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 Entrepreneurship2004-01-22 11:11
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I'm struggling with how to start thinking more like an entrepreneur. Like somebody who continuously sees opportunities and acts on them. Somebody who plays with ideas and resources and puts them together in new ways, and sticks with them until viable systems and organizations have been put in place. That could mean being a skilled business person who starts and runs businesses, but it doesn't have to. Has never worked very well for me to focus on money first, for one thing. Seems to be my lot to do good things that need doing and that leaves the world a little better, and then monetary resources and monetary rewards are a side-issue to that. Shouldn't stop me from being an entrepreneur, though. But it would be more in the social entrepreneur direction. Creating things that makes the world work a little better for people. I'm certainly not going to be the MLM type who pushes products I don't care about. Can't do that. But I wouldn't mind becoming comfortably wealthy.

And, now, there are some ways that successful entrepreneurs, business people and social change activists would tend to think differently from your average 9-5 employee/worker person. The employee thinking is that you need to look good and do good work, and improve your skills and image so that you'll be more acceptable, and to always jockey for position so that you will look acceptable for a job higher in the hierarchy. Whereas the successful entrepreneur is more likely to look at what resources could be available and what one might do with them. And he'll have some kind of drive that will get him to keep at it until something works. Which might include changing strategies or environment or positioning or resources along the way, until it works. Whereas the employee person tends towards trying to keep things stable within a set environment.

Many successful business people and self-made millionaires seem surprisingly to be not as smart as one might expect. Their initial idea might be mediocre. Like "sell my homemade cookies in the mall". But somehow they commit themselves to making it work, persuade others to go along with it, solve the problems that come up, adjust some details along the way. And once you're a 100 million dollar company everybody will think it was a brilliant idea. But what made it happen often isn't really the brilliance of the idea. Rather that it is a good idea, and somebody figures out how to make it happen and sticks with it. Often somebody who doesn't know that it isn't a brilliant idea, or who doesn't know it is impossible.

I have done quite a few things that could have been the basis for a viable business or other type of viable organization. And I've been quite successful in several different arenas. And it is not like I haven't started good things that people sometimes were very happy with. But in a weird way I've always tended towards doing it more as a worker than as an entrepreneur. I do have certain leadership qualities, but usually in the sense that I inspire something to happen, and maybe take charge in solving a particular problem, but then I usually expect to sort of disappear and go back to work. Which gets me in trouble once in a while. I'll have to figure out how to apply my own particular style and skills towards successful ventures.

An entrepreneur type of person is of course not just sitting waiting to be discovered, or just trying to do whatever is thrown his way. He'll go out and find opportunities, try to make them work, and if he keeps at it, some of them might actually work. But he's creating something new, bringing together the resources for making it happen, and testing it on the universe.

I'm sort of trying to convince myself. Really, I'd much rather that I could just sit around and do my own thing, and the universe would just support me. And sometimes jobs feel like that. You just show up and the paycheck arrives every two weeks, no matter what you actually accomplish, within certain limits. So, I'm trying to overcome my own inertia and think differently. Trying not to be a perfectionist would probably be a good start.

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23 Jan 2004 @ 02:17 by jstarrs : I'm right in there, at...
...the moment - finishing a salaried work (today!) and seeing what qualities I can offer and live from (website translation from french to english, web design etc).
Seems, at the moment, that the best way is to put together a one-man company (Eurl) for 1 euro! Since I have all the things I need to work from home (computor etc) I don't need an investment and so, no loan from the bank).
Mainly seeing how I can 'sell' my services for something someone else needs and could benefit from.
I'd love it all just to fall from the sky but I'm sure I'd end up frustrated from no challenge to what I might be able to do!  

23 Jan 2004 @ 02:36 by shawa : AinĀ“t it ironic!
Ming, and to think that NCN may be one of your biggest successes! The cinch is...Are u aware of that ?... ;-)
Think DIFFERENTLY...about NCN!

23 Jan 2004 @ 06:10 by lugon @ : useful blind spots?
shawa: probably Ming has a blind spot here, which may be useful for the people who will benefit from his next thing?

Honestly, blind spots of this kind may not be too useful. It may take what Edward de Bono calls "yellow hat thinking" (we might call it "optimistic perception") to realise what you can do to move forward and create that which you have vaguely in mind.

I like the bit about being ... how do you put it? ... "But I wouldn't mind becoming comfortably wealthy".

Also, you're asking others here - and I for one am willing to listen to replies!  

23 Jan 2004 @ 06:36 by ming : Blind spots
Yeah, I tend to have some kind of blind spots regarding my successes and the potentials of what I've done. Well, I often make ambitious plans, and sometimes make them happen. But I don't always take them where they could go.

And, yes, {link:http://www.newciv.org|NCN}, despite some shortcommings, should be regarded as a success in many ways. And since it isn't going away in any way, it has potential for taking it further in various directions.  

23 Jan 2004 @ 06:37 by ming : French company
Jeff, I gotta hear about what you found out about the 1 euro company. Is a EURL differnt from a SARL? And I'd like to find out better how it works with social security when one is doing that.  

23 Jan 2004 @ 06:55 by weltgeist @ : se-link
{link:http://www.ashoka.org/|www.ashoka.org} sponsors social entrepreneurs around the world. originating in india, it now brings "social development aid" to europe and the u.s.,
some 800+ profiles of how to somewhere in their website...  

24 Jan 2004 @ 04:44 by jstarrs : Ming?
I'll try & get over to see you next week, since I'm more free and let youknow what I've come up with, so far.
I'll be seeing a friend Monday, who does 'freelance' journalistic work (pigiste) to see how the formalities compare with the 1 euro Eurl (not the same as a Sarl).
Weltgeist? Bill Drayton sounds like a woonderful guy!  

25 Jan 2004 @ 20:35 by FreedomBuilder @ : Try this...
Ming, go do a Landmark Forum! It's the best (kineseologically tested) way to create sweeping breakthoughs in your way of being, and therefore, life.

See: {link:http://www.landmarkeducation.com/event_search_results.jsp?top=23]Landmark in France}  

26 Jan 2004 @ 05:53 by ming : Landmark
I've considered doing Landmark, and I might. I've done several other things like it, but it keeps getting rave recommendations.  

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