Do You Have What It Takes?

Starting a business is risky at best; but your
chances of succeeding will be improved if you
understand the problems you’re likely to en-
counter, and have them worked out before you
start. The first question you need to answer
is about yourself: do you have what it takes?
The following questions will help you evaluate
your qualifications.

1. Are you a self-starter?
* I do things on my own. Nobody has to tell me
what to do.
* If someone gets me started, I follow through
well enough.
* Easy does it. I don’t put myself out until I
have to.

2. How do you feel about other people?
* I like people, and can get along with just
about anyone.
* I have plenty of friends; I don’t need any-
one else.
* Most people irritate me.

3. Can you lead others?
* I can get most people to go along when I in-
itiate something.
* I can give the orders if someone tells me what
we should do.
* I let someone else get things moving, then I
take part if I feel like it.

4. Can you take responsibility?
* I like to take charge of things and see them
* I’ll take over if I have to, but would rather
let someone else be responsible.
* There’s always some eager beaver around want-
ing to show how smart he is. I say let him.

5. How good an organizer are you?
* I like to have a plan before I start. I’m usual-
ly the organizer when the group wants to do some-
* I’m fine unless things get too confusing; then
I quit.
* Something usually occurs that presents too many
problems. So I just take things as they come.

6. How good a worker are you?
* I can stay motivated as long as I need to. I
don’t mind working hard for something I want.
* I’ll work hard for awhile, but when I’ve had
enough, that’s it.
* I can’t see that hard work gets you anywhere.

7. Can you make decisions?
* I can make up my mind in a hurry if I have to.
It usually turns out fine, too.
* If I have to make up my mind quickly, I later
think that I should have decided the other way.
* I don’t like to be the one to decide things.

8. Can people trust what you say?
* You bet they can. I don’t say things I don’t
* I try to be on the level most of the time, but
sometimes I just say what is easiest.
* Why bother with the truth if the other person
doesn’t know the difference?

9. Can you stick with it?
* If I make up my mind to do something, I don’t
let anything get in the way.
* I usually finish what I start — if it goes
* If things don’t go right immediately, I quit.
Why beat my brains out?

10. How good is your health?
* I never run down!
* I have enough energy for most of the things I
want to do.
* I run out of energy sooner than most of my

Total the number of checks you have next to the
first, second and third answers. If most of your
checks are beside the first answer, you probably
have the skills needed to run a business. If not,
you’re likely to encounter more trouble that you
can handle by yourself. It would be advisable to
find a partner who is strong in the areas where
you are weak. If many of your checks are beside
the third answer, even a good partner will not be
able to shore you up.

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