What does is it really mean to be an entrepreneur?
Most people agree that an entrepreneur is a person who has started his or her own business. But that basic definition does not even scratch the surface in bringing out the true essence of what it means to be a risk-taker and innovator, an individual who is willing to carve his or her own path in a world that is not accommodating to people who fail to follow the status quo.
Entrepreneurship is the road less traveled. An entrepreneur notices a need or gap in society and makes a decision to fill that gap in exchange for monetary gain. Entrepreneurs solve problems ranging from supply and demand of commodities, garbage collection, security, education, healthcare and so much more.
An entrepreneur creates something and nurtures it to success. It is a labor of love. It takes guts and sheer hard work to take the road less traveled, but the rewards are priceless. The monetary gain aside, you really grow as an individual as you push yourself outside your comfort zone. Think of successful entrepreneurs in the world today. They are admired by many, yet few are willing to pay the price to become like them.
What does it take to become a successful entrepreneur?
Imagine this scenario. You go to a prime agricultural area. You look around and see different types of farmlands all around you: some big others small, some well utilized others not all that well utilized and yet some are just wasteland; completely neglected like the owners went on a long journey leaving no one in charge. Some have very healthy crops and the owners will most likely enjoy bounty harvests. Others have just what the owners need for their families’ consumption yet others will have a lot of surplus.
You weigh all the options and decide to either lease or purchase a piece of land in the area. If you ask one of the farmers there whether you will enjoy a bounty harvest or not, what is he really likely to answer? It depends on many factors, top of the list being your efforts.
How would you go about ensuring that you enjoy a bounty harvest? Don’t rush to plant; learn the key information first: what crops do well in the area, what farming methods work best, the right season to plant, which company sells good seeds, find out whether there is a market for the crop you want to plant and how to access that market, and all other necessary information.
If you were looking for a mentor or someone to learn from, how would you choose a mentor? Would you choose to learn from the farmer whose crops were wilted and dying, or the farmer who enjoyed a bounty harvest time and again? Or would you seek to learn from the person who had never been a farmer or who tried once and failed miserably?
I often hear so much horror stories about entrepreneurship. Very many stories of ‘I tried but it did not work out’. Most people who did not push through with entrepreneurship are scared of that road and are reluctant to leave their comfort zone. This is very common especially in the network marketing industry.
The truth of the matter is that many people don’t have what it takes to push till they get breakthrough. When they encounter challenges, they give up and quit, retreat to their comfort zone. Becoming an entrepreneur is a journey and it will transform you into a new person, beginning with your mindset and your outlook to life.
To be successful, you will need to be able to take action whether you feel like it or not, to be resourceful, to break away from the crowd and their mindset, and to be able to persevere through challenges and failures. You ability to bounce back from failure will be critical in your journey to becoming a successful entrepreneur. The journey is not rosy; there will be much disappointment especially when you will be getting started.
Do you want to take charge of your life, become your own boss by walking the road to entrepreneurship? Want to know if you will succeed or not? Only you can determine that. Your success or lack of it is entirely up to you.
This article is written by: Susan Catherine Keter, Life coach, mentor, motivational speaker, blogger and freelancer