How I know you are not an entrepreneur
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Nowadays everyone appears to slap the title of entrepreneur on their biography, as if such presumptive association alone would make one instantly belong to a group of gifted people with magic powers. Here is how I know most of you are lying.

1. You are too positive
Entrepreneurialism ready and able to change the world comes from a new normalization of truth proving the existing stance and herd wrong. Hence, the only positivity worth a damn comes from the recognition our manmade concoctions are far from ideal, and upon close observation often erosive to the evolution of mankind. Criticism and dissent, counter to the debilitating pageantry of positivity, is the source of real entrepreneurialism.

2. You look and behave the same
The way you look and behave discloses who you are, before you have even uttered a single word. Conformance to dress codes reveals your innate insecurity, an excessive departure from it may too. For the real entrepreneur expands the fringe of human ingenuity and capacity, with a style and behavior not outlandish, but rather uncomfortably within reach. A fractal of behavioralism of sorts.

3. You care what others think
New normalizations of truth have no precedent, so do not expect the wisdom of foresight to come from or be blessed by the bosom of a herd, happily perpetuating and waddling in the stability of hindsight. You should be comfortable not fitting in, and disdain unquestionable authority, if you were a real entrepreneur.

4. You care what press and analysts think
Press and analysts have their own agenda as purveyors of monetizable interests. They are often the proverbial TV weathermen, not paid or equipped to assess the merit of the bigger picture of climate change. Get used to not being their friend in the beginning, as you slowly turn the earth to come around to you. Ignore them as you are maniacally focused on your customers first.

5. You idiolize celebrity
Foresight that breaks the norm, as the impetus of groundbreaking innovation, has no precedent. Hence the celebrity status of others is not a contribution, but a severe distraction to the unique journey of your own making. Not even a celebrity investor should be your guide, as their job is not to reinvent the world, but to hang on to an entrepreneur who does.

6. You are always in a hurry
You buzz around frantically to raise money, and appear busy and full of energy. I call those people runners, like waiters in a restaurant are busy and take much credit, yet do not make the food worth eating. You are the chef of the restaurant that makes people want to eat there, you hire the busy waitstaff. Or you will become it, soon to drown in downside. Instead, you remain calm and collected in an ocean of frantic madness, with a focus on upside bound to eradicate the madness of endless sub-optimization from the past.

7. You hate change
Intelligence, the way I see it, is the ability to deal with unscripted change. What in your life demonstrates your ability to deal with the sudden change and controversy life brings, and how you managed to stay on tack with your well-founded beliefs intact? Do not tell me you like to travel, as the ruse of your cultural and reinventive simplemindedness.

8. You use buzzwords a lot
Your attempt to raise self-worth and raise money using “the blender theory” reveals how desperate you realy are, how you attempt to conform, and how you do not understand that higher normalizations of truth are not derived from temporal catch-phrases everyone else uses. Create your own instead.

9. You shoot for the moon not realizing it is not a star
Your profound interest in “making” money to serve your personal needs dims the meaningful upside of long to improve the renewability of humanity. It reveals how, like many, you are interested in taking entrepreneurialism for a glorious ride, not quite identical to taking the treacherous road to real stardom. Do your silly thing, but do not attempt to fool me with your kids play.

10 You obey rules, without thinking twice
The validity of many societal rules leaves a lot to be desired. I perform a test with entrepreneurs that questions the logic of stopping for a red light, my questions and your answers revealing without fail the false positives of self-proclaimed entrepreneurialism.

Simply put: not everyone can be entrepreneur, but an entrepreneur can come from anywhere. Make sure you present your best normalization of a higher-order truth wherever you go, as the evidence you are the entrepreneur you say you are.

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