Recently there’s been an image going around social media that says, “Entrepreneurship is living a few years of your life the way most people won’t, to live the rest of your life the way most people can’t.” Although this might be true for some it is certainly not true for me nor is it in line with what entrepreneurship means to me.
Entrepreneurship to me is so much more than building a business for a few years, selling it or getting it to the point where it is financially successful and then “living a life most people can’t”. Entrepreneurship to me IS my life…This is my quest…My life’s best work. A statement of who I am.
I believe entrepreneurship is a spiritual endeavour, more so than a commercial one. Entrepreneurship at its essence is about ‘creation’. Taking nothing other than an an idea from within our hearts and making it manifest in the real-world. From a seed that exists as an inspired thought in our mind can become something real, something great, that touches the lives of so many.
Entrepreneurship for me is the science of making the world a better place. Enriching the lives of our customers in small or large ways, enabling the individuals that make up our teams to become the best version of themselves and develop into a person they hadn’t ever imagined. It’s about influence, changing things, challenging old guards and ultimately pushing humanity forward. Innovation.
You’ve got to love the work. It can’t be a sacrifice you make for a few years to make a few dollars so you can sit on a beach. The pursuit of finance is empty at best and hollow at worst – particularly when achieved.
Our businesses should be an extension of us. A representation of who we are. A statement to the world about the mark we want to leave. It’s a quest which forces us to be our best selves and it’s the legacy which inspires us to do our life’s best work.
Don’t minimise the magic that is inherent in this journey by making it about the money. It’s so much more than that.
Your life’s work is a statement of who you are. Our fingerprints never fade from the lives we touch.
That is what entrepreneurship means to me.