Entrepreneur is a term that started echoing in the early 2000s and somehow became a profession for a select few people. Generally, being an entrepreneur simply refers to a person who has started his/her own business – but this general definition barely scratches the surface.
So what does this tongue twisting word actually mean? It is about having the ability and being ready to develop, organise and manage a business venture – along with being ready for any sort of risks that you can come across in the course of painting your idea.
Entrepreneurship is tracked back to 17000 BCE, making traders and merchants the first actual entrepreneurs. The origin of the word surfaced much later in 19th Century France with the word “entreprendre” meaning to undertake, usually a task.
So, why do people opt for the less travelled road called “entrepreneurship”?
1. Imagine Mark Zuckerberg or Steve Jobs working normal, corporate jobs and leading a corporate life. They had ideas which wouldn’t bloom in the corporate world. Steve Jobs perhaps said it best: “When you grow up you tend to get told that the world is the way it is … Life can be much broader once you discover one simple fact: Everything around you that you call life was made up by people that were no smarter than you. And you can change it, you can influence it … Once you learn that, you’ll never be the same again.”
2. Jumping off a cliff isn’t the actual definition of risk-taking, but being gutsy enough to turn your dream into reality is. Turning into an entrepreneur makes you question yourself at times and at other times leaves you feeling alone – but believing in yourself always pays off!
3. Entrepreneurs are passionate about learning and have the spirit to change the world by introducing something (product, service or solution) that can change people’s lives. If someone had told me some years ago that I’d be able to find my long-lost childhood friends, I might have laughed but I did find them: through Facebook, because Zuckerberg believed in himself!
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To conclude, what does entrepreneurship mean for me? It’s simple: disrupting the conventional or traditional way things are done, with the ultimate aim of solving a problem that influences our existence.
Did I leave out any important entrepreneurship attribues that have worked well for you? Please share it in the comment box below?
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Reading your blog I think I fit your definition of
Entrepreneur. Not that I class myself as such. I am certainly ready for a different adventure, even though I am carrying considerable risk with the president venture. It’s bloody hard keeping on track with the varied challenges trying to disrail the business. It does seem to be in my nature to empower the right people and watch the business grow from a distance. Finding the right people, and surrounding yourself with them is the trick though. Like the expression. ‘ I’ll never soar like an eagle while I fly with turkey’s ‘
Thanks for engaging! I definitely feel that you fit the role of entrepeneur, due to the conversations we’ve had and simply seeing only just a few of the things you’ve accomplished. Our journeys through business are filled with thrill seeking passion and the need to pursue adventure. Like you’ve stated, having the right team can make or break you, that is one of my concerns right now. I wish you the best of luck in your future endeavours!