What is an entrepreneur? Who is an entrepreneur? Can I even pronounce it properly?
If you’re like me, I didn’t know the real meaning behind what it means to be an entrepreneur and like most, I didn’t think the meaning of the word was all that important. I assumed an entrepreneur was just someone who started businesses. WRONG. Entrepreneur is actually defined as: a person who organizes and operates a business or businesses, taking on greater than normal financial risks in order to do so.
Huh. Wait a second? I was actually pretty close to the definition in my assumption of what an entrepreneur was. The key point here is that this word, although defined rather shortly and focused on someone who organizes and operates a business, is under defined in my opinion.
Yes, entrepreneurs can be those who start another nail salon or restaurant, etc. (and absolutely nothing against those entrepreneurs!) and that is what most people think of when they think of entrepreneurship. However, I would argue that entrepreneurs are also people who innovate, challenge the status-quo, think outside the box, swim upstream, and test the un-tested. They are the people who don’t settle for what works until they have what works best. They don’t sit back and wait for someone else to make the change for them. They are driven, sometimes a little crazy, and focused on the goal in mind. I think these people are our leaders and it serves us well to seek them out, pick their brains, and follow their example. In doing so, I think you will start to find your own way since I believe we are all an entrepreneur in our own right but many of us just don’t know how to grasp that part of ourselves. Take a look at the image above. THIS is entrepreneurship.
Many of us find a way to make an excuse for why we shouldn’t be entrepreneurs. Sometimes the risks seem too high, sometimes the timing doesn’t seem right, and sometimes you think you don’t have the time. Believe me, we have all been here. BUT WAIT! – If you think you’re one of these people, start to look at your surroundings. Think about how you look at things and ask yourself if you’re always thinking there is a better way or thinking that you could do something no one else does. If you think, like I think, about these things, then you are an entrepreneur too. If you are, I want to help you find a way to harness that inner entrepreneur and hopefully provide a little insight that will get you moving.
Google definitions – Entrepreneur; PhotoCredit: Next twentyeight