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>> Are you in touch with what’s happening around you? Can you ride a motorcycle without getting run over? Do you know who owns that vacation house two doors down? Are you aware of the strengths and weaknesses of your co-workers?

>> Can you laugh at yourself? Can you ignore insults? Do you see revenge as a big waste of time and energy? Do you handle threats with poise? Can you go home at the end of the day and not worry?

>> Can you admit when you’re wrong? Can you make a list of your own faults? Can you look from the other person’s point of view? Have you ever said to yourself: “That’s not good enough. I can do better”? Can you change lifelong habits? 

>> Are you self-disciplined? Can you effortlessly say no to alcohol/drugs? Do you burn through money? Can you give up all types of fun—for years if necessary—to build your business?

>> Do you trust your gut instincts? Are you confident you can handle whatever challenges might come? Do you easily and naturally think for yourself? Are you an original?

  >> Are you aware that we all have blind spots? Do you see the value of bouncing ideas off others? Can you spend an hour asking questions and listening? Do you have the patience to let answers come to you?

>> Are you a natural born leader? Are you comfortable saying: “OK, everybody, let’s get back to work.” Will you tell your workers what they don’t want to hear?

If you answered “no” to most of these questions, you may not be ready to start your own business. But, if you still think you’re ready, welcome to the club—misery loves company. (Did you laugh at that joke? If not, I recommend you keep a fully stocked liquor cabinet… better yet, don’t quit your day job.)

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