en·tre·pre·neur (n) one who organizes, manages, and assumes the risks of a business or enterprise.
I started my business career almost 34 years ago. Since that time, I have owned more than a few businesses and counselled thousands of business owners. I know for a fact that entrepreneurs form the backbone of the American economy.
I came across some awesome descriptions of entrepreneurship, posted by students and friends of Babson College, the #1 college in entrepreneurship education as rated by U.S. News & World Report for the past 18 years.
The process of managing and leading change. Entrepreneurship is spontaneus creativity in the form of passionate pursuit for a unique purpose without any concern of resources that you currently have.
A student from Mexico says, “It’s a way of life where you drive your own future and the future of our world.”
Entrepreneurship is character to innovate what exists and create what does not.
Entrepreneurship is having a relentless passion and the guts to pursue it.
Entrepreneurship is a pursuit of opportunity and exploration of the unknown to create value.
An entrepreneur is a business designer who sees what there is and what could be.
Entrepreneurship is a combination of risk taking and inventive capabilities, while constantly producing and inspiring.
Entrepreneurship is the act of aspiring, perspiring and inspiring!
Entrepreneurship means creating value. Value to customers, value to employees, value to stake-holders and finally value to yourself. The day you believe you can create value, become an entrepreneur.
What’s Wrong with Our Economy and Can Entrepreneurs Fix It?
Of course, the question, “What’s Wrong with Our Economy” is incredibly complex and more than I care to take on in an article. And since I’m solution oriented, I tend to start with the things I CAN do. And as entrepreneurs, we CAN create jobs, thereby stimulating the economy.
I am deeply encouraged to know that there are those in Congress, like Mike Kelly, Representative from Pennsylvania, who are speaking up for entrepreneurs. Governmental over-reach has to stop. The cost of red tape and bureaucracy is into the trillions. This video is totally worth 5 minutes. There’s hope! Entrepreneurs ARISE!
In case you don’t take the time to watch the video, these are my favorite lines….
“Take the heavy boot off the throat of America’s job creators and let them breathe!”
“The jobs we’re talking about are not red jobs or blue jobs, they are red, white & blue. They aren’t Democrat or Republican jobs, they are American jobs.” ~ Rep. Mike Kelly