When aspiring professionals ask serial entrepreneurs whether they should start a startup, the general response they get is, “If you can, you should”.
However, this is a biased answer that is backed by subjective experiences.
Here’s how you can tell:
In short, professionals with a strong affinity for their careers will most likely advocate for it. And, asking for advice from such people may not be the best way to find the answer you are looking for.
The answer probably lies in asking an objective observer rather than a missionary of the cause.
These objective observers will provide you with a clear-cut answer on where you lack given their job entails them to rely on objective experiences rather than subjective ones.
So, if you have the question, “Should I start a startup?”, you should probably ask an early-stage investor for direct advice—after all, it is their job to look at founders objectively.
Mind this, they may not be right in discerning you as a startup founder.
However, they will at least provide you with objective metrics as to why they think you’re not ready for building a startup and this is better than the template answer, “If you can, you should.”.
As an objective observer (early-stage investor), here are some of the objective metrics I look at when answering, “Should I start a startup?” that point to an immediate “YES”:
Remember, you can use these objective metrics to pause, self-reflect, work on filling in your gaps and then, start a startup.
Or, you can fill your gaps on the job. No harm done.