Entrepreneurship is abstract, like for example parenting is, and here is my view on what it really is about deep below the surface.
The dictionary says that an entrepreneur is “a person who sets up a business or businesses, taking on financial risks in the hope of profit.”. A “person who pursues opportunity”, another one says. I find that as pleasing definition as the sky is “the space over the Earth where the sun, moon, stars, and clouds appear”.
I like to view entrepreneurs as people who feel the urge to change the world by innovating their way out of an observed frustration, figuring out how to make money along the way.
So, an entrepreneur is an “innovator” (in the broadest sense of the word) who also by clever play or chance became a “businessperson”.
Looking back at my career there is another thing that I would like to observe at this point. The hardest thing about being an entrepreneur is not coming up with an idea, or growing the business, or hiring the best people, or dealing with competition, or working the sleepless nights…
The hardest thing about being an entrepreneur is actually becoming one in the first place – by initiating the change of mindset, that “click” in the head, one which allows the person to jump off the regular tracks of life, freeing their mind to endless possibilities of their own, mostly unlimited, potential as a human being.
Once past that phase, they already obtained the crucial skill and everything else is really “just” hard work.