Entrepreneur…it’s one of those words that make you think of Sir Richard Branson, or Steve Jobs, or Oprah Winfrey…people, who have followed their gut, were innovative and consistently strove to get what they believed to be true…and did it!
If I was to go back even 10 years, running a business could not have been further from my mind.
Only people with money did that sort of thing or people who knew a thing or two about money…or had gone to Uni’ or TAFE to get the inside scoop on what it’s all about.
Then how in the heck did I end up running two business from the comfort of my own home? (Working from home is not all it is cracked up to be, let me tell you J)
Not only has the internet and social media created opportunity for us all, it now provides those who have the courage, the best way to build a business…the way they want.
Over the years, what I have learned, is that “entrepreneur” is defined in so many ways, by academics, by authors, journalists, experts and those in business.
The thing is…entrepreneur can be what you want it to be.
For me, having my fifth child and working in a thankless profession fuelled the fire to find ‘that thing’, the ‘thing’ that would provide me with the place to help others in this world…I was tired of living someone else’s life as an employee.
An entrepreneur is not having all the answers, not having the step-by-step solution or a checklist to follow.
An entrepreneur is coming up with your unique ‘thing’, taking it to market and seeing how it plays out.
A little like climbing a mountain on your own without a map or GPS. It’s tough, really tough, to grow your business so that you can get in and do the things you really want to do.
This quote by Confucius comes from ‘The Analects’ a collection of the teachings and thoughts of Confucius.It is believed to have been written around ca. 479 BC – 221 and written over a period of 30-50 years, ‘The Analects’ are considered among the most representative works of Confucian thought, and still have a great influence on Chinese culture and indeed the world.
It is believed to have been written around ca. 479 BC – 221 and written over a period of 30-50 years, ‘The Analects’ are considered among the most representative works of Confucian thought, and still have a great influence on Chinese culture and indeed the world.
Confucius was smart, super smart and nailed it.
Back to being and entrepreneur and doing what you love.
Sometimes running a business can be like buying yourself a job…but worse.
So often I speak to business owners who want to make the incremental changes, to embrace technology and use social media, yet leave all they have and learn on the t