“a person who starts a business and is willing to risk loss in order to make money.” Notice there are two parts to the definition: starting a business AND risking loss. Anyone can announce a startup. But without truly investing yourself--time, money, energy, reputation--there is no risk. In fact, you're just a dreamer.
Steve Tobak, a contributor to Entrepreneur Magazine, says it bluntly: "Entrepreneur is not a job. Leader is not a job. Social media guru is not a job. If there’s no real expertise, no real product, no real business, no real risk, and no real prospect for return on investment, you’re not working. And you’re not an entrepreneur, either."
One of the criticisms of today's surge of self-declared "entrepreneurs" is that they really don't have careers, because they're basically unemployed. They have no incomes, and no real strategy to develop a company to sell a product or service. No profit equals no business. Period.
This is not meant to discourage you, but to motivate you to move toward genuine progress. Once you know what is NOT an entrepreneur, you can get a clear vision for your purpose and direction. You can begin your path to becoming a successful entrepreneur.
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