The differences are not large, but they register: 34 percent of entrepreneurs “worry,” compared with 30 percent of other workers. But 71 percent of the entrepreneurs said they “learned to do something interesting yesterday,” compared with 66 percent of the rest of the working population. Asked if they expected to be “at the top rung of the ladder in five years,” 30 percent of the entrepreneurs agreed, compared with 25 percent of the rest.
“The same intellectual curiosity and energy needed to start and run a business may also drive entrepreneurs to seek out and take advantage of opportunities to learn or do something interesting or exciting on a regular basis,” Gallup says. “Entrepreneurs also have creative and strategic control of their business and manage their own schedule to execute on their business plan. Thus, they may have more flexibility to pursue interesting and exciting learning opportunities and activities than other workers.”
POLL DU JOUR
• 59 percent of Americans say it’s likely they’ll decrease their spending in restaurants in the next six months.
• 55 percent say it’s likely they’ll reduce spending on entertainment.
• 50 percent say it’s likely they’ll save or invest more money.
• 30 percent say it’s likely they’ll have more money to spend the “way they want.”
• 29 percent are planning a vacation away from home for at least one week.
• 24 percent will buy a new computer, 16 percent will move to a new residence.
• 8 percent will purchase a house or condo, 1 percent will start a new business, 5 percent will buy a boat or recreational vehicle.
Source: A Harris Poll of 2,383 U.S. adults conducted Nov. 14 to 19 and released Friday.
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