First of all, lets define what that even means. Per Google, an entrepreneur is a person who organizes and operates a business, taking on greater than normal risks in order to do so. Notice this definition doesn’t say, “business owner.” However, we all know that a business owner is one example of an entrepreneur.
The fact that you clicked this link and landed on this page tells me something. It tells me you’ve got the itch, the bug, the spinning wheels… you’ve got it deep within your soul.
LET IT OUT MY FRIEND.
I told this to a girlfriend today: “You’re a risk taker. Risk takers are the ones who go somewhere in life.” I sort of shocked myself with my own words because I felt somewhat profound when I said it. That is a true statement though. If you don’t take the risk, then how will you know if “it” will work?
I’m not saying you need to quit your job and start your own company (at least not yet). What I’m saying is that you have something special inside of you… something that needs to be released in order to fulfill a calling to change the world around you. Not everyone is made out of your same cloth, honey-child! You are not here by mistake and you can’t ignore that gut feeling that you keep trying to cover up by downing more coffee. Oh, that one is just me? Dang-it.
Peter is probably my favorite Apostle in the Bible. He gets straight to the point and his instructions are very simple. Here is what Peter said about YOUR special calling:
10 God has given each of you a gift from his great variety of spiritual gifts. Use them well to serve one another. 11 Do you have the gift of speaking? Then speak as though God himself were speaking through you. Do you have the gift of helping others? Do it with all the strength and energy that God supplies. Then everything you do will bring glory to God through Jesus Christ.” 1 Peter 4:10-11.
You can be an entrepreneur and work for someone else.
I think most people assume that in order to be an entrepreneur, they have to be like the venture capitalists or innovators on Shark Tank. YES, those folks are certainly entrepreneurs… but they didn’t start off sitting in fancy leather chairs or standing in front of investors. They built themselves and their ideas up to achieve that milestone. I guarantee that they worked for someone else BEFORE they worked for themselves. You can do the same!
So the questions is… how do YOU get there?
Sometimes we overlook the obvious. Let me remind you of something important so that you don’t overlook it. In order to be successful at something… you need a good understanding and knowledge of whatever you want to succeed at. For example, lets say that you want to refinish a piece of furniture at your house. Lets call that piece a coffee table. You could find some leftover wall paint from the garage and throw it on the coffee table; hope for the best. OR you could do some research on the process and materials prior to project engagement. Both methods will provide you with a refinished coffee table, but one of the methods will out-shine and succeed the other. So… if you want to be a successful entrepreneur in an ever-changing society… do your research and then do it again.
Practice makes perfect. You know that is a true statement. So, why not practice running a successful business at your job? Whaaa?? Let me lay it out for you. Perform every task with passion, purposely build your knowledge, practice and learn every angle of the company you work for so that you have a full understanding of its process. Manage both people AND processes. Practice being a leader, speaker, and servant at your job. Not only will your career benefit from this, but you’ll build a solid platform for running your own business.
Acknowledge what you are excellent at and define your passion. Whatever you excel at, transform it into your “expertise.” Whatever you’re passionate about, make that your focus. For example, if you are excellent at applying makeup and you LOVE helping people feel beautiful… then maybe you need to hone in on that by partnering up with a stylist for photo shoots or special events. That would build up your credibility and get you engaging with the correct audience. While you’re there… evaluate how much you love it.
Don’t be afraid of failure. Yeah, I know… this one is hard. I get it. Here is the reality though: everyone fails at something at some point, but you can’t let that discourage you or shut-you-down. Simply learn from the mistakes, apologize for those cuss words, and try again. Entrepreneurs are risk takers. Remember that piece of advice that I gave my girlfriend… ?[Tweet “Risk takers are the ones who go somewhere in life. #entrepreneur”]
There are few people who wake up with an idea, throw it together, and experience some sort of over-night success. Those folks are few and far between and you can’t anticipate that your success will mirror it. Most entrepreneurs work extremely hard for a long time before they make a break. However… I will make a SWEET deal with you. IF I discover the secret formula to creating an over-night success… then I’ll share it with you right away. Deal?
Now that you KNOW you’re an entrepreneur… start praying for clarity on how God wants to use you and your special skills. Maybe you need to start by being the entrepreneur at your job. Or maybe it is time to launch your own business. I’m here for you either way friend!
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