You may be excited by the idea of starting and running your own business. The stories of entrepreneurs who started with little or nothing and became billionaires are intriguing. But this doesn't happen for the majority of entrepreneurs, and many went through great difficulties before starting their businesses. Steve Jobs experienced bouts of failure, and Oprah Winfrey was born into poverty. The encouraging message from this is that anyone can make big things happen, but the question is: Are you up for the challenge?
There are a lot of questions to ask yourself about your approach to situations and your character before you decide to strike out on your own. Some are more obvious and often discussed in this context while others are not as common but equally, if not more, important.