“Entrepreneur” is a French word meaning “one who undertakes.” In other words, a person who obligates oneself to a certain task.
- An entrepreneur is a leader, not a follower, one who initiates, directs and motivates. She takes personal control and responsibility for actions and outcomes, both good and bad.
- An entrepreneur effectively manages her gains and learns from her losses. She is a calculated risk-taker, willing to sacrifice a little in order to produce the greatest good for the largest number of people.
- The entrepreneur operates out of a sense of duty with an unwritten understanding- a promise to deliver the best to those she serves.
- Although a solo enterprise, the entrepreneur is deeply engaged with others, knowing that value can only be provided via a two way street comprised of giving and taking. The entrepreneur depends on others and others depend upon her.
- The entrepreneur is an effective communicator and skilled at building and maintaining meaningful relationships.
- An entrepreneur knows that she cannot rely on luck alone. She is patient, prepared and flexible, ready to recognize and act upon opportunities as they arise.
- Entrepreneurship is a get-your-hands-dirty grassroots effort. It takes a lot of work. It becomes a way of life, requiring the right balance of skill and character.
One might think of the opposite of an entrepreneur as an employee. An employee is controlled by others, and an entrepreneur answers only to himself. This is a classic over-simplification. We are all influenced by circumstances and people for whom we come into contact.
One can excel at being a great leader without being the head honcho. One can be both employee and entrepreneur. An employee can be very adept at applying entrepreneurial principles at his place of employment. Maybe this employee produces valuable results for his company. That’s basically what an entrepreneur is- an innovative provider of value.
The opposite of a provider of value, an entrepreneur, would be the receiver of value, a consumer. Not that there’s a thing in the world wrong with being a consumer. We’re all consumers. You can’t even be a producer or provider (an entrepreneur) without being a consumer of something. (As you will see, balance is an overriding theme disbursed throughout the site.)
The focus here, at CreativeMindForce, is how to creatively produce the most optimal results in our everyday lives, using an entrepreneurial mindset as a pattern by which to follow.
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