Entrepreneurship Is…

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Do you agree with this statement? What is entrepreneurship to you?

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  • I think this statement speaks to the possibility of entrepreneurship. Entrepreneurship is a little scary to me, but it’s also real attractive.

  • I’m not sure it’s just a few years. I hope, but I’m not sure.

    • Its still the fact that its your choice…rather than the choice of a boss!

  • CabinetDoork

    How about… Living all the years of your life like most people won’t so you can spend them helping others. (I guess that falls into the category of “like most people can’t.) So I agree.

  • Absolutely agree with the statement, and with Bret that I’m not sure it’s only a few years, and with Jon that entrepreneurship is scary – more than a little. But when it’s right – it’s so right!

  • I think it’s pretty close. I agree with Jon, that to actually do this is scary. Especially when we have families to care for. So my version is to “use my free time like most won’t so that I may reach a point that most don’t.”

    • But even that is living like most people won’t Dan.

      Most people (and I meant 95%+) will never wake up at 4:30am to work on their “side business.” They won’t read about business or dream about their business.

      So don’t feel bad. It’s not about risk…it’s about doing EXACTLY what you are doing my friend.

  • Talking to a coworker who was an entrepreneur/ business owner for many years she said, “It’s exciting! Every day is a new adventure and when you get a new contract is like getting a new toy”. It still scares me to death, but the sense of discovery and creativity involved really intrigues me.

  • Like others have said, I’ve always viewed entrepreneurship as scary. Risky.

    The past several years have changed my view. I’ve known several peope that thought they had job security, only to lose their job or get cuts. I’ve heard Dave Ramsey and Dan Miller both say that sales is the riskiest job, yet it has the highest pay potential.

    As I am venturing out to start my own business, it’s not as scary as I thought. I suppose that it requires the right person for it – not everyone can work or operate in that kind of situation. I don’t get a rush by taking big risks, but I’m learning that bigger rewards come from higher risk.

    • You’re so right. We have the worst case scenario in our minds (i read a post somewhere about that recently…) and so we never venture out. Sure there’s risk, but having control over whether I am paid or not is soooo nice. I’m not relying on anyone else when I am an entrepreneur. I rise and fall on my efforts…not on the hope that my job is secure!

    • Congrats on the learning process Joshua. I’m proud of you!

      I can totally see how it seems scary, which is why most people I know suggest you start out on the side, but as I mention to @DanErickson8:disqus in reply to his comment, even that is doing something that 95% of people will never try.

      Keep it up…you are doing great!

  • I totally expected this post to be longer :) I completely agree. Entrepreneurship to me, is being able to have control of my life, my time, and my finances. That doesnt mean I can choose to never work, but it means that I CHOOSE to work, rather than a boss telling me to :) and I CHOOSE what I’m paid, based on my effort and persistence.
    The other day I created the first, of what I hope will be many, art pieces. I made $50. Is that going to get me debt free or buy me a new house? Nope. But you know what? I earned that. It wasn’t a paycheck, I didnt have to stand at my boss’ door and wait for him to decide to pay me (I love my boss he’s great, but you know what I mean…), through my own effort I earned money. That control is the essence of entrepreneurship.
    Thanks for a great quote!

  • Steve Pate

    A great entre/leader/preneurship, is like a stealhead fisherman. (I was thinking about this as I was fishing yesterday). The fisherman is not afraid to go out and check the waters, understand waters that are dangerous. Go to others for advice on what’s been working or not. Willing to take the time to get the right gear for the water’s their about to enter. Understand the habits of the fish their going after, understand the food they like, understand what will spooks them, and then the toughest part…they cast out, then cast out, and cast out, and then adjust something, and cast again.

    So in a nut shell, that’s my picture on what a entrepreneure looks like!

    • Great analogy…even if I don’t like fishing 😉

    • Well put Steve! Even though you lost me at “fisherman” :)

      • Steve Pate

        think its time to introduce you to what I call, cold water therapy!

  • Totally agree, If we put in the time and hard work then in the future we will be able to do what we really want to do.