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What’s The Difference Between Normal Success & Entrepreneurial Success?

Abhishek Shah
4 min readFeb 10, 2020

Success is a difficult thing to be measured. When it comes to business, what matters most is the quantitative success. Getting high numbers counts for the business to prosper. In reality, no one can define success in definitive terms.

The question arises; how can one understand the difference between a regular success and the success of the entrepreneur.

In different kinds of business lines, you have different ways of measuring success. For example, in sports you have the stars with their records in numbers, the stock market measures a listing with its stock value and so on. In business, it is undoubtedly the profits generated. Defining the success of a job is relatively an easier task than measuring the success of the business.

What you do and how you do it

Doing a great job means hard work, dedication and patience coupled with a successful business entrepreneur who knows the kind of strategy to adopt. The roads taken will be entirely different in case of regular success and the success of the entrepreneur.

Owning up the ship

In a regular pattern, you have a number of people to guide you and roadmap your steps. You always have an option of giving up when things don’t work the way they were planned. On the other hand, the success of an entrepreneur is backed by his own initiatives and choices. If you make the right choices, you have nailed it. A single wrong decision can make it very difficult to undo things. You have to own your proceedings with the outcomes in the venture. That defines a total high in itself when things fall together.

The kind of choices you make

A successful entrepreneur will never make decisions that are good for him. The best choices are the ones made for the clients and the staff. A job always gives you the freedom to choose the best for you in the given alternatives. What is always best for the company may not be the best for you. But you need to keep going regardless.

The journey is all yours

When planning to be an entrepreneur understand that there is no looking back, no votes and anyone else to save you. Climbing up the success ladder in business organizations give you flexibility and power. In case of a self-established business house, all you get is an additional responsibility and treatment like just any employee.

The kind of attention you give

Business demands full attention from an entrepreneur, whether you like it or not. You have to sail through both the success and the failure. Regular success doesn’t give you too much of ownership. The success is relatively collective on the other hand as entrepreneurship is a solo effort.

Expect a windfall

When talking about regular success in a corporate, you can expect risk-free career, promotion, salary hikes and recognition by bosses. When claiming entrepreneurial success, you get a chance to reap profits and be an inspiration for many others.

A simple quote by Tony Gaskins says it all “If you don’t build your dreams someone will hire you to build theirs”. The choice is whether you want to do it for yourself and others or just want to be known to work for others. If you are raring to go, make your mark by creating your own business identity.

Also Read:

  1. Morals of Life: A book on implementing morals and reaching success
  2. Tiny Goals: Small Steps toward BIG Success
  3. Comeback Careers: Rethink, Refresh, Reinvent Your Success — At 40, 50, and Beyond
  4. Silver Spoon: The Imperfect Guide to Success
  5. From Rock Bottom To Much Success

Bonus: What Is God’s Will for My Life?


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Abhishek Shah

Nomad | Early Stage Investor | Wannabe Anthropologist | Technology Evangelist | Curious, Inquisitive & Experimental Entrepreneur