06/22/2015 05:33 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

4 Signs You're a Wannabe Business Owner


Just when I thought I heard it all ...

This whole Rachel Dolezal fiasco is a mess.

The more she opens up her mouth, the nuttier the story gets.

Her parents aren't her "real parents."

Her brother says she's lying.

She says she needed to be a Black woman for the sake of her adopted son.

Amusing, yet sad stuff.

Especially since she clearly is suffering from a serious identity crisis.

It's one thing to say you can relate to the cause or understand the challenges folks are facing.

But someone pretending to be something they're not?

Seems kinda wannabe to me.

And, if you're really down for the cause, you don't have to "fake the funk." You can move mountains just as you are.

Okay, enough Rachel tales.

Let's get down to business and talk about the 4 signs you're a wannabe business owner:

1. You haven't had a single customer

Okay, I get it. It's hard out here for an entrepreneur. But if you've been in business for a year or more and still haven't secured a single client, then you're not a business owner, you're not a business owner ... you're someone with a business idea.

Real Talk: If you have a brilliant idea and no clients, don't beat yourself up. Every successful business started with an idea. You just need to do less thinking and more doing. Jump on out there and start attracting clients. Put up a website, slap on some magnificent copy about your products and services and start selling.

2. You're too afraid to fail

Business owners are risk takers, so if you're afraid to fail, you're way too safe to be a business owner. Steve Jobs, the genius behind the Apple brand, dropped out of college after one semester and wasted millions on business ideas that bombed. Bill Gates' Traf-O-Data idea had gone belly up before he became the richest man in the world. See my point?

Real Talk: Every success book and life coach out there will tell you that failure is a necessary stepping stone toward success. You really can't have one without the other. And they're right.

So if you're too afraid to fail, how in the heck can you expect to strike it rich? Live the life you always wanted?

I'm going to end this one with a quote from Jay Z, the best rapper alive:

"I'm not afraid of dying. I'm afraid of not trying."

*Mic drop*

3. You're a dreamer

I better explain this one - fast. Being a dreamer is a beautiful thing. But if you're dreaming so much that you never, ever take action, then you're not a business owner.

Real Talk: Dreamers live in a constant state of fantasy. The sun shines every day. Rainbows glow in the sky. And then reality kicks in. While you're dreaming, the electricity is off. You're on your last pack of Ramen noodles. And your bank account is on empty.

Yes, you should dream big. But the actual steps you take toward making your dream a reality should be even bigger.

4. You're a serial learner

If you buy every single course, information product, DVD, workshop, webinar series that comes across your computer screen, you're not a business owner. Learning new things and keeping your skills fresh is fantastic.

However, if you have a stack of books, PDFs and course videos that you haven't cracked open in the last six months, what's the point?

Real Talk: There's absolutely no way in hell you can learn everything you need to know before taking action. Because, quite frankly, you don't know what you don't know. So jump out there, approach prospects, attract clients and continue your education from there.

As a new business owner, it's wise to think in terms of money in, money out. Not money out. Money out. Money gone!

Alright, that's my take on wannabe business owners.

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