Who is an Entrepreneur?
Posted on May 31, 2012 by Lola Rotimi-Sosanya
The Longman dictionary of comtemporary English defines the word entrepreneur as simply “being a person who starts a company or arranges for a piece of work to be done and takes business risks in the hope of making profits.” However, to me, Entrepreneur is not a mere word; rather it is a complete ideology. Entrepreneurship is not an act it is a mindset and accomplished set of beliefs. To start something new out of nowhere, to build out of scratch, be it an idea, approach, gadgets, techniques, or anything fresh is, Entrepreneurship.
To invent and to innovate, to give up traditional mindset and instilled inhibitions are being an “Entrepreneur.” To venture into an uncertain future with no guaranteed results and that too at the cost of leaving behind a highly paid steady job, even the most successful of the people envy, is being an Entrepreneur.
Risking the lifestyle, you and your family are accustomed to, and giving up on hard-earned 9 to 5 income are not initiatives expected to be undertaken by faint hearts. Only the most adventurous, the most fearless, and the most courageous of us can dare to take on a challenge of this magnitude and decide to be the matters of their own destinies and become Entrepreneurs.
It is true that not all Entrepreneurs can be successful, but then it is not about being successful, alone. It is about the willingness to explore the unexplored. Those of us, who never attempt to take the uncharted waters, can never hope to become pioneers and inventors. Least of all, it is better to try and fail, rather than face the remorse and agony of regretting all your life for not trying at all.
The same concept is summed up beautifully in the famous adage “Not failure, but low aim is a crime.” Therefore, step forward, to be an Entrepreneur, and be the master of your own destiny. Remember, you get to live your life only once, so live it to the fullest; do what you want to do, what you have dreamed of doing all your life, and do not let yourself be dictated by others. Besides, do you know what the best part of being an Entrepreneur is? “You never have to skip the breakfast for making it in time to the office.”