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chicagoinventor's Avatarg8_badge

Thank you, Jacob.

That’s showing initiative for you.

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carlganio's Avatar

Wow, I thought you were quoting Scripture…I guess you are !

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rockwayheath63's Avatar

Good work JD! Thanks so much

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colleennoonan's Avatar

Very helpful thanks so much Jacob! Wow the info in here is amazing- nice, nice job Roger over all those years!

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davidpope2002's Avatargold

I am with Michael, maybe EN will put this at the top with the other perma-post! Great work Jacob! And to Roger! Thanks!

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williamj's Avatargold

Again, great job Mr. Inventor of the Month. I just caught the “Roger’s lessuns”. LoL

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jdowney9000's Avatargold

Thank you, glad to help. But I must give credit where credit is due.

Roger Brown, thank you for writing and posting all of these articles.

Edison Nation, thank you for maintaining a great forum.

SEARCH BAR, at the top of the screen. Thank you for your help. You are a great feature.

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Hey guys!

This thread is now sticky! Enjoy!

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Hello to all! For clarification as this is now a sticky post, we have changed the title of the thread to “Industry Tips to Inventing”.

Thank you!

Rafael Avila
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jdowney9000's Avatargold

I like it!

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dlovley's Avatargold

Nice list Jacob and very thoughtful of you to assemble.

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Entrepreneur Vs Wantrepreneur
CONTRIBUTOR ‘Entrepreneur Magazine’

FEBRUARY 02, 2015
It seems like everyone is calling themselves an entrepreneur these days, chasing the glory and status of being the next big success story.

The truth of the matter is, there are hundreds and thousands of aspiring entrepreneurs who think they have a winning idea but never manage to put it into action and go on to growing a successful business. I call these people “wantrepreneurs”

There are many key characteristics that separate entrepreneurs from wantrepreneurs, but over the years I’ve realized these are the three most common traits:

1. Passionate about business
You hear so many entrepreneurs say you need to be passionate about the business you’re in but rarely do you hear them say be passionate about business as a whole.

Related: The 6 Scary Truths About Becoming an Entrepreneur

A slight shift in language but a huge difference to how you play the game of business. Those who have achieved success rarely are passionate about one particular industry as much as they are passionate about business.

To grow an idea from conception to a successful, thriving business, you will need to convince investors, customers, partners and employees to believe in you and your vision. If you are not 100 percent convinced and passionate about your product or service, why should anyone else be?

Let me ask you a question: If you had all the money and time in the world would you still be dedicated and driven to grow your business? If the answer to this question is no, then call it quits right now. You will save yourself a lot of time, money and stress.

In my opinion all real entrepreneurs are driven by their passion and love for business, wantrepreneurs are driven by the idea of being an entrepreneur.

2. Take massive action
When it comes down to it, taking action is what really counts. Entrepreneurs take the leap of faith even when their website, prototype or product is not complete.

Related: 15 Signs You’re an Entrepreneur

Don’t worry if you think you’re not ready, you’ll learn more by just doing than what you will ever read in a book. That textbook can’t prepare you for every scenario nor is it catered to your exact goals and vision of what you want.
Real entrepreneurs do what they say they’re going to do; wantrepreneurs talk about it but never really get started.

Don’t let yourself become paralyzed by information, take massive action.

3. Sacrifice
Wantrepreneurs have this idealistic vision of what it is like to be an entrepreneur. They might see it as the quickest way to get rich or the ability to set their own hours and be their own boss and not have to answer to anyone.

But not answering to anyone means you will need to be extremely disciplined and harder on yourself than any boss you’ve ever had in the past. Setting your own hours only means you’ll be pouring in more in the beginning, because you’ll be overflowing with ideas, tasks and projects that need to get done.

On the other hand, successful entrepreneurs use profit as a measuring scale of their own success, know the long hours they need to work to make it happen and understand that the only time you see the word shortcut before success is in the dictionary.

It’s ridiculous the roller coaster of emotions you have to go through in order to start, grow and eventually exit your own business.

You’ll have moments of total despair and frustration where you wonder if you were crazy to even attempt this, but you’ll also have insane highs where you feel like you’re on top of the world.

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This is so painful. I had to force myself to watch it:


I feel it is in category with- (if I could quote the colonel here) “A big ole serving of Harsh-Browns”.

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Roger, I appreciate your realistic approach to inventing. Inventing involves peoples dreams and wallets. Both are very personal topics; and are difficult to discuss. You are brave to do so! More importantly I find your “harsh” lessons to be refreshing. As though I finally found someone who isn’t blowing smoke or belching jealousy.

To invent you must be able to dream. Sometimes dreams distance themselves so far from reality that it becomes physiologically poignant to realistically evaluate them.

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Thank you Roger, we really appreciate your popping in and generously sharing your wealth of knowledge and experience.

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Thanks for bringing this topic back up...I wanted to add it to my bookmarks!!!

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