Why Smart People Make Bad Entrepreneurs

Here is the reason why smart people make bad entrepreneurs and better employees: smart people are too smart for themselves.

Let me explain.

If you’re smart , then you’re really good at two things…

#1. You’re great at coming up with out of the box ideas.

One of the great things about smart people, is that they tend to be great idea generators.  They think possibilities not probabilities.

If you’re going to be an entrepreneur, you want to continually stretch what you think is possible and live outside the box of what you think is possible.

Creative people are good at thinking outside of the box.  If you get ideas that inspire you and regardless of what others think, you put them into action, then you have a recipe for creating success.  You will eventually get where you want to go.

But that’s not the only thing that creative people do.

Sure, they come up with great inventive and innovative ideas.  They can easily think outside the box.

The problem is the second thing that creative people do.

#2 Creative people tend not to act outside of the box of possibility.

Creative people are so creative and innovative that while they do think outside of the box, they do not act outside of the box of possibility.  Why?   Because their creativity also works in reverse.

If you’re creative then you have come up against this before.  You’re great at coming up with ideas and dreaming about possibilities, but as soon as you think about taking action outside of the box of possibility, your fears kick in.  And what’s worse is that your unconscious mind will come up with thousands of reasons why you should not take action on your idea.

It’s creativity working in reverse… and no action = no results.

So the reason why smart, well meaning and creative people tend to make bad entrepreneurs is because they can easily talk themselves out of the very ideas they have come up with when their fears kick in.   Instead of focusing on the possibilities, they envision the worst case scenarios.  And those scary images keep them stuck

The key to embracing your creative genius and still gaining momentum towards your bigger vision is this: You want to embrace the part of you that stretches and thinks of possibilities and let go of the part of you that is afraid of moving forward.  Once you do that, the possibilities and your belief in those possibilities holds strong so you can get into action to make it happen.

You can learn more here: 7 Symptoms of Limiting Beliefs

Steve, acting outside the box of possibility.


  • David

    Reply Reply March 11, 2013

    Totally spot on…this is exactly my problem and I noticed it. This article confirms my procrastination and fear, I am very, very, very kreative, (see with a ‘k’..lol) and your point about creativity working in reverse was eye opening. I am going to go forward in stretching the possibilities of success and my future endeavors.

    Steve, you and your website are a great asset to society. I couldn’t thank you enough!

    Thank you,


  • Steve

    Reply Reply March 12, 2013

    Hey David… glad to hear it! Go get-em!

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