An entrepreneur is only one of two things: a successful, self-employed mogul that invests in companies like Facebook and Uber, or a failed un-employee who is kidding himself by throwing that title around to self-describe. But have you considered what the different types of entrepreneurship actually are?
The stereotypical entrepreneur
Does this stereotype seem familiar?
That might be because these are the only two focal points society places on the term “entrepreneur”.
Dealing with extremity is a dangerous game, and rarely applies.
The extreme stereotype of entrepreneurs needs to be debunked and destroyed.
How Can Entrepreneurship Be Defined?
This is a loaded question, because I believe there is no true answer. But the stigma that entrepreneurs are either über-rich or complete failures is heinous.
How could we define entrepreneurship in a way that truly did it justice? What does an individual have to be doing to be considered an entrepreneur?
Let’s consider the following:
any individual who is actively working toward making their dream outcome a reality can be an entrepreneur.
Are we O.K. with that?
There will be those who say that the term is thrown around too loosely, and that it should only be reserved for the elite few that actually make it big on this path.
But what about the dreamers that want it just as bad? What about the self-starters that work tirelessly toward these goals, but lack resources to accelerate their progress?
What Are Some of the Different Types of Entrepreneurship?
Let’s start with the easy stuff, and then work our way down a list of increasingly overlooked entrepreneurs.
- Startup founders
- App developers
- Tech investors
- Marketing gurus
- Educators of any kind
And the list goes on and on. The purpose here is to show that it is futile to restrict entrepreneurship to one group of people.
Everyone has the opportunity to side hustle their way to the top of where they would like to be, and isn’t that what it’s really about?
The Power of Aspiring to Become Something Greater
There will be those on our path to chasing our dreams that will doubt and deter.
This can serve either as powerful motivation to plow through and truck forward, or as a depleting stumbling block that stops our progress.
What choice will we make? What do we truly want, and what are we willing to go through to get it?
The journey of becoming an entrepreneur or founder is only meaningful when we aren’t looking to change who we are, but to change who we can help.
You are currently good enough to achieve what you want most. After all, you are the one that dreamed it up in the first place, so who is more qualified than you to make it happen?
Let’s not seek to be different people and change ourselves for the sake of entrepreneurship. Rather, aspire to become an increasingly more refined version of the very “you” that has the desire to achieve your goals.
If you are a young entrepreneur that is looking for a way to break free from the criticism of the “more experienced” hecklers, you could use a friend during this journey.
Instead of tearing people down because they have a dream or ambition or however it may be labeled, let’s bind together as a community of likeminded and kind entrepreneurs.
Let’s work together to get where we want to go separately.