Blue Mobius Marketing was an unexpected dream. If you had asked me in high school I would have told you, with confidence, that I would grow up to become an accomplished detective. I never would have guessed that I would have my own business, let alone be considered an entrepreneur. It wasn’t until the nominations for Tech Nite 2017 came out, and I saw my name in the category for “Entrepreneur of the Year,” that it hit me: I am an entrepreneur.
I began to wonder, what exactly constitutes an entrepreneur? My curious mind was unable to rest until I better understood this word that I had unexpectedly become associated with. In all my digging and exploring I landed on one definition that sums it up beautifully. It is attributed to Chris Oakley OBE, chairman of web design company Chapter Eight. While it is a bit lengthy it is worth reading in its entirety.
An entrepreneur sees an opportunity which others do not fully recognise, to meet an unsatisfied demand or to radically improve the performance of an existing business. They have unquenchable self-belief that this opportunity can be made real through hard work, commitment and the adaptability to learn the lessons of the market along the way.
They are not diverted or discouraged by skepticism from ‘experts’ or from those from whom they seek backing and support, but willing to weigh all advice and select that which will be helpful. They are prepared not just to work seriously hard but to back their judgment with personal investment at a level which will cause problems if they are wrong about the opportunity. They understand that achievements are the result of team work and knows how to choose the necessary blend of talents and inspire them with their vision.
I love that this definition pulls out the elements of determination, hard work, commitment, and adaptability. I also loved the portion about seeking advice and discerning what will be most helpful. Entrepreneurship does not exist in a vacuum.
After considering what being an entrepreneur means to other people I wanted to share what it means to me, specifically. Being an entrepreneur is one of the most paradoxical roles I have ever taken on. It is energizing and exhausting. It is exciting and terrifying. It is affirming and humbling. It is work and it is play. It is planning and order paired with spontaneity and impulse. Entrepreneurship is a plot twist to my life I never expected or saw coming but am thankful for and embracing fully.