If you haven't heard, the concept of an "overnight success" is both a fallacy and a contradiction. The success you see in others is based on quiet work that's been happening in the background, just as the strengths you possess today are based on incremental practice you've implemented over time.

It just doesn't feel like it.

The same is true with entrepreneurship. Unlike some colleagues, I did not set out to own my own business. Instead, I followed my passion - exploring technology, communication and connection - and found my calling taking me to the startup world. But all the incremental steps that allowed me to become an entrepreneur were embedded in the opportunities and, most importantly, the choices I made early on.

Again, it just didn't feel like it.

If you're not sure if you're ready for entrepreneurship, consider these patterns in your life:

1. Negotiating. A lot: Things can't be taken at face value, since, if you are creating something from scratch, it is up to you to establish value. That means discussing and, sometimes, arguing for your place in the world. It gets even more intense as funders, customers and other parties make their own interests very well known.

2. Thriving in limitless situations: The most challenging part about entrepreneurship isn't the changing tides or the money concerns, but working with no boundaries. No one will tell you that you are making the wrong decision - except, perhaps, after your startup goes up in flames. It comes down to having a solid vision and enough ego to know you are going in the right direction without others' approval or insight.

3. The need to create: Some people do not want to make new things, which is absolutely fine. Others, like myself, need to create. I will never be happy in a career that doesn't facilitate new ideas, new risks, and new executions - and even if I did have a traditional job, I'd have a side hustle as rich as my main gig.

Published on: Jun 7, 2016