I get asked all the time what my definition of an entrepreneur is. To me, an entrepreneur is someone who finds problems, big or small, and provides a unique solution to solve those problems.
It is a mindset. I always tell people that an entrepreneur isn’t just someone who starts a business. Entrepreneurs are athletes, scientists, teachers, anyone.
In the past, entrepreneurs were not seen as cool people. To some, being an entrepreneur means a person dropped out of high school or college, slept in their parents’ basement, and had nothing else to do, so they decided to start some enterprise as an escape route from real life. Although that’s maybe what an entrepreneur was seen as 20 years ago, today it’s different.
My generation is filled with entrepreneurs, whether they know it or not.
One of my favorite entrepreneurs doesn’t even own a business, work for a company, or wear a suit every day. He hasn’t even made money yet. He has found his problem and I am pretty sure he found a solution.
Reece Whitley. If you don’t know who he is, well be prepared, because in a few months you will be seeing his name everywhere.
He found his problem 9 years ago.
Reece failed his deep water test at 7-years-old at summer camp. Well, flash forward to April 2016. He not only has been able to pass his deep water test, but he has been able to be one of the top swimmers in the US at 16-years-old and is an Olympic hopeful for the 2016 games in Rio this summer.
Why do I tell you this story? Well because Reece and I grew up in the same neighborhood. Average size house in an average size town and each of us are average kids at our schools.
We simply found problems that we took the initiative to execute on.
Ok, it isn't just that easy. After providing a solution you need to work. Work hard. VERY hard.
Every day I am constantly making phone calls, hundreds of emails, hours of research and so much more just to make my business as strong as it can possibly be.
Reece worked very hard at a young age to be able to pass his deepwater test but now he found his passion in swimming. He is in the water before and after school, lifting multiple times a week, constantly building himself to be the best he can be.
Millennials need to realize that this mindset is crucial to success no matter what your age is. This mindset will get you very far in school, with friends, anything in life that you want to accomplish.
So promise me this. Promise me that you will approach every situation with being able to find the problem, provide solutions and execute. It will lead to more success in whatever you would like to accomplish.