Off & Running
a Blog of Life on the Run

October
22,
2012

My mom opened her first business, a second-hand clothing store, in 1992. She sold it after running it successfully for 16 years. She enjoyed some time off but started searching for her next career by working for the State, becoming a Realtor, and other odd jobs. My mom finally realized the only thing she cared to be was an entrepreneur. She felt lost without that title. So, she opened a second-hand clothing boutique for women and is happily an entrepreneur yet again.

A friend recently called me a "workaholic" and my response was: no, I'm an entrepreneur. When she retorted how she was an entrepreneur also, I realized there seemed to be a misguided definition of what an entrepreneur is. So, I went on a journey to find out why we're not all cut from the same cloth.

Wikipedia says: An entrepreneur (i/ˌɒntrəprəˈnɜr/) is an enterprising individual who builds capital through risk and/or initiative. Entrepreneur in English is a term applied to a person who is willing to help launch a new venture or enterprise and accept full responsibility for the outcome.

Some of the older definitions are more focused on entrepreneurs being business owners whereas the newer definitions include risk-taking, being enterprising, and being driven to innovate.

Not all business owners are entrepreneurs.
Not all entrepreneurs are business owners.

Every entrepreneur is different but we all have similar goals and ideals when we get started but some of us push harder for more. We live and breathe our business. Our business is our baby, not just a passive friend. We're growing something big.

Business owners are 8-5'ers. They come in, get work done, and go home. They aren't enterprising, there's little risk because there's little growth, they're just existing. Business owners are great people but they not are on the same level as entrepreneurs.

Do you live and breathe your business or do you just punch a clock?
 

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