In a word? Yes. In several? It depends. But mostly on just two things: ambition and commitment. Allow me to explain. When I was working in Management Consulting and dreaming non-stop about starting my own creative business, I knew I had the right concept to eventually get my business ideas to become profitable but I didn’t know if I had WHAT IT TAKES (meaning the fabled entrepreneurial grit)! Because, to be honest, it takes a different level of ambition and commitment to be successful working for the man than it does for yourself.
And I can tell you now – 4 years into this venture – I have NEVER worked for a boss as tough as myself! (And if you doubt that, ask my husband.)
I knew I had loads of grit, but was it the kind that just showed up when I was plugged into a professional environment with real commitments, expectations and repercussions…? Or was it the more on-demand sort?
I was mostly unsure about my ability to be a successful entrepreneur as I had never ventured beyond the mystical curtain that for me represented precious freedom (both time and financial) and a chance to test my own entrepreneurial grit.
And with most things in life; once I left my job and finally pulled back that curtain for myself I found things were waaay more difficult than I had counted on!