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I just checked the meaning of the word entrepreneur, and I got: “one who undertakes and assumes the risk of a business enterprise; contractor."
Is this who we are, can we learn how to be one, and why?
Can we educate entrepreneurs to take risk, and what is a calculated risk: to start school and leave in the 2nd year because we start a business, is this wise? Ask Bill gates, he will probably say, go finish school and then start a business, my comment would be "but you didn't."
Now it is too late for me in my 40s (my goal was to start my 2nd career in my 40s -- and I will leave this as a surprise). What makes us get up every morning and keep going to an office to build? Build what? A crazy idea? Why are we are doing it to ourselves? I know why, because this is who we are! We are the ones to draw a picture, the ones to write a book, the one to open our coffee shop to serve you a hot drink.
In 1991, I moved to New York to make a few dollars so I could save up and eventually drive around the world on a motorcycle (this is for a different story). I got a job in a moving company (definitely not for me, I’m 5'10" 160 pounds, some will call me slim, moving was not for me). Then I got my first true entrepreneur experience DRIVING A TAXI in NYC. I can get up on my own time, anytime. I can stop for coffee (addicted) anytime I feel like it, and stop working on my own schedule. I thought entrepreneur life, it is me, and life is great. Then very quickly I got my first lessons in the university of life, class 101. I got up at 4am, worked till midnight 7 days a week, 2 weeks straight and crash, my wife today whom I met driving a cab, ( I needed a green card she needed an Israeli) was complaining: "you are working too hard I do not get to see you." My comment was soon I will slow down, almost 20 years later, I am still up at 5am, never done working.
Some will say the $$$ is driving us. I will say it is not the money, it is because we can, it is who we are!
I know some friends of mine will work 5am till midnight as a Doctor, or an attorney. Are they entrepreneurs or just Workaholics? What is the different between us and them: the risk we take in business. A long time ago, I said to a friend right after he opened his own business but refused to buy the land on which the business stood. I said to him "buy the land." He said it is too risky. My response was "you already took a risk, you opened your own business".
To all you entrepreneurs out there. what does this definition really mean : "assume the risk of a business"? Do we need to start entrepreneur anonymousJ