Dear Aunty B,
I am a Gen Y working for a marketing company and have itchy feet. I have only ever lasted in a job for two years before I want another one. I think the answer for me lies in starting my own business. But how do I know if I am an entrepreneur?
Oh, so now entrepreneurship is the Gen Y answer to boredom. Jennifer, maybe you need a shrink, not a business. Why not try this poll? I found it in a book called Entrepreneur… and Beyond, By Alex McMillan.
Test yourself out on this.
|Employee thinking||Entrepreneur thinking|
|I need a monthly salary||I need to make a profit|
|I need good superannuation||I need a capital gain to retire|
|I want a promotion||If you want to get to the top start there|
|Thank God it’s Friday||God is it Friday already?|
|If I qualify I can get a good job||If I set up my own business I can employ well qualified people|
|What do you want me to do||What needs doing?|
|I need a secure job||I want to be financially free|
|I look forward to retiring at 65||I never want to retire but I will be able to soon|
|I want high status||I want to control my own destiny|
|I want to stay on the boss’s good side||I want to control my own destiny|
|I like to keep to my strength area||I need creativity and variety|
|I want a better job||I have a dream|
|I want to keep to my area of strength||I need creativity and variety|
And here are a few of my own
|I love getting a pay rise||I love promoting people|
|I have done my best||How do I do better?|
|I leave at 5||I never really leave work|
|I need a fixed income||I can live with great financial uncertainty|
|I hate my job||I love my life|
Can the Smart Community offer Jennifer any more thoughts? What is the difference between the mindset of an employee and an employer?