Who is the business entrepreneur?
The business entrepreneur is not a “person” but a part of everyone’s personality. The entrepreneur is our visionary, the creator that can be found in each of us.
We’re born with that quality and it defines our lives as we respond to what we see, hear, feel, and experience. What we do with it is up to us.
It is developed, nurtured, and given space to flourish or it is squelched, thwarted, without air or stimulation, and dies. Look at anyone around you and you will recognize whether or not the entrepreneur is alive and well within them.
The business entrepreneur in us sees opportunities everywhere we look, but many people see only problems everywhere they look. (I bet we all know people like that!)
The business entrepreneur in us is more concerned with choosing between opportunities than he or she is with failing to see the opportunities. Opportunities are everywhere if you are open to it.
We’re all born with what we need to be a business entrepreneur.
We are born to create. Everyone is born with that drive, desire, passion, and interest. It is what we do with it that makes the difference.
Most business owners have not fully developed or nurtured the entrepreneur ideas within themselves. Working in the business consumes them with little time left to work on it.
There is no time or energy to be creative, nor the understanding that being creative is being alive, fully alive. Few business owners are fully alive; they’re too busy working for a living.
A business entrepreneurial seizure
A business entrepreneurial seizure is the moment the entrepreneur decides it would be a great idea to start his or her own business. It’s when one believes that knowing how to do the work of a business is all one needs to understand in order to start and grow a business.
So the accountant starts an accounting practice; the mechanic starts an auto repair business; the cook opens up a restaurant. They go to work, accounting, fixing cars, or cooking meals, none of which is the true work of the entrepreneur.
In doing so, the person who starts his or her own business is lost in the teeming confusion created by demands he or she never anticipated…the demands of organization, the demands of cash flow, the demands of people — employees, customers, suppliers, banks, family — and so forth and so on.
They are simply not prepared for the demands that are going to be made on them. The longer they’re in business, the worse it gets. There is no vision; there is only being a slave to work and staying alive. The seizure is long gone; the entrepreneurial vision a vague memory.
The business entrepreneur is not really interested in doing the work;
He is interested in creating the way the company operates. In that regard, the entrepreneur is an inventor. He or she loves to invent, but does not love to manufacture or sell or distribute what he or she invents.
You will not find business entrepreneurs on the production line. You will find them in their office, their room, in their research center, in their mind, dreaming about the product, or building a sample of the product, or drawing a picture of the product on the back of a napkin. Entrepreneurs are dreaming, scheming, imagining, playing…. not doing it, doing it, doing it.
The business entrepreneur goes to work ON the business, not IN the business.
The business entrepreneur invents a business that is more successful than any other business. The business entrepreneur builds an enterprise; the technician builds a job.
It takes study, practice, continuous education and experience for the entrepreneur to create a world class company. While top entrepreneurs seem to be born with the qualities and traits that mark them, there has, in fact, been an enormous amount of trial and error in their lives.
In many ways, it is the school of hard knocks that can turn innocuous little stones into sparkling, outrageous gems called entrepreneurs. Giving up is not an option and challenges are just par for the course.
Trust your entrepreneurial spirit, never give in and chase your dreams until they become just as real in reality as they ever did in your mind.
You will be glad you did.
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