have you ever asked yourself what the definition of an entrepreneur is? you probably have in some form or another, but if you really really think about it, you might find that the definition is actually a lot looser than one might originally think. for example, here in the valley, most people see entrepreneurs as some sort of tech person. someone who has built an app, created a software, or made dating slightly more interesting for the millennial generation. but the definition is so much more than one industry. let me give you an example.
a man who works in his garage all day contracting out his woodworking skills to creative projects and who will get paid for his work, is an entrepreneur. he is creating his own business, pays himself, and gets his own clients. he might not have a fancy business card or a pimped out website, but he’s definitely an entrepreneur. in fact, anyone who is starting their work of business, is, in my definition, an entrepreneur. my interview series here on the blog is another example of a really wide and awesome group of female entrepreneurs like Nicole Anderson, Mel Rice, and Phuong Mai. each of them has started a business in something that they care about and that they are good at. none of them are in tech, they’re just doing what they love.
so then, what is the real definition of an entrepreneur? in my humblest of opinions is made up of the following:
- someone who deals with the grit and grind of running a business
- someone who started their own thing to pay the bills
- someone who had an idea and went after it
- someone who really loves what they do and doesn’t give two shits if others like it or not
what do you think? do you think an entrepreneur is a select class of people that get written up in TechCrunch and Engadget? or is it perhaps those people and then a whole lot of others in industries as far and wide as the big pacific ocean? if it is the later, we should all be a little better at commending those who dare to take chances and embrace each and every one as an entrepreneur instead of praising whatever new hot technology has gotten funded.