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:
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.