Entrepreneurs have fueled economies with their energy since the beginning of time.
Humble tailors taking care of business in feudal times had similar challenges to the home-based website designers of today. Whether using a barter system or the currency of the day, tailors had to buy or create tools, get raw materials, and sell products and services. They had to pay bills, market goods, negotiate prices, fend off marauding rent seekers, clean the shop, and take out the garbage. And like the website designer, they somehow managed to outsmart competitors, and sell enough services to feed, cloth, and shelter themselves and their families.
As an entrepreneur, you are a worker bee with a vision. You are motivated to solve problems, to serve others, and to make a difference. You need to be productive and you love to win. You pull miracles out of nothingness in the quiet of night while others sleep. You are a conduit for the raw energy that binds all people together. You help to feed, cloth, shelter and nurture the people around you.
You may work with a team or by yourself; you might work full-time, part-time or double-time. You might be a carpenter, a doctor, a house cleaner, a teacher, an artist, a mechanic or an inventor. Whatever the nature of your business, your work makes the lives of others better in some way. You take pride in your work and in doing so, you set yourself apart from those without vision. You are responsible for your actions and accountable for the outcomes. You continually make improvements because you are passionate about your work and you care about yourself and those you serve. Your vision elevates you above the masses of workers who simply toil to survive. Your vision includes aspirations beyond survival, perhaps abundance, enriched life style and autonomy. Whatever you do, you will make a positive difference in the world around you.
If you’re working at something you love to do, you might do it even if nobody paid you for your efforts. As one of my favourite techies once said, “If the truth be known, you really wouldn’t have to pay us money to do your IT; we would actually work for free as long as you provide us with bandwidth…”
I want my carpenter to love building and be passionate about working with wood.
I want my doctor to love people and to be passionate about my well being.
I want my house cleaner to love cleaning and be passionate about eradicating dust.
I want my teacher to love me and be passionate about his topic and teaching.
I want my artist to love to write or paint or play and to be passionate about the message.
I want my mechanic to love the sound of a well tuned engine and be passionate about safety.
I want my inventor to love solving problems and be passionate about innovating.
Entrepreneurship is not about the money. It’s about exercising one’s right to be creative, to solve problems, to serve customers and to make the world a better place. Do what you love to do and the money will follow.
Do you realize how powerful you are? Can you see the impact you have on the world around you? Does your vision include making a difference to your community, to your family, to your world?