I recently watched a short video interviewing individuals with the question: Are Entrepreneurs Born or Bred? I listened… and I know something different in and for my Self.
I believe that entrepreneurship and leadership are not about owning and operating business, but are, instead, critical attributes of individual creative force by which we carve out our unique worlds. Unending curiosity is key to it all. Whether, I work with/for others OR I work for my Self, alone/with others, am I willing to continually push the edges of my own already-created reality to become more? The potential for curiosity, creating, leading and being enterprising IS innate to our essential nature; it IS our birthright. Therefore, I believe that we are all born with entrepreneurial spirit.
I know lots of business owners, who believe that owning business means being entrepreneurial. Not so… not by a long shot! So many of these folks have just bought themselves another job, hoping that their experience of life will be different, yet remaining hamstrung by the cultural conditioning of their own beliefs, values and attitudes, entrenched through intergenerational modelling. Been there, done that. Now, I choose differently; I am awake to my past history of external referencing and the strategies that found fuel in that.
Being entrepreneurial is to create is to lead. It is a state of mind, a state of being. It’s potential is inherent to each of us. The breeding [the expansion] of that potential has everything to do with our individual willingness to exercise our right to choose and to act on our own behalves. It is only then, that we become the invitations for others to awaken and reclaim their own inherent, entrepreneurial spirits.
Being entrepreneurial is not an outcome. Rather, it is an infinite process of finite beginnings and endings. One’s willingness to choose and to create… and to choose and to create, again… and again… and again…are what feed and nourish the process.
Being entrepreneurial is the process of Self discovery in the process of Self selection. It takes great courage to conceive, create, generate and sustain what lights me up, when others, especially the experts in their fields, are vocally and, sometimes, vociferously hell bent that what I am choosing to undertake for my Self is wrong. Well, I allow that they get to be right about it being right or wrong for them. However, it is not about them. I am the only one who can be right about any of it being right or wrong for me.
I know that being entrepreneurial means digging deep inside, where I live, for the courage that, in the moment, I am not even sure is there… yet it is.
I know that being entrepreneurial means staying present to my Self in the immediate inhale of my experience and the resulting exhale of whom I have become – in that breath, that moment – in my world.
I know that being entrepreneurial means that I am fully responsible for my own life and the quality of it… that, even in the most dire of circumstances, I know that I am at cause for the effects in my life…that I create it all… even the stuff I can’t stand. And, because I know that I create it all, I can create and manifest differently. And, because I create it all, I can stop blaming my Self.
Yes, we are born entrepreneurial. Respect, integrity and generosity of spirit is what invites and allows the essence of that nature to prosper; that is were the notion being bred lies.
Being entrepreneurial means that I know I can stand alone… and I know, deep inside, that I am never alone. This invites my own inalienable trust of my Self… my intuition, my instincts. In that trust, my curiosity, creativity and courage bloom… and I become more.
For me, being entrepreneurial is me becoming/reclaiming more of my Self for/in myself. Creating business, which is both meaningful and sustainable, is simply one expression of that becoming.
There are lots of entrepreneurs and there are lots of business owners. One does not mean the other. However, when the two are inextricably aligned, sparks fly and magic happens!