The Entrepreneur – a definition by LaurieAnn Campbell
Published August 28, 2002 – still holds true in 2020 but with a very few new terminologies – such as Droid now is an Avatar. 😊
Out there are hundreds of 40 something boomers lost in this tech ocean that’s driving the speed of their lives and forcing them to try to keep it all together while retaining their sanity an autonomy. If you stop long enough to look around, however, you can observe the obnoxious invasion of Droids and Droidesses, dominated by the corporate demands, with cell phones glued to their ears, slaves to the seamless time, complements of technology. They distinguish the job from their family and personal lives, trying desperately to create a veil between the two and balance the separate worlds like a juggling act. The subsequent confusion is so prevalent that they no longer know what they are truly longing for, who they truly are, who those around them are. So much for autonomy, so much for sanity.
Being an entrepreneur is different. Entrepreneurs cunningly intertwine personal and business life such that the two can vaguely be distinguished. This is, after some thought, quite ingenious for these reasons:
- Business is a game. The ideal is that the winner is the one that reaches the point where he/she achieves completion. But no one ever really wins, because to an entrepreneur it is clear that one never really attains completion. There is always a new opportunity and challenge. And hence the game never ends – the entrepreneur is in a perpetual state of playing. Like any game, it can be fun, it can be frustrating, but there is no static juggling… only forward movement. And you get to choose the game.
- The entrepreneur truly believes that he/she is balancing his/her life because everything is intertwined. Home budgets are carefully laid out on spreadsheets with self-worth values bolded on the bottom line. Kids’ schooling supplies become office supplies. Spouses become partners, children part of succession planning. Other entrepreneurs become your best friends to share practices and war stories with – a common ground beyond sports and diets.
- Entrepreneurs have the benefit of combining their personal and business emotional IQ scores. On a scale of 1 to 10, most entrepreneurs probably reach a 15 in the business world and a one in the real everyday world. So, combining business and personal scores, they achieve an 8… passing grade with honors.
- In the world of an entrepreneur, the financial section of a newspaper takes priority over editorials. This generally, unless markets are impacted in a negative way, keeps entrepreneurs isolated from the drudgery of everyday life. It’s a secure place away from human emotional turmoil. This may be perceived as superficial, but it’s a great escape mechanism.
There is only one problem to this ingenious concept. Generally, only other entrepreneurs understand the need for playing the game, for the challenge, the change, the rewards and particularly, the integration.
Warning: If you are an entrepreneur and anyone in your close world doesn’t share your entrepreneurial spirit: be aware.
Warning: If you are not an entrepreneur and anyone in your close world is? Read this again to better understand your differences.