Saturday, 17 October 2015

What Is An Entrepreneur?

The word entrepreneur can sound daunting and perhaps overwhelming. It conjures up images of Oprah Winfrey, Steve Jobs, Richard Branson, Martha Stewart and other highly successful people who have spent many years in the public eye. 

But an entrepreneur is simply someone who sees a gap in the market and is prepared to take a risk to fill it. Whether you are developing an app, delivering a service, retailing online, or leading a team of people in a new venture, it’s the fact that you are prepared to step outside of your comfort zone to explore what you see as an opportunity, that makes you different from those who work for someone else.

If you don’t build your dream someone will hire you to help build theirs - Tony Gaskins
I have a feeling that true entrepreneurs are born, not made and that they are often those who have never felt as if they fit in a society which seeks conformity. There seems to be something within the entrepreneur that is restless, constantly seeking to colour outside the lines and make their mark in some way. 

If you look at any of the most successful entrepreneurs throughout the world, they are not usually the ones who stayed at school, went to university and took the traditional route into a secure job. Mostly they are the ones who always felt different, struggled in school and just couldn’t settle into a ‘normal life’. Some found themselves in trouble with the law, others dropped out of school and lived on the streets and of course some went from job to job trying to find their place. They are often full of great ideas, sometimes driving their friends and family’s mad with their constant restlessness and need for variety. 

In today’s world we might classify some of these people as ADHD or as somewhere on the autistic spectrum. Leonard Di Vinci, Michelangelo, Albert Einstein, Alun Turing and Thomas Edison are all exceptional examples of people who achieved great things in their lifetimes by following their own path with single minded determination and dedication to their ideas and beliefs. They usually had to overcome great odds to present their ideas or inventions and many were not fully recognised until well after their deaths. 

Never let small minds convince you that your dreams are too big
An entrepreneur is a leader. She is someone who walks from the front, ready to do battle with any obstacle that appears in her way. She is willing to take the knocks, to ask the questions and to find her own answers when there are none. Her thirst for knowledge and information is a driving force and she will do whatever it takes to find the success she craves. 

Any setbacks she experiences are used as stepping stone to the future. She does not give in, she does not give up and she will always find a way to achieve her goals. She understands the path she has chosen is not the easy one but the alternative is a life that is dictated by others. She will not settle for second best and constantly strives to bring her dreams to life.

The entrepreneur within you will always let you know she is there. She will work to be heard even as you seek to quiet her. Do not let your fear stand in the way of becoming the woman you were born to be!
Start now, start where you are; start with fear, start with pain, start with doubt, start with hands shaking, start with voice trembling but start; start and don’t stop; start where you are with what you have … just start. Ijeoma Umebinyuo

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