Most of us probably wouldn’t describe or consider ourselves an ‘Entrepreneur’, why is that? It seems to have become a bit of a buzzword in business today and has therefore become hard to relate to, probably partly because we hear it so often being associated with the likes of Richard Branson, or Mark Zuckerburg for example, that actually it simply doesn’t seem applicable to us!

However, look at the definition of an entrepreneur:

...a person who organizes and manages any enterprise, especially a business, usually with considerable initiative and risk.
— http://www.dictionary.com/browse/entrepreneur

One particular Forbes article highlights the importance of the word ‘any’, breaking this definition down even further by describing how entrepreneurs ‘in the purest sense, are those who identify a need—any need—and fill it.’1  By this definition anyone who owns or runs a business qualifies as an entrepreneur.  You needn’t own a multi-million dollar digital enterprise, or a fleet of aeroplanes; you could be a joiner, a restauranteur, run a salon or be a business consultant. However, this definition also extends to those who aren’t necessarily running their own business…those we refer to as Intrapreneurs. Intrapreneurs are the people that work in a business, pushing boundaries and seeking out opportunities for growth and development, despite not owning or necessarily being in charge. (But, we’ll speak more about these talented individuals in a future blog.) 

‘Entrepreneur’ is not an accolade you only receive when you’ve reached business success and likewise, you don’t become any less of an entrepreneur just because you’ve been in the same business 25 years. Being an entrepreneur is about seeing opportunity, problem-solving, shaping ideas and ultimately, having the enthusiasm, dedication and motivation to turn these in to something real.

So let’s not shy away from referring to ourselves as Entrepreneurs. Let’s embrace the term as a challenge and motivation to do something different!  

 
 

 

1 http://www.forbes.com/sites/brettnelson/2012/06/05/the-real-definition-of-entrepreneur-and-why-it-matters/#6ada21871aee

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