When people talk about entrepreneurship there is much talk of qualities such as creativity, inquisitiveness and hard work. Indeed, all of those are important for the budding entrepreneur, whether as a business owner or when working for an employer.
To this mix you can also add the lack of fear of failure, the willingness to overcome set backs, commitment and opportunity. All of these things are likely to make your work or play much more fulfilling.
But to really reach the heights you need to be yourself and not what others want you to be. If you plod on through academia because mum or dad want you to have a degree you will not enjoy the process, nor will you feel the sense of achievement.
If you play a sport or a musical instrument because that is what others want you to do or because that was what parents did then you may well become proficient but you will never gain pleasure from it.
If you do things because your peers expect you to them they will get the pleasure of your company and a feeling of accomplishment, but you will simply feel that you have fulfilled your duty.
For true satisfaction in this world you need to be you. You need to identify what it is that fires you up. In other words you need to find your passion. Only you can define that passion, but unless you find it you will waste much of your life not gaining the extreme pleasure of fulfilling it.
Terry Pratchett paraphrased a well known saying when he quoted ' Build a man a fire and he will be warm for a day.Set a man on fire and he will be warm for the rest of his life.'
The only certainty is that we have this one life. We should not waste it by letting others live their lives through us. We should fight with all we have to unleash that passion which dwells within us but which conformity may try and suppress.
Whether as an entrepreneur in your own business or working for someone else you need to show them the real you. You and them deserve nothing less.
As Confucius said 'Choose a job you love and you will never have to work a day in your life"!