Answer each of the following questions by placing an x in the space that best reflects your personal views and attitudes

1. Are you prepared to make sacrifices in your family life and take a cut in pay to succeed in business?    

2. Are you the kind of individual that once you decide to do something you'll do it and nothing can stop you?

3. When you begin a task, do you set clear goals and objectives for yourself?    
4. When faced with a stalemated situation in a group setting, are you usually the one who breaks the logjam and gets the ball rolling?    
5. Do you commonly seek the advice of people who are older and more experienced than you?    
6. Even though people tell you "It can't be done" do you still have to find out for yourself?    
7. When you do a good job, are you satisfied in knowing personally that the job has been done?    
8. Do you feel, "That's just the way things are and there's nothing you can do about it?"    
9. Do you need to know that something has been done successfully before, prior to doing it yourself?    
10. Do you intentionally try to avoid situations where you have to converse with strangers?    
11. Do you need a clear explanation of a task before proceeding with it?    
12. Are you a good loser in competitive activities?    
13. After a severe setback in a project, are you able to pick up the pieces and start over again?    
14. Do you like the feeling of being in charge of other people?    
15. Do you enjoy working on projects which you know will take along time to complete successfully?    
16. Do you consider ethics and honesty to be important ingredients for a successful career in business?    
17. Have you previously been involved in starting things like service clubs, community organizations, charitable fundraising projects, etc.?    
18. Did your parents or grandparents own their own business?    
19. When you think of your future do you ever envision yourself running your own business?    
20. Do you try to do a job better than is expected of you?    
21. Do you make suggestions about how things might be improved at your job?    
22. Are you usually able to come up with more than one way to solve a problem?    
23. Are you between 25-40 years of age?    
24. Do you worry about what others think of you?    
25. Do you read a lot of books, particularly fiction?    
26. Do you take risks for the thrill of it?    
27. Do you find it easy to get others to do something for you?    
28. Has someone in your family shared his or her experience in starting a business with you?    
29. Do you believe in organizing your tasks before getting started?    
30. Do you get sick often?    
31. Do you enjoy doing something just to prove you can?    
32. Have you ever been fired from a job?    
33. Do you find yourself constantly thinking up new ideas?    
34. Do you prefer to let a friend decide on your social activities?    
35. Did you like school?    
36. Were you a very good student?    
37. Did you hang out with a group in high school?    
38. Did you actively participate in school activities or sports?    
39. Do you like to take care of details?    
40. Do you believe there should be security in a job?    
41. Will you deliberately seek a direct confrontation to get needed results?    
42. Were you a firstborn child?    
43. Was your father or another male generally present during your early life at home?    
44. Were you expected to do odd jobs at home before 10 years of age?    
45. Do you get bored easily?    
46. Are you sometimes boastful about your accomplishments?    
47. Can you concentrate on one subject for extended periods of time?    
48. Do you, on occasion, need pep talk from others to keep you going?    
49. Do you find unexpected energy resources as you tackle thing you like?    
50. Does personal satisfaction mean more to you than having money to spend on yourself?    
51. Do you enjoy socializing regularly?    
52. Have you ever deliberately exceeded your authority at work?    
53. Do you try to find the benefits in a bad situation?    
54. Do you blame others when something goes wrong?    
55. Do you enjoy tackling a task without knowing all the potential problems?    
56. Do you persist when others tell you it can't be done?    
57. Do you take rejection personally?    
59. Do you believe you generally have a lot of good luck that explains your successes?    
60. Do you enjoy being able to make your own decisions on the job?    
61. Do you wake up happy most of the time?    
62. Can you accept failure without admitting defeat?    
63. Do you have a savings account and other personal investments?    
64. Do you believe that entrepreneurs take a huge risk?    
65. Do you feel that successful entrepreneurs must have advance college degrees?    
66. Do you strive to use past mistakes as a learning process?    
67. Are you more people-oriented than goal-oriented?    
68. Do you find that answers to problems come to you out of nowhere?    
69. Do you enjoy finding an answer to a frustrating problem?    
70. Do you prefer to be a loner when making a final decision?    
71. Do your conversations discuss people more than events or ideas?    
72. Do you feel good about yourself in spite of criticism by others?    
73. Do you sleep as little as possible?    
74. Did you ever have a small business of your own while in school?    


The quiz does not predict or determine success or failure. If you have answered honestly, it provides insight into whether you have the attitudes, lifestyle and behavioural patterns consistent with successful entrepreneurship.

Indicate the total number of questions for which you gave the most desireable response on the scale below:




RARELY OR NO 30, 36, 37, 43
MOSTLY YES 17, 18, 23, 28, 32, 35, 28, 42 ,44 ,74


RARELY OR NO 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 14, 24, 39, 40, 48, 54, 57, 64, 65
MOSTLY YES 2, 4, 5, 6, 7, 13, 16, 20, 21, 22, 26, 27, 29, 31, 33, 41, 45, 46, 47, 49, 50, 52, 53, 55, 56, 58, 60, 61, 62, 66, 68, 69


RARELY OR NO 25, 34, 51, 67, 71
MOSTLY YES 1, 3, 15, 19, 59, 63, 70, 72, 73

*Quiz from Judy Balogh et al., Beyond a Dream: An Instructor's Guide for Small Business

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