Entrepreneurship isn’t a job
When I ask you:
“What do you do?”
And you respond with:
“I am an entrepreneur.”
That tells me nothing about you. Zero. Ziltch.
I don’t know what you are interested in. What keeps you up at night. Or even what type of business you are in.
I admit it, the word ‘entrepreneur’ is firmly entrenched in my vocabulary too, it’s easy to throw it around but it’s a bit like lipstick on a pig. 20 years ago if you asked my dad what he did for a living, he would tell you he was a ‘business owner’ and a university degree, was quite simply called a ‘business degree’.
Now we are entrepreneurs with entrepreneurship degrees!
Then there is the argument that people are just born with the ‘entrepreneur gene’; it’s an internal drive, this umph or “je ne sais quoi”. I know that quality they are talking about, I feel it everyday, but that “je ne sais quoi” is born out of passion. Which sometimes takes time to discover, hence why we see a lot of people only start exploring entrepreneurship later in life.
I even know a person who says:
“Do you want to be a business owner or an entrepreneur?” as he puffs up the collar on his shirt. You can guess which one he is, the answer is C. None of the Above.
None of it matters though because being an entrepreneur or owning a business is merely a vehicle we use to bring our ideas, our passions and our disruptions to the marketplace.
So the next time I ask you what you do, perhaps consider using more descriptives, because entrepreneurship is not a ‘cool kids club’.
It’s merely a vehicle.
Say it with me!
“I am a creator, a maker, an artist, a visionary, a techie, a builder, an engineer, a doctor, a change maker, a scientist, a foodie, a people person who…. (fill in the blank).”
When entrepreneurship becomes merely a vehicle to get our ideas into the world, we remove the mystic and perceived prestige. This gives space for more people to create, experiment & collaborate which leads to innovation that could very well solve the world’s problems.