So, You Wanna Be An Entrepreneur…

Gary Vaynerchuk
Feb 12, 2015 · 2 min read

If you’re here, it means you want to be an entrepreneur, right? That’s what the very title implied.

Well, you can’t. Sorry.

Confused? Maybe I’m not being clear. You can’t want to be an entrepreneur. Either you are, or you aren’t. Get it?

The best way to become something is to do something.

First: wanting to be an entrepreneur and actually being an entrepreneur are two very different things. You might aspire to be one, but until you start to actually do the work, you’re not one. The best way to become something is to do something. Sell, sell, sell. Understand what it takes to provide value to somebody. Learn how to communicate your value proposition enough so that it registers with your ‘customer’, allowing for you to accomplish what you’ve set out to do.

Put yourself in the position to win.

If I were still an aspiring entrepreneur, I would go out and hustle my face off in any way possible. Find mentors. Go work for free and under people that can show you the ropes and serve as that point of contact when you need it. Learn the hustle and taste the game. Put yourself in the position to win. You can read as many books as you’d like, but they’re not going to make you an entrepreneur. The only way to become something is through doing.

And by the way, this applies to all sorts of aspirations someone might have. If you want to be an artist, make art. Stop saying you want to do it and make the work happen. Want to open a pizza place? Great. Figure out exactly what you need to do that and then start on those steps immediately. Stop waiting for defining moments or for Mashable to magically write about your app. Do the hard work.

Bottom line is this: start hustling. Start doing whatever it takes. Even if that means selling the very shirt off your back.

Thanks for reading! If your Facebook feed is clogged with friends pitching their new startups, you owe it to them to share this out.

    Gary Vaynerchuk

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    Family first! But after that, businessman. CEO of @vaynermedia. Host of #DailyVee & The #AskGaryVee Show. A dude who loves The Hustle @Winelibrary & the @NYJets