companies.

So they put together a short humor book, How Do You Know... If You are an Entrepreneur?, with one-liners and illustrations you can use to determine whether you've truly lived the entrepreneurial life.

Below are some of my favorites. You know you're an entrepreneur if:

  • Your kids report their academic performance to you on a grades versus forecast basis
  • When someone says, "Good question," you know they don't have a clue what the answer might be
  • Most of the experience you've gained came right after you needed it
  • Two steps forward, one step backward is a great day
  • Most of your daily calories come from eating humble pie
  • You look for pessimists to borrow money from... since they are less likely to expect to get it back
  • You consider Red Bull a corporate sponsor
  • Being disruptive sounds like a good thing
  • You feel well paid... until you calculate it on an hourly basis
  • Your child thinks heaven must be a very rich place because angels give you money

It's a fun little book, one that also makes KPCG sounds like a fun place to work. Proceeds go to the Christopher Douglas Hidden Angel Foundation, an organization dedicated to helping enrich the lives of people with cognitive, emotional, and physical challenges.

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Last updated: Jun 26, 2012

JEFF HADEN | Columnist

Jeff Haden learned much of what he knows about business and technology as he worked his way up in the manufacturing industry. Everything else he picks up from ghostwriting books for some of the smartest leaders he knows in business.

The opinions expressed here by Inc.com columnists are their own, not those of Inc.com.



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