Becoming an Entrepreneur
It seems everybody wants to be an entrepreneur these days, huh? Who doesn’t think about the opportunity of having the capital to start your web sensation and it get bought out by facebook. Only if I had that opportunity right? Everyone wants this story but my guess it’s not likely in your future. You might say, why burst my bubble Scott?
People who’s end goal is to find an angel investor to help them start their company and get bought out at several times its value are mainly interested in getting rich quick. 99.9% of those people will fail.
Let’s put this percentage into perspective.
100% chance that you will die
99% chance that you will get rich quick
1% of Americans that claim to be the 99% and desire to Occupy Wall Street by government takeover
Do you see any similarities here?
Well I do. Most people believe they are more than they are and that someone else can fix a burden that the Lord has given to them and them alone. Let’s not point fingers and ask the powers that be for a better lot in life, let’s make better decisions with the life we’ve been given. Trying to become an entrepreneur might not fall far from this bucket…if that’s all you’re setting your eyes on.
If you like the idea of sipping pina coladas then I would suggest that you move your focus from becoming an entrepreneur to providing value…cause it’s more likely to happen providing value. The cool part about this is that anybody can do this and anywhere. You can even create your own start-up-company. But, a self-proclaimed entrepreneur is not an entrepreneur at all…I might suggest he is instead a stuck up wanna be. Titles don’t mean anything.
Dave Ramsey’s Entreleadership
If you like the idea of becoming an entrepreneur then I suggest that you read Entreleader by Dave Ramsey. He gives insight into what he calls…you guessed it, an entreleader. It’s his personal story of how he built a business and trained leaders of that business. In this, he wants these leaders to also have an entrepreneurial spirit in a way I would call providing “value”. Ramsey suggests he doesn’t want the “wild and chaotic” of the entrepreneur or the “refined and calm” of a leader. He wants the “entreleader”.
Dave does a great job integrating his personal story with something that we can grasp and gives it to us without the “get rich quick” fluff.
In the book he says, “companies all over America are failing because they have allowed a culture of leaders and teams who don’t care about the goal, but just about themselves.”
I think everyone needs to learn the steps to become an entreleader. Check out Dave’s book, I highly recommend it.