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The Meaning of Entrepreneurs for the New Year!


 

Entrepreneurs

Upon reading a blog by Virginia Postrel,  “In Praise of Irrational Exuberance. Does a flourishing economy depend on delusion?” spurred me to reflect on this soon to be past year and in anticipation of  the new. This reflection draws me to thoughts of the entrepreneurs I have met and will meet. How many hopes, dreams, and aspirations have reluctantly been put on that “back burner”? How many dreams have died only to be replaced with the reality of another 50 hour a week job working for someone else? Who knows? What I do know is that for every ten dreams that had to be set aside there is a dream that is well on its way to becoming a reality. 

 

As I type these words there are many would-be entrepreneurs contemplating taking the leap. I say kudos to them. For without entrepreneurs the world would be black and white with only shades of gray. But with entrepreneurs taking the risk of beating the odds they help create a world which is full of vibrant and soulful colors. So let’s encourage future entrepreneurs and say thank you to those who dared to paint with a palette full of color.

An excerpt from Virginia Postrels insightful and beautifully written blog on the meaning of entrepreneurs is listed below and a link to her full post is also included.  

“Through the whole of his life,” writes Smith, “he pursues the idea of a certain artificial and elegant repose which he may never arrive at, for which he sacrifices a real tranquillity that is at all times in his power.” The man is deluded by the glamour of wealth, tricked by an illusion. Yet his achievement is not only real but socially beneficial: “It is this deception which rouses and keeps in continual motion the industry of mankind.”

“Many entrepreneurs aren’t even that lucky. They wildly overestimate their chances of success. But this second delusion, suggests economic historian John V.C. Nye, may be essential to maintaining an entrepreneurial culture.”

To view this beautiful article on entrepreneurs click on the link below:http://www.bigquestionsonline.com/columns/virginia-postrel/in-praise-of-irrational-exuberance

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To all entrepreneurs Happy New Year!

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December 31, 2010 Posted by | Entrepreneur | , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Entrepreneurs and Passion


Entrepreneur Passion

 

Passion is a word that is frequently overused and has lost its meaning between the daily chatter of the media, friends, mentors and coaches. But what does it really mean. When you hear a word tossed into the verbal arena off handedly it starts to lose its luster. 

The dictionary states passion is a strong or extravagant fondness, enthusiasm, or desire for anything. 

Certainly I believe everyone should be passionate about something in their life.  However, if you are considering entrepreneurship, and I hope you are, passion has to be the foundation of which you begin building your business

Why is passion necessary? Although rewards are many when you are an entrepreneur so are the challenges. It is easy to be passionate about something easy and fun, but more challenging when something is difficult and full of drudgery. 

As an example, I am in the midst of starting an online business for entrepreneurs. This endeavor has been fraught with one challenge after another. But I am passionate about entrepreneurs. When working with entrepreneurs it isn’t work but a joy. If I wasn’t passionate about entrepreneurs the challenges facing my start-up would have been too much.  But they haven’t been too much because my passion for helping entrepreneurs helped me meet and overcome the challenges. 

If you are passionate about what you do and put some blinders on to the ‘distractions’ that will surround you then the chances of you achieving your dreams increase exponentially. 

To recap: 

  1. Find your passion.
  2. Put blinders on and try to ignore the ‘noise’ that will surround you.
  3. Keep the goal line in front of you.
  4. Always move forward.
  5. Find ways to succeed not ways to fail.

  

Here is to challenges, because if you don’t let them defeat you then I believe you have found your PASSION. 

Comment back and tell me how your Passion as it relates to business. How do you know? What have you overcome that confirmed you are passionate? I would love to hear your stories.

September 25, 2010 Posted by | Entrepreneur | , , , , , , | 4 Comments