Am I an entrepreneur?
And I don’t mean like how most of the world these days considers themselves to be an entrepreneur.
I don’t mean do I include “entrepreneurially-minded” on my resume or do I daydream about starting the next Instagram in hopes to be acquired for a couple billion dollars down the road?
I mean, is “being an entrepreneur” in my blood? I think it is.
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I should have seen all the signs:
I work a full-time job. And when I got my first job out of college, I was happy.
Heck, I’m happy now.
But when I first started, I thought everyone was the same as me at the time: working a full-time job only because they couldn’t figure out the finances, the timing, or a decent business model to keep them afloat without a job.
“Surely,” I thought to myself, “these guys would leave this place if they had a business that sustained them.”
But I’m realizing I was wrong.
Not everyone wants to “get out.” Not everyone aims for freedom in their work. Not everyone is an entrepreneur.
Some people are perfectly content to climb a ladder for climbing’s sake – some even wear it as a badge of honor.
You know the type: when you talk to them in casual conversation, they can’t help but brag about how well their job is going, how they get to be involved in work “above their paygrade,” how they’re “busy, busy, busy.”
I admit it: I’ve said stuff like that too. But I always say it with this inner voice that won’t leave me alone….
“You don’t have to be constantly busy,” it tells me.
“You’re climbing a ladder leaned against the wrong wall,” it says.
And I’m listening.
Bit by bit, it nags at me. It’ll eventually wear me down entirely and what, for now, is a very successful side-venture will one day become my full-time (less-than-full-time-hours) job.
And I think that’s what makes you an entrepreneur: that little nagging voice. The one you can’t silence or ignore no matter how hard you try.
Eventually, if you’re really an entrepreneur, you have to let that voice win.
Because not everyone has that voice nagging them all day every day.
It’s a gift. And when you’ve been given a gift, you don’t ignore it. You embrace it.
So the answer to my question, “am I an entrepreneur?” Yes. I am.
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