Hey, Would-be Entrepreneur! Where’s the Fire in Your Belly?
True entrepreneurs don’t start companies just because they want to. Nor do they launch their project because they think it’ll be cool, or because they figure, “Hey, let’s give it a shot!”
Those are all thoughts of a hobbyist, a dilettante… a dabbler.
Dabblers get their doors blown off by actual, bona fide entrepreneurs. Dabblers grow up to become the old guys you meet at the Applebee’s bar who tell you some version of this all-too-predictable formula: “I thought of ___ before ___ ever did.” (For instance: “I thought of Facebook long before Mark Zuckerberg ever did.”)
Don’t be that guy.
Are you a real entrepreneur, or a dabbler? Either way it’s cool. Just don’t kid yourself about it – and please God, don’t waste anyone’s time! You know what a real entrepreneur is – and I don’t mean a solopreneur, or a lifestyle business owner, although both are very commendable, too.
An entrepreneur is an artist.
Just as an artist must create art, or suffer the frustration of pent-up creativity, an entrepreneur must create a business, or she’ll face similar angst. Think of a soda can, shaken up till it bursts open – that is what a true creative mind feels when it is not creating.
There’s nothing harder than starting something from thin air. There’s also nothing more satisfying. But here’s the thing: you need that urge. You need that fire in your belly.
Are you a real entrepreneur, or a dabbler? Either way it’s cool. Just don’t kid yourself about it.
You can’t just sorta wanna start a business, and expect it to achieve anything close to lift. If “kinda sorta wanna” describes you, then please, don’t even try to start a business. If you’re working on launching a startup right now and that’s where you’re coming from, just walk away now, before you waste any more time.
We’ll see you at the Applebee’s bar in 20 years. You can tell us all about the thriving jet pack company you thought of first.
Think of a soda can, shaken up till it bursts open – that is what a true creative mind feels when it is not creating.
Disclaimer: I am delightfully immersed in the burgeoning tech scene here in Naples, Florida, and I’m happy to say I am not writing about any of my friends and acquaintances here in town. I also have some out-of-state startups I’m working with; again (blessedly) these are not the inspiration for this post.
On the other hand, if you think this post is about you… why would you suspect such a thing?
Art by: lori404