Recently I was asked by an Austin based community startup named, #besomebody to write about what makes someone an “Entrepreneur”. This is the story: Working since very young, we quickly learned the benefits of innovation and finding hidden resources to bring value, answer a problem and develop the solution. It’s not just blind ambition or a competitive desire to win, it’s much more to being a fabulous entrepreneur. It’s doing what others think can’t be done, it’s working through the constant peril of obstacles and dead ends to get that internal juice to find flow and create. Entrepreneurs don’t choose this path, the path chooses them and then grinds them into refinement to become consistent business people that form strong foundations, employ others and keep our economy moving. We are the first to arrive, the last to leave. We’re often seen as insensitive, arrogant or even greedy yet nothing could be further from the truth. We give relentlessly and live for a sense of legacy and purpose. Our nature is to inspire and grow, invest in others and consume with mindfulness. If we have the nicest car, house or material possessions, it’s because it has a purpose behind it, it exists to fuel a larger dream. We have dined with kings, and also been at the mercy of the generosity of a friend’s dinner table. We live on love and we’ll die for our convictions. We have soured mountains and also spent sleepless nights in the valleys. We know the pain of defeat and held the heavy glory of success. We have failed and failed, yet our wrinkled hand returns to the bow of the ship to begin again, and again and again. Why? For the taste, maybe even the morsel, of winning. It’s not that we don’t want to quit, it’s that we don’t know how and don’t associate with people that live, teach and breathe failure. Our education is our investment, the books we read, the discussions we emerge in and the lessons that are often costly. We don’t rely on accolades or ego, only a readiness to embrace the next task, trusting fully God has us in a grip and will remember us when it’s time.
We are entrepreneurs and we are here. #entrepreneur Our affirmations are a rant of dreams, blind ambitions held together by a strategy our business coached forced us to write by way of threatening to fire us as clients. The thoughts in our heads are a mantra sung like the morning jogging chant of Marines in training.
I believe anything is possible!
I see opportunity with other see a possibility!
I take risks!
Sound off … 1, 2. Sound off … 1, 2.
I know that nothing is unrealistic!
I feel overwhelming love!
I’ve embraced my child-like wonder and curiosity!
I take flying leap and the unknown!
I contribute to something bigger than myself!
I create. I learn. I grow. I do!
I believe it’s never too late to start living the dream!
“Now S P R I N T … you’re an Entrepreneur!” the inner voice dictates as our bones creak and palms become sweaty from the task at hand.