100 Characteristics Indicator for Entrepreneurs

Indicate how true the following statements are about you by placing the corresponding number in the blank by each numbered statement, using the following scale:
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_____ 1 Need to feel a strong sense of control over my own destiny.
_____ 2 Have good health and a high energy level.
_____ 3 Set clear goals which are challenging and obtainable.
_____ 4 Have foresight and commitment to work toward these long-term
future goals.
_____ 5 Have a firm belief in my ability to achieve my goals.
_____ 6 See myself as an overcomer with a high level of tenacity and
_____ 7 Have moderate people skills and communicate well.
_____ 8 Stay relatively cheerful, cooperative, and tactful.
_____ 9 Impose my own standards and compete with myself.
____ 10 Know how to build on successes and learn from failures.
____ 11 Like situations where I can make a measurable impact.
____ 12 Tolerate frustration and ambiguity.
____ 13 Deal successfully with modest to high levels of uncertainty and
job insecurity.
____ 14 Can work on a number of different projects and issues at once.
____ 15 Stay cool under fire and solve problems well under pressure.
____ 16 See myself as fairly original and creative, as well as
analytical and realistic.
____ 17 Seek aid from outside resources as needed.
____ 18 Have the knowledge and/or technical skills in my field for
building a business.
____ 19 Understand the language of business: i.e., the financial, legal
requirements, etc.
____ 20 Have a healthy respect for making and managing money.
____ 21 Have a close family member who has owned his/her own business.
____ 22 Know I can do my work better than anyone else.
____ 23 Tend not to be interested in outside investments over which I
have no control.
____ 24 Have a clear vision — a purpose — a plan to create and
____ 25 Not particularly interested in partnerships.
____ 26 Willing to learn new skills to be more successful.
____ 27 Not especially interested in managing or supervising others.
____ 28 Have a tendency to focus on my own interests and concerns.
____ 29 People tend to label me a workaholic since I appear to have
limited outside interests.
____ 30 Take only calculated risks, though others tend to see me as a
____ 31 Creating/designing a successful business is my major
____ 32 Buying an existing business and building it is a major
motivation for me.
____ 33 Making money is an important measure, but not the only measure,
of my success.
____ 34 The approval of others is not particularly important to me.
____ 35 Fear becoming stale in my work.
____ 36 Making something out of nothing is a major motivation of mine.
____ 37 Primarily motivated to do something very well.
____ 38 Do not fit in a conventional, traditional organization.
____ 39 Have a knack for spotting new ideas, concepts, and coming
____ 40 Constantly aiming higher than where I am currently comfortable.
____ 41 Set realistic, attainable goals for my work.
____ 42 My goals are consistent with my interests, values, motivations,
and skills.
____ 43 Compete with my past achievements rather than with another person.
____ 44 Can delay gratification and work toward distant goals.
____ 45 Can deal with temporary failure and mistakes on my way to my goals.
____ 46 Have a "right" sense of timing, an instinct for the best time to act.
____47 Practice continuous and increasingly ambitious goal-setting.
____48 Have the ego strength to know and admit when I’m wrong.
____49 Consumed by my work since I find it stimulating, satisfying,
and revitalizing.
____50 Have high confidence in my abilities and competencies in my
____51 Prepare well and leave little to luck or fate.
____52 Except for business reasons, I am not a joiner by nature.
____53 Have an ego that tells me that "I will do well –"
not "I’m the greatest ever!"
____54 Can master challenges, overcome obstacles, and realize my
____55 Can make a decision and act quickly.
____56 Have difficultly working for others.
____57 Know my weaknesses, and either overcome them or work around
____58 Have faith in my abilities and skills.
____59 See mistakes as temporary barriers and know that I will recover.
____60 Take responsibility for my failures.
____61 Can give great attention to details if it’s critical to my
____62 Can balance facts and intuitive decision-making.
____63 Rely on my hunches and intuition for business decisions.
____64 Can tolerate uncertainty.
____65 Have always liked to make money.
____66 Personal achievement and challenging work have always been
important to me.
____67 If I won the lottery, I would continue to work much as I do
____68 Even when young, I was the leader, in charge, the one in control.
____69 Control over my time and choices is important to me.
____70 Have an instinct and history of turning negative into
____71 Have little patience with game-playing and office politics.
____72 Thrive on responsibility and accountability.
____73 Competitive by nature.
____74 Fear failure, but that doesn’t stop me.
____75 Tend to work at odd hours when the mood hits.
____76 Frequently find it easier to do things myself than to show
____77 Become bored with a profession or business role after about 2
____78 Tend to be a perfectionist in my work product or service.
____79 Use a good idea regardless of its source.
____80 Want to pursue my life in my own way.
____81 See corporate organizational life as restrictive, irrational,
and intrusive.
____82 Want flexibility to set my own pace, schedule, lifestyle, and
work habits.
____83 Hedge my bets.
____84 Willing to lower my standard of living for future opportunity.
____85 Don’t rest on my laurels, but move on to another challenge.
____86 Have sometimes felt displaced, disengaged, or misfit in my work
____87 Had distant relationship with my father.
____88 Mother was dominant but supportive of me.
____89 Labeled non-conforming and rebellious by many others.
____90 Had real problems dealing with authority figures in the
____91 Have no problem doing things differently from others.
____92 Feel as if I "march to a different drummer."
____93 Have felt victimized by a former employer.
____94 Many see me as having a killer instinct.
____95 Feel confident I could succeed in many kinds of businesses.
____96 Rarely trust outside consultants — especially counselors and
____97 My biggest problems relate to personnel.
____98 Don’t do things by the book.
____99 Always feel a need to keep learning.
____100 Have a string realistic, common sense quality.
Range = 100-500. The higher you score on the indicator, the more traits you have in common with entrepreneurs, according to the literature.
Are you currently self-employed? ____YES ____NO
Are you considering it in the future? ____YES ____NO