Birds of a feather flock together.
Being an entrepreneur allows me to spend a lot of time with other entrepreneurs. Either with partners, either with customers or friends.
They share a common thing: they’re all a bit crazy and courageous.
However, many of them miss out on the most critical outcome of being an entrepreneur (to be honest, my take is that even outstandingly wealthy entrepreneurs like Bezos have a few misconceptions, too, but that’s just for the time to demonstrate and for humanity to realize:)
Here are their 5 main misconceptions, as I see them:
1. I am better than any employee because I’m an entrepreneur.
It’s quite the opposite. The most significant leaders realize that we’re all humans and their role is to serve others, not their greed or ego. If you can dance with financial life and generate prosperity, that doesn’t mean you’re better than the unknown heroes that help you chase your dream. They are better than any entrepreneur in many aspects. One of them is that they sacrifice their time and ideas for you to make yours come true. Imagine an orchestra without all the musicians. And then without the director. Which orchestra seems more incomplete?
2. My employees are pieces of my chess table
This misconception made me give up on going further with one of my ex-partners at one of my previous companies.
Employees are your teammates. They go first, no matter what. After, the customers, and after, the results.
3. The final goal for an entrepreneur is to be wealthy
Well, after 17 years of hard working at this role, I’ve got it: I am an entrepreneur because this makes me learn much more about who am I and about the world and allows me to become a better person, contributing to creating a better world than the one I’ve found when I was born. If I can make this happen, my real goal is accomplished. The common understanding of success is about being wealthy and famous. After I’ve tasted a bit of those, I must say success for me is about being loved, helpful and wise.
4. Life is all about business
There’s so much more in this life than prosperity and abundance. I score much more higher things like having meaningful and authentic relations, relying on true friends when your mind tricks you to look down at the negative, playing with your children and being able to payback to your parents for raising you. As Gerber made me understand sometime: the business plan is part of your life plan, not the other way around.
5. Employees are self-centered, and you shouldn’t trust them
This is one of the most annoying misconceptions.
I wouldn’t be anywhere close to where I am without trusting my colleagues. Yes, I’ve been misled, tricked and even betrayed by some of them. But is not their fault. It’s mine. I was the one that decided to hire them. I was a blind sheep that couldn’t recognize a wolf. Or it was maybe my dark side, reflected in them. Fact is that I trust my team and I consider myself one of the luckiest entrepreneurs on this planet because my colleagues believe in me.
Despite this, entrepreneurs are fun, courageous and incredible and you have a lot to learn from them. One of the most important thing being their ability to trade safety for passion — something that a lot of employees need.