Career Satisfaction Scale

Born to be an Entrepreneur

Find out whether you have the personality and behaviors of a born entrepreneur

Have you ever met someone and heard stories about their life that made you think, “wow, she is meant to be an entrepreneur!” There are signs of entrepreneurship that can begin early in life and develop up until the present. If you possess many of these traits, it is likely that entrepreneurship is a good match for you and that if you do not pursue some form of entrepreneurial venture, you may feel incomplete.

This assessment measures those innate personality characteristics that indicate a high likelihood of being a successful entrepreneur. It uses a lifespan approach to look for signs of being destined for entrepreneurship throughout one’s life.

Please complete all items. Rate each item on a scale of 1-5. Please choose one number and do not write a decimal, such as 3.5. Select the answer that best represents your feelings, thoughts, and behaviors regarding entrepreneurship. Choose how true each statement is for you.oose how true each statement is for you.

1. I remember coming up with many “business plans” when I was a child and teenager, from selling cookies to lemonade to other products.

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2. I often think about how I love (or would love) being my own boss and being responsible for my own successes or failures.

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3. Others have told me that I have a high degree of risk tolerance, that is, I can not only tolerate risk, but I also enjoy some degree of risk in my career.

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4. 4. I am a person who has always been attracted to the idea of creating a business and dedicating my career to growing a company.

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5. 5. Ever since I was young, I have always dreamed of running my own company.

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6. I find it difficult to work for someone else because I am so independent and always have creative ideas that I want to implement.

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7. 7. I do not typically long for a stable and consistent job.

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8. My parents or teachers used to introduce me to people by using terms such as “the little entrepreneur.”

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9. When I was in grade school or high school, I started at least one mini-business based out of my parents’ home.

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10. I enjoy being extroverted and building relationships with many people who are potential business partners or alliances.

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11. My siblings or other relatives noticed my capitalist tendencies when I was younger-- if there was something to be sold, I tried to sell it.
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12. I have always been really interested in hearing the stories of highly successful businesspeople including how they came to be so successful.

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13. In high school or college, I took several classes in entrepreneurial studies or I took classes with the specific thought in mind about how they could benefit my future business.

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14. I remember some key moments in my youth when I became excited about the idea of being an entrepreneur.

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15. I have never been able to feel satisfied without having my own business or some form of entrepreneurship.

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16. People have frequently told me things like, “that is such a great business idea, you should really do that!”

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17. When I think about not being able to pursue my business ideas at any point in time, I think I would never be happy if I could not.

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18. It is typical for me to think that I naturally have what it takes to be a successful entrepreneur.

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19. I can see traces of business savvy and interest dating back to my youth.

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20. My parents have many interesting and sometimes funny stories to tell about my childhood entrepreneurship ventures.

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21. When I was in college, I actively sought out internships or other opportunities to talk with and learn from small business owners.

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22. I would be very happy to run my own business and turn some of my small business dreams into reality.

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23. My work associates have told me that I am really best suited to small business ownership because of my skills in coming up with new business ideas and business plans.

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24. I remember a few specific business activities I engaged in during high school or college to make some money and sell a product or service.

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25. I frequently talked with friends about businesses we could start together since I had so many ideas.

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26. I have been told that when I was a young child, I was always seeking out new experiences and activities.

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27. I have always known that I am meant to be an entrepreneur at some point in my life.

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28. I tend to get enthusiastic and excited whenever I hear small business success stories, especially those where the owner pursued her or his dream to get there.

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29. Over the course of my life, I have always been curious and up for a challenge.

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30. If I had my choice, I would definitely be in my own business, and I have been working hard to make that happen.

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