Tuesday, April 13, 2010

An Entrepreneur Waiting to Happen?

"I've got a job, I explore, I follow every little whiff
And I want my life to smell like this
To find a place, an ancient race
The kind you'd like to gamble with
Where they'd stamp on burning bags of shit.
Looking for a place to happen
making stops along the way"


14-year old Tyson is sitting in the front row of a business seminar, wondering what he has got himself into.

Tyson is with his mother. Together, they are learning what it takes to become a successful entrepreneur. In other words, what will be required to own and operate a business that turns a profit, employs people and supplies a valued product or service to a growing community of customers.

By the lunch break, it becomes abundantly clear that Tyson has never been exposed to this brand of instruction in the factory model of education called school.

But, neither has anyone else in the room.

Typically, audiences at these seminars, are dominated by former employees with about 20-years experience looking to transition to life as an entrepreneur. And unlike Tyson, their experience actually works against them. Many start to feel like New Orleans is sinking as they begin to realize the pain involved with unlearning everything they think they already know.

Sadly, Tyson and others like him, are offered little or nothing within the framework of the traditional school system that could equip entrepreneurs of the future. Fortunately, there are entrepreneurial champions speaking a different educational language with an increasingly louder voice.

One of the best is the former Chief Operating Officer of 1-800-GOT-JUNK.

Regarded as one of the top public relations experts in all of North America, Cameron Herold is inspiring audiences all over the world with his message on entrepreneurship.

And how it trickles down to a 14-year old like Tyson.

What Cameron Herold and other great entrepreneurs understand is how Tyson and others like him just might be looking for a place to happen. And need some valuable lessons along the way.

Lessons such as:

- Entrepreneurs see opportunities everywhere they look, unlike the majority of people who only see problems.
- Entrepreneurship is living a few years of your life like most people won't, so you can spend the rest of your life like most people can't.
- Entrepreneurship. It is where you learn the only place "success" comes before "work", is in the dictionary.

The best reason to become an entrepreneur, build companies and hire people is to make meaning - not money.

Its about creating products and/or services that make our world a better place.

For kids like Tyson.

"The cover-your-butt mentality of the workplace will get you only so far. The follow-your-gut mentality of the entrepreneur has the potential to take you anywhere you want to go or run you right out of business--but it's a whole lot more fun, don't you think?"
BILL RANCIC, "The Apprentice"


1 comment:


"Entrepreneurship is living a few years of your life like most people won't, so you can spend the rest of your life like most people can't."

Gair, I truly want to thank you for this posting. This remark is one of the most profound and timely statements in recent memory.