What It Means to be an Entrepeneur

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Everyone wants to be an entrepreneur these days. From those brave enough to start small online businesses to those who are simply aspiring to be entrepreneurs, everyone seems to want to be one these days. But there are a few things that we need to understand. Entrepreneurship isn’t as glamorous as it appears on social media. Sure, working flexible hours may seem like the dream for those working a steady 9–5, but there are a few things that you need to understand first so you can tell the difference.

First thing’s first. You need to understand that “wanting” to be something and actually becoming one are two entirely different things. We’re talking about entrepreneurship here, and though you might aspire to be one, you’re not going to be an actual entrepreneur until you start to put in actual work.

The best way to become something is to do something.

Entrepreneurs are placed on the pedestal that they’re currently on because they provide value. It may not be the same amount of value from one entrepreneur to another, but value is value and you need to deliver on that promise if you’re going to call yourself an entrepreneur.

You’ll need to understand what it takes to provide value to someone. Learn how to communicate and pass on these values so you can accomplish what you set out to do in the first place.

Always put yourself in a position to win.

There’s also a difference between being an entrepreneur and being self-employed. Entrepreneurs don’t have a full-time job, self-employed people do.

An entrepreneur can never survive having a full-time job. They’re just not wired to handle that kind of work. And if you’re a true entrepreneur, you won’t be stuck in an office all day, you’ll be out there doing things and making things happen so you can run your business and not someone else’s.

If you truly feel like you need to be an entrepreneur, you can’t be working for someone else; it’s that simple.

But it’s also fine to be an aspiring entrepreneur. Everyone has to start somewhere and not everyone will want to take the plunge in the deep end right away without much thought and without doing much research. That’s completely fine.

What I would do in that situation is I’d go out there and hustle my face off in any way that I can. I’ll find mentors who will teach me and show me the things that I’m missing, put myself out there, and work for free under people who can show me the ropes. I’ll work for the people who can serve as a point of contact when I need it, I’ll expand my network so I have a head start when I go out on my own as an entrepreneur.

I’ll learn the hustle and I’ll taste the game.

This doesn’t only apply to entrepreneurship by the way. This also applies to every single aspiration that you might have.

Want to be an artist? Go out there and make art. Show your art to as many people as possible, get all the feedback you can. Learn from everyone that you can learn from and improve yourself as an artist. Find a mentor who can teach you the ways of the brush and the pen, find a way, there’s always a way, there’s got to be a way and you’ll have to find it.

You need to stop saying that you want to do something and stop there. Put in the work, make things happen; that’s what entrepreneurs do. Want to open a cafe? Great! Go out there and figure out exactly what you need to do it and start working on those steps immediately. Stop waiting for things to happen for you and start doing whatever it takes.

Put in the hard work.

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Personal Branding Coach and Creator of House of Leaders, a leadership community with 1.3million followers on Instagram.

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Brilliant Liu

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Personal Branding Coach and Creator of House of Leaders, a leadership community with 1.3million followers on Instagram.

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