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Saturday, January 21, 2017

We're All Entrepreneurs

What do you think of when you first hear the word "entrepreneur"? Perhaps you envision a businessman- dressed in a dark suit, carrying a briefcase everywhere he goes. Perhaps, you see a couple of hipster college students starting up a new e-commerce business. Perhaps, you may think of a mommy blogger that travels the world with with her husband and 7 kids, all well-groomed and smiling and playing kindly with each other in every picture.

Whatever you imagine an entrepreneur to be, you're probably correct. See, in reality, we are all entrepreneurs.

Say whaaaat?!

Yes, we are all entrepreneurs.

But how?!

Let's think about what an entrepreneur is, shall we? An entrepreneur has an idea. They usually have a passion for something that is so intense that they create a business from it.

Before we move on, we should define the term "business". The Oxford Dictionary describes it as "a person's regular occupation, profession, or trade". 

Note that the Oxford Dictionary did not describe a business as a bunch of investment firms located in densely populated cities. Nor did it describe a business using words like "real estate", "banking", or "9-5-job-in-a-concrete-building-with-a-bland-cubicle-as-your-only-view-for-the-entire-day". It simply put it as "a person's regular occupation, profession, or trade."

Do we all have a regular occupation, profession, or trade? (the answer is "yes")

YES! We do!

The shoe shiner on the street has a trade of shining shoes! (Who would have thought?!)
The ballerina performing with the American Chamber Ballet dances for a profession!
The shift manager's occupation at your local Wal-Mart is, well, to manage the shifts they work on.

"So? What do these jobs have to do with entrepreneurship?" 

These three people had a brand for their business (brand: themselves/ business: the job they're working at). Whether we intend to, or not, we are always creating our own brand for ourselves and looking at the other brands around us. We see others and invest in their brands (creating friendships, hiring employees, etc.). We go to interviews for potential schools, jobs, and internships to show off our brand, and to explain why our brand is worth investing into. We are our own entrepreneurs for our own businesses. Now the question is, are we actively building our own business, or are we letting others build it for us?







Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Wedding Syndrome- Seth Godin

"Running a business is a lot more important than starting one.
Choosing and preparing for the job you'll do for the next career is a much more important task than getting that job. Serving is more important than the campaign.
And a marriage is always more important than a wedding.
It's tempting to focus on the product launch, on the interview, on the next thing. Tempting, but ultimately a waste.
Our culture is organized around transitions, but they're a distraction. What it says on your wedding invitation doesn't matter a whole lot in the long run."
-Seth Godin
Just let that sink in, please.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Listen

We all have profound things to say. 

Then why do we quite often only give credibility to those that are slightly older than us?

If a child does or says something out of the norm, it's "childish". 

If an elderly person does or says something out of the norm, it's them being "old". 

If someone our age  does or says something out of the norm, it's "risky".

If a teenager does or says something out of the norm, it's them trying to be "different".

But if someone slightly older decides to take the leap and go against the grain, it's "inspiring". 

Why don't we allow ourselves to listen to all ages and live in a constant state of being inspired?

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Passion

A life without a passion isn't a life to live.

Discover what you love.

And then run like crazy with it.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Gratitude

When we're stuck on the past, our future begins to crumble. Doubt and fear start to set in, and we begin to truly believe, that we can't do what ever we'd like to do.

How does one stop this way of thinking?

Gratitude.

When we're stuck on the past, it's hard to change our belief system and immediately start thinking positively and focusing on the future.

But gratitude.

It brings us to the present.

It's a stepping stone to jump into the future.

Gratitude.

Remember that daily.

Monday, September 19, 2016

Find Your Friends

p1+p2=p ("p" meaning momentum)

This shows that as two things come in contact and stay in contact, the total momentum is the sum of both objects' momentum.

Jim Rohn said, "You are the average of the five people you spend most of your time with", but I believe that we are the sum.

Who, in your life, has or is gaining a large amount of momentum? Find them, and hold onto them. 

Saturday, September 17, 2016

What's Your Purpose?

As a son? Daughter? Student? Human?

It's quite the question, but when answers come it'll be worth the time spent thinking about it.