Everyone can be an entrepreneur, but few will
As with most things in life, we get to choose whether or not we will partake in them. Thinking entrepreneurially is no different. No matter our occupation, all of us have the ability to lead and implement solutions with an entrepreneurial mind if we choose to do so. For example, ask yourself this question: are you content with doing the bare minimum in your job so long as it’s enough to keep you employed? Or are you actively working to break boundaries and create value while innovating in new and unique ways? If you chose the latter answer, then feel free to add “entrepreneur” to your job title. You’re the kind of person who realizes that there is knowledge to be gained and opportunities to be recognized in every situation – no matter how mundane or insignificant a situation may seem. Furthermore, you realize that the resources that lie in your current situation are the tools you have to work with to get to your next goal in life.
But what if my job really feels hopeless?
It’s never hopeless. It can definitely feel as if it were, but there is always an opportunity somewhere that leads to better things if only we look close enough. If you’ve ever walked in a corn maze, you’ll know that it’s easy to feel lost. After a while, everything begins to look the same! But then you cheat a little and pull out your map of the maze before quickly finding your way out. What was it that changed? Was it your situation? No. Was it your ability? No. The only thing that changed was your perspective. Instead of looking horizontally, you zoomed out and took into account an overhead view of the predicament. And I am confident that if we simply take the time to examine our perspective, an answer will become evident. This includes seeing opportunities for growth and advancement in employment, no matter where you currently stand. Trust me, I’ve worked for $7.25 minimum wage, and it wasn’t what I would call exhilarating. Yet I realized that I had a set of responsibilities delegated to me, and I was dead set on doing the best work possible until my situation changed. Finally, the grassroots reason that things changed can be directly attributed to thinking entrepreneurially.
In conclusion, ask yourself these questions: how can I think more entrepreneurially in my current situation in life? And which opportunities can I harness as tools to bring me to the next level of success? All of the required pieces are already around you, there’s simply some assembly required. The choice to is yours.
Rogers, Stevenson (2014). Entrepreneurial Finance, Third Edition: Finance and Business Strategies for the Serious Entrepreneur. McGraw-Hill Education.