We have it all wrong. The definition of an entrepreneur is not someone who owns their own business, or who works for themselves. An entrepreneur is a person who has passion, innovation, courage, and, most important, an entrepreneur is someone who wishes to make the world a better place. Entrepreneurs are people who were born to make a difference. And we were all born to make a difference.
The definition of entrepreneur on the site dictionary.com reads as:
1. a person who organizes and manages any enterprise, especially a business, usually with considerable initiative and risk.
2. an employer of productive labor; contractor.
I respectfully disagree. I don’t claim to be as smart as the people at dictionary.com, but I do claim that this definition was more than likely created by someone who has yet to tap into their entrepreneurial spirit and has no idea what it means to be a true entrepreneur. The definition is too simple. The definition itself, the words used to describe/define an entrepreneur lack flare and substance. No flare, no substance?? Come on!
Without flare and substance there is no way I would define you as an entrepreneur.
Yet, it’s not that easy. People are not born with traits as powerful as flare and substance. You don’t get these traits handed to you by living easy or taking the path that has already been cleared. Instead, you must be the one to clear the path for others. This is how I define entrepreneur. A business owner is a business owner. An entrepreneur is the innovative force that paves the road for other people to become business owners.
Entrepreneurs are more than business owners, they are humanitarians. They are people that have concern for or possess the deep desire to improve the welfare and happiness of all people. True entrepreneurs create programs, events, open their business, sell their product, hire others and provide opportunity. They are driven to work long hours and take risk that others would not because they truly believe that what they have to offer will increase the well-being of the people around them. On the other end of the spectrum, business owners see an opportunity from afar. They watch the entrepreneur clear the path of the unknown and become successful; then they, too, wish to be successful. The desire of success is what motivates people to open a business or franchise. Some business owners become financially successful, while entrepreneurs become emotionally fulfilled with or without the financial success.
The entrepreneurial spirit lies deep inside each of us. If you’re a business owner, a nine to five employee, stay-at-home parent, wonderer, young, old, franchise owner, in-between jobs, dreamer, visionary, bartender, educator, counselor, physician or movement teacher there is an entrepreneur spirit inside. The only way to tap into the spirit of entrepreneur humanitarian is to shut down the lower parts of your brain – the reptilian (survival) and monkey (functional) parts of the brain – and decide to move higher toward the empire builder part of the entrepreneur spirit. Whatever your goals may be, whether you want to open your own business, or if you’re already a business owner, the power of tapping into the higher brain, the higher self, through movement and meditation will change your life and the lives of the people around you.
The QiTopia Summer Camping Retreat for Entrepreneurs at Shambhala Mountain Center
is a weekend opportunity for all people, of all definitions, to experience. After a transformation weekend at Shambhala last month, I realized how important it is for everyone, including myself, whether you define yourself as an entrepreneur or not, to have the opportunity to tap deeper. There is more to us than our job definitions, and deep inside each of us, there is an entrepreneur/humanitarian that needs to be revealed to the world.
I don’t want you to quit your job, shut down your business, or change careers. What I want is for each of you to become the entrepreneur/humanitarian that I know you can be. Being an entrepreneur does not mean that you are business owner. You can be an employee and still be an entrepreneur. Being an entrepreneur means you are a person who wants to create change, positive change in the lives of others. An entrepreneur, just to name a few examples, are people who organize school functions for their children, create charity events to raise awareness about cancer, abuse, addiction and/or disease, innovative business owners, program leaders, yoga teachers and creators…the list goes on and on. Entrepreneurs are people who believe that there is more to life than how we currently function and they are people who truly wish to make a difference. The entrepreneur in each of us allows the opportunity for growth. It’s the entrepreneur spirit that helps to inspire, uplift, motivate and support the belief that our dreams and hopes can come true for a better future. An entrepreneur is someone who will change the world as we know it today…we were all born to be entrepreneurs.
Join me for this year’s QiTopia Summer Camping Retreat for Entrepreneurs August 21-23rd at Shambhala Mountain Center for two days of outdoor adventures, meditation, mobility and movement. Two days to shut off the sound and tune out the noise of everyday life. No wifi or cell service. No sound. Two days to quiet the reptilian and to calm the monkey. Two days to tap in. Two days to ignite creativity, compassion, innovation and courage. Two days away from it all. Two days to soak it in and to become a believer again. Two days.
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