In many ways, entrepreneurship is uncharted territory — and not everyone finds their way.
So when following your passion, some experts say it's more important to know what not to do than to try to recreate another person's path.
Author and entrepreneur Stephanie Synclair ditched a decade-long corporate career in marketing to help other entrepreneurs make something of themselves.
Along the way, Synclair, who runs her own marketing and business consulting firm, learned what separates successful people from the equally bright people who never turn their ideas into reality.
In her tell-all book for entrepreneurs, "Shut Up and Do the Work", Synclair outlines the five types of people who probably won't succeed:
"The Dreamer speaks to the part of us that desires more and knows we can have more," Synclair writes. "The Dreamer has the ability to build a large following with people hanging on to every word. But that is where it stops."
Unless you actually take action and execute on your goals, you'll never be able to follow through on your dreams.
"The Lurker sits back and watches what others do," says Synclair. "They never comment, never participate and certainly never take action."
You'll never be completely ready. If you're waiting for the right time, you may miss your chance. Instead, make a move. Small steps add up.
"A good person at heart, they've simply been bit by the envy bug," she says. "Deep down, this one feels anger toward the success of others."
Jealousy is the enemy of success. If you find yourself envious of someone, use it as motivation: Learn from their success, and then make your own.
"For The Pessimist, it's better to have not tried than to try and fail," she says.
The fear of a failure can paralyze you. Ask yourself: What's the worst that could happen? It's often not as scary as you might imagine.
"Because you judge others, you're fearful others are going to judge you," Synclair says.
We are our own worst enemies. Pursuing a career goal or business venture may actually earn you respect from others.
All is not lost. "People make excuses, but they can also fix their life," Synclair tells CNBC.
"You weren't born into one of the five categories I listed," she writes in her book. "That means you can change your current conditioning."
Figure out what you really enjoy and try to align that passion with your career goals.
Before transitioning to entrepreneurship herself, Synclair didn't think this was possible.
"I thought, in order to get paid, you have your job and then your passion. That's not true," she says. "In all actuality, my job is my passion. I love what I do."
To learn more about "Shut Up and Do the Work", visit Synclair's website.
Video by TJ Fabian