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Just as you can’t judge a book by its cover, you can’t judge an entrepreneur by  his/her desk. Or can you?

Standing desk, traditional wood-trimmed table, lap-desk, or a makeshift corner of a dining table, the desk is an entrepreneur’s kingdom.  Key characteristics of the desk can tell a lot about the type of entrepreneur and the type of work being done.

Clutter

A meticulously clean desk may indicate a a deeply-entrenched entrepreneur, and perhaps someone who must think logically about their business.  A cluttered desk may indicate more creativity and divergent thinking.  Here are some more details about the nuances between clean and messy desks.

Stuff

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The daily work of an entrepreneur is timely, pressing, and relevant. The daily work of a wantrepreneur, on the other hand, is superficial, distracting, and fleeting.  For example:

1. Other work – the wantrepreneur probably has a day job or is keeping his/her options open.  A resume, a “day job” laptop, and the job postings section may be tell-tale signs.

2. Motivational propaganda – many entrepreneurs have a guru or a mentor, but only wantrepreneurs surround themselves with the books, audio, video they think will make them then entrepreneur they want to be.

3. To do lists – the wantrepreneur will add in unnecessary non-business related items just to make the to do list seem longer – e.g. doing the laundry, going to the bathroom, etc.

So what type of desk do you have? And is there room for improvement? Let us know in the comments below.

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