Unusual Signs You Are Ready to Leap

Have you wondered if you are ready to start that business you have been mulling over for months? My guess is that a little fear has crept in and that you are trying to apply some logic to your decision.
My Dad used to say that choosing to have a child defies logic. His point was that if you made the Pro/Con list on paper, that the cons would far outweigh the pros if you weighed every line item the same. Choosing to start a company is like choosing to get married or have children–it defies logic. To that end, you may need some assurance that you are not completely crazy.
Here are a few signs that you are ready (the full list is over here at INC.com):
  1. You keep an idea journal and you are past page 2,
  2. You share solutions to perceived problems with everyone to the point of annoying everyone,
  3. You found your tribe of business weirdo’s and they replaced your sports weirdo’s on weekends,
  4. You wake up at 4am thinking about your idea . . . again.

Though these are shared with humor – there is much truth buried in there. Looking for support that you are ready to leap? Sit back and audit your behavior – maybe you already know what to do next.

Speaker, investor, mentor, startup founder. One of 3 or 4 Co-Founders of MapQuest (sold to AOL for $1.2B). Managing Director of $25M Venture Fund in late 90's. CEO, COO or President of various companies ranging from $200k to $20M in size. One of two Managing Directors of The Startup Factory (35 investments across 7 cohorts), founder and MC of the Big Top Reverse Job Fair and national writer and speaker waxing poetic around startups and startup communities. Currently EIR @ Techstars with Brad Feld ~ Startup Communities, to help community leaders around the world grow their startup community.

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