When do you stop being an entrepreneur and start being an Entrepreneur ?
As I sit here in this flight that is criss crossing our continent, I’ve begun to reflect on what it means to be an entrepreneur. My whole life I’ve thought of myself as an entrepreneur, but never stopped to think about what that actually meant. I fancied myself a budding captain of industry, a thought leader, and a businessman through and through. However I’ve recently come to the realization that I haven’t taken risks like I should have. I have been coasting along and getting easily distracted by ideas or small wins and not aiming for the huge wins.
I see a distinct difference between an entrepreneur and an Entrepreneur with a capital E. Some people might call the former a wantrepreneur, but I have a slightly different take on that title.
Sure I have a company that generates a healthy cash flow building web based logistics solutions, but that is relatively easy, and is only touching the surface of the market it’s in. I haven’t been swinging for the fences, perhaps too afraid of striking out. All that changes now.
2013 is the year for taking risks, for becoming an Entrepreneur, and for listening to my own advice that I’ve been dishing out for years. I see countless Entrepreneurs who have no advantage over me from a technical or business standpoint scoring runs left and right, while I’m sitting here bunting like a wuss (yeah I know bunting has strategic value in baseball). As part of this awakening I’m going to have to prioritize things in my life, some commitments will have to go, and others I’ll be devoting more time to.
I know what has been holding me back, and its not longer acceptable to use these excuses. What’s holding you back?
Awesome post, Brian. You’re an incredibly talented person and there’s no doubt you’ll succeed in whatever endevour you choose to pursue. Onward.
Organizing events and helping grow the community is time consuming. You make great connections and find talented people. But the time you spend “communitying” is time not spent on building your own products.
Starting January I need to spend less time in AppDojo, organizing events and more time building my product. I also need to go to Refresh.