Three years ago I decided to start my own company and operate as a private business owner. Since then I have been researching and studying the mindset of successful entrepreneurs, and what it takes to be one. I have also noticed a trend in the use of the word, often being used synonymously with business owner, or salesperson, neither of which apply. Most people who consider or call themselves entrepreneurs, are not. And although I may fit some people's definition of an entrepreneur, I don’t consider or call myself one, not yet anyway. However, I do try to embody the traits and characteristics that seem to be present and required of entrepreneurs. Below are five factors I have found that prevent most people from ever becoming a successful entrepreneur, let alone attempting to be one in the first place.