Entrepreneurs come in all colors, shapes, sizes, both genders, all ethnicities, all fields. Most entrepreneurs I know personally have a myriad of well-developed skills and qualities. I have noticed that for most, courage in life and a passion for the product or service are predominant.
Entrepreneurs make the world work! It is their collective creativity, visioning, versatility and tenacity that weave together across cultures and imaginary boundaries.
The word “entrepreneur“ is borrowed from French and also has Latin roots. The original meaning was to “undertake” or “begin something.” And these days, that meaning still works, although the word is almost exclusively associated with starting, undertaking, and/or running a BUSINESS venture.
Within the corporate world, the term “entrepreneurial spirit“ is often used even though employees are not technically entrepreneurs. To exhibit an entrepreneurial spirit generally means to be creative, innovative, willing to take charge beyond assigned duties.
My Own Journey
I have been an entrepreneur for over 30 years. During this period, I have had the most demanding boss in the world: ME. I put in long hours. I experiment and reflect. I fail; I succeed. I have not once been tempted to take on a job with set hours and reporting to a boss.
In my early days of being an entrepreneur, I considered my most important attribute was versatility. As I continued to be more and more successful, I recognized that the primary reason for my success was integrity. I learn from every experience. My greatest teachers have been my clients, customers, and workshop participants. I would not know what I know if it had not been for the questions they asked me. I have also hired coaches and have had many peer relationships.
My own experience is, of course, the experience of only one entrepreneur. I have also informally encouraged and officially coached many entrepreneurs. And many of my friends are entrepreneurs. I relate to entrepreneurs at all stages of their development
Connecting with Other Entrepreneurs
I asked my good friend, Joel Friant, about his own relationship with a job and being an entrepreneur. He said:
"Working a J-O-B and being for many ‘Just-Over-Broke’ is NOT the only option in life. It takes being fearless in the face of adversity though, and a willingness to win at all costs."
"It’s not for everyone, but when the entrepreneurial bug bites, you KNOW you’ve been bitten as it’s the only path forward that makes sense for you. What’s PRICELESS is the sense of freedom!"
From a JOB to a Laptop Lifestyle
In recent years, a “Laptop Lifestyle” has come to mean the life of an entrepreneur, with a continuum ranging from someone who takes a laptop to the local coffee shop with free Wi-Fi, to the most successful of entrepreneurs who travel the world to exotic places and spend an hour or two a day checking business on a laptop.
As a new user of Instagram, I decided to look for someone on that platform who is living the laptop lifestyle. And as it turns out, I hit the jackpot because I found someone who also is helping others to live the laptop lifestyle.
I asked her if she would share some suggestions to those who might want to create such a lifestyle of independence. She said,
“If you want to create a laptop lifestyle for yourself, start from within. Create the right mindset, learn how to give value to others and money will become the bi product"
"Don’t underestimate the power of community. Surround yourself with like-minded people, find your tribe that will honour, support and lift you up."
Considerations/Tasks of the Solo Entrepreneur
It is impossible to figure out all the skills and nuances required of an entrepreneur in advance. To be honest, it is a messy process, one that requires getting your hands on. When a successful entrepreneur talks about his or her success, the story is often presented a linear and logical. But it is an uneven road, filled with jolts and
In fact, it is likely that some potential entrepreneurs would turn away from the path if they knew too many details in advance. Most entrepreneurs are successful simply BECAUSE they face problems, problems that need solutions. If entrepreneurs are too “problem oriented,“ they will not find the solutions. One of the attributes of a successful entrepreneur is to become “solution oriented.“
To add insight for this article, I turned to my good friend Michael Jenkins. Michael has prepared himself well for his role, and rises to meet challenges and changes successfully.
We Anticipate what we Can; And Meet the Rest as We Can
The bumpy roads will come, and each entrepreneurwill find his or we way, benefiting from the direct experience. Meeting the challenges turns on the headlights. Likely, there will be more challenges that put us back in darkness. But when the light comes again, that is enlightenment, We grow ourselves and advance our business.
Giving to the World; Making the World Work
The solo entrepreneur has a great role to play in our economy, throughout the world, not just our local community or country. In a world dominated now by big business, it is easy to discount the role of solo entrepreneurs, who carve their unique paths.
Here I quote Joel Friant again. “Being an entrepreneur is not for the faint of heart. It’s a whole different mindset that has to be able to handle failure, ridicule, non-acceptance and sometimes going without a paycheck for months, even years on end. However, the rewards along the way and at the end are priceless.”
Capture the Essence; Capture the Vision
Every project starts with a Vision. Sometimes that Vision is seen in the mind’s eye. It can also be seen by putting words or pictures on paper or screen to see the Vision more clearly with the physical eyes. For many, a Compelling Vision is felt more than seen. When the vision is compelling, it can touch every aspect of your being.
Who better than a professional photographer to speak about being an entrepreneur? That’s why I turned to my special friend Kristin Renee.
“What I love about being an entrepreneur is first of all the freedom that it gives me. I love to take off a day or a week or even a month if I want and not have a boss to answer to"
"Second, I love having the ability to expand, grow, learn and adapt my business to be able to move forward financially at the speed and ability that I want to. Lastly, I love being able to actually act on my creative business ideas and have the determination, time and mindset to follow through to see the results!”
Some entrepreneurs have a Vision so big that it is beyond their conscious awareness, yet the heart compels their feet forward. When we embrace a Vision that is compelling, we concurrently live inside it and let it draw us forward.
Further acknowledgements of the contributors to this article
Three of the entrepreneurs I have quoted in today’s article I have met in person in the Sharenode Community. Not only are they leaders in this community, but each one has tokenized his or her own business on the NASGO platform. Thank you, Joel Friant, Michael Jenkins, and Kristin Renee.
The fourth contributor I got acquainted with virtually, on Instagram. Thank you, Emilia
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