What is an Entrepreneur?

Although a dictionary definition might offer an inkling into the meaning of the word ‘entrepreneur’, you would likely hear a different visionary statement from every successful businessperson of whom you asked the question, ‘What is an entrepreneur?’

“If you can dream it, you can do it.” Walt Disney

“Genius is 1% inspiration, and 99% perspiration.” Thomas Edison

“Business opportunities are like buses, there’s always another one coming.” Richard Branson

Entrepreneurs come in all shapes and sizes and operate in all kinds of different industries. What you do doesn’t matter, but what you believe certainly does! Although the quotes from famous and successful businesspeople may vary in their exact representation of the term entrepreneur, the one thing that unites them all is their belief. Their belief that their idea can, and will, be a success.

It is through this steadfast belief in an idea or a business that an entrepreneur is willing to take a risk to establish a profitable future. Finding a success story that hasn’t, at some time or another, involved a significant risk is highly unusual. Each time you find a new idea, dream a new dream or simply consider establishing something new, you will know that the next stage is investing your money or your time to turn a thought into a reality. The difference between dreamers and entrepreneurs is that while both parties have the idea, only the entrepreneur acts upon it.

The thought of the risk is the single greatest reason why the majority of businesspeople are content to stay exactly where they are, never pushing into a new market, never launching a new product. But without the risk, there is no return.

Of course, it isn’t all about monetary gain. In fact, the wealth and success often associated with entrepreneurship is often not the dominating motivational force behind the most successful individuals to be found within our world. Instead, it is the desperate desire to be free.

Imagine being your own boss. Imagine being free to do what you want, when you want. Imagine having the financial freedom to take long holidays, to live in the house of your dreams and to provide for your family’s future.

The initial idea or dream of the entrepreneur is the carrot that draws them forward. The thought of a lack of freedom is the stick that drives them to keep moving.

While anyone can adopt this philosophy to drive themselves forward into bigger and better things, it is a sad fact that many even with an entrepreneurial spirit still flounder, struggling under the weight of financial and personal pressure. Even a donkey with a carrot in front tempting it forward, and a stick behind keeping it moving, needs to be steered now and then. By taking the time out of your busy schedule to build a support structure of individuals around you, and to build up your knowledge about business and marketing, you yourself could be the next great success story.

After all, everyone started somewhere!

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