This article touches on some important points and the message behind the words hits the nail on the mark. Achieving success as an entrepreneur is already hard enough and it will only be that more difficult if one does not have the right motivations to affirm a mission. Being a real entrepreneur is not role-playing. For a real entrepreneur being an entrepreneur is who they are and who they want to be. It is an inner desire and fire that burns from within. An entrepreneurs’ desire is often accompanied and fuelled by at least one passion. Other areas such as personality, personal goals and doing something for the rest of ones’ life; in our experience we feel that those ingredients are again naturally part of who an entrepreneur is albeit consciously or subconsciously.
The other points mentioned (below) are valid and important but for us they form the evaluation process for a totally different question:
1. Having a vision and a plan.
2. Having a clear business idea.
3. Background, experience and finance.
These points (above) are pondered upon when considering the opportunity or opportunities ahead.
With all that has already been said we feel that the article lacks some essential components:
1. Entrepreneurs are pioneers. In their life they might not always have been the leader but they have always been their own leader having their own thoughts, opinions and solutions. Entrepreneurs are problem solvers. Leaders are not always entrepreneurs and entrepreneurs are not entrepreneurs because they want to be the leader. Being an individual today is not easy. Most people follow certain footsteps and paths and become stereotypical. That is why a real entrepreneur is instinctively an entrepreneur because they see things differently, they approach things differently, they do things differently, they don’t accept things the way they are and if given a chance they want to make a difference.
2. Being an entrepreneur is not a profession. There is no job description. There are no office hours. It is a state of being 24/7, every day, every year. Hence a real entrepreneur (after they have taken the leap of being an entrepreneur) never really works on one business or venture for the rest of their life. They are always founding new things and getting involved in other opportunities. This is something that is rarely understood and recognized when relating to an entrepreneur.
Quick note – a business person is not an entrepreneur.
Being an entrepreneur is more challenging than any job. Entrepreneurs do things that are not being done and have not been done. Not only does that involve an enormous amount of vision but is an extremely frustrating and an almost stressful experience. A normal job comes with a list of responsibilities and duties and involve scheduled tasks. An entrepreneur starts with no structure and order. They must use their own initiative daily and draw from their own inspiration. Entrepreneurs invent their own to-do lists, responsibilities and still need to have a firm grasp on their financial situation, strategy, product development, outer business dynamics and the list goes on.
In conclusion being an entrepreneur is something a few genuinely are. As entrepreneurs we feel that more backing and support is needed. More entrepreneurs will succeed with the right resources. Entrepreneurship will only lead to more jobs and more productivity. Entrepreneurs are entrepreneurs because they want to better lives, they want to make a difference and they want to change the world. We can’t do it alone. We need assistance, we need guidance and sometimes we only need that little extra to do something great.
One of the biggest mistakes that aspiring business owners make is overlooking the importance of digging deep into what their motivations are for starting a business and if their overall life is truly ready for this change.