I hate the word ‘entrepreneur’

The labels people choose to define themselves often reveal a lot about their character. In particular, let’s examine the word ‘entrepreneur’.

entrepreneur — a person who organizes and manages any enterprise, especially a business, usually with considerable initiative and risk. — Dictionary.com

Actually, I have no qualms with the dictionary definition by itself. In fact, I admire and follow many true entrepreneurs such as Warren Buffett and Elon Musk. The problem I have is with people who self-identify as entrepreneurs. They ruined it for everybody.

In my experience, this is the average ‘entrepreneur’:

entrepreneur — a habitually unemployed, self-important asshole who follows the latest get-rich-quick scheme, especially subscription boxes or dropshipping, usually failing to achieve any modicum of success because their misguided, pie-in-the-sky ideas don’t create any value for anyone.

Look no further than /r/entrepreneur to get a whiff of what I’m talking about.

I, for one, don’t want to be associated with these troglodytes, so what should I call myself as someone honestly trying to start a business? Founder? President? CEO? All of these terms seem pretentious to me.

In the end, I think ‘business owner’ will do. It’s humble. It’s not sexy. But it implies someone who’s willing to do the work and get shit done. The exact opposite of an ‘entrepreneur’.