Now, we been talking a lot about Entrepreneur and lotsa hashtags in regards to Entrepreneurship. Being an entrepreneur also demands, I guess, understanding the term also in itself is a sure start.
Consider the following two definitions of “entrepreneur”: one found in Merriam-Webster’s dictionary, the other from Dictionary.com.
The difference is subtle, but fundamental: It’s the word “any.”
Dictionary.com has it right: Entrepreneurs, in the purest sense, are those who identify a need—any need—and fill it. It’s a primordial urge, independent of product, service, industry or market.
The African economy needs all kinds of entrepreneurs—from coders to industrialists—in order to close its widening fiscal hole. But the relentless, seek-and-solve breed is our salvation. They are the ones forever craning their necks, addicted to “looking around corners” and “changing the world.”
This is the true essence of entrepreneurship: Define, invest, build, repeat. “It’s just balls-out fun,” crowed Steve Spoonamore, serial entrepreneur and founder of ABSMaterials.
“There are people who love to sail the ocean or climb mountains, and more power to them—but it’s nowhere near as interesting as taking a technology nobody has heard of, finding a market for it and launching it to your customers. That’s satisfying.”
I remember my first brush with true entrepreneurship, though I didn’t know it at the time. Basically my need to become one was not even definitive at the start. I needed cash, my family needed cash, i had no clue about the nitty gritty details that I now know but something had to be exchanged for cash. with no structure or plan i still made business, which, in this part of the world ‘making ends meet’ is like going to the moon.
One time i remember my mum said to me “Since you are so good at selling stuff, would you mind selling for me that sewing machine?”
well, how about that, with no skill i did. Later on in life, my dad decided to sell his goats for some ‘business’ venture, feeling guilty that he had wads of cash in his hand and i had none he asked me what i wanted, then swiftly i told him, “I want to Paint Stuff and sell” take it, i was no artist, I had no idea what i actually would paint but i settled my art on abstract art, since it had no form (convincing myself) i put my best foot forward.
Now few year later, i do web development, design and recently just finished oracle DBA and looking forward to designing better databases for applications and programs.
I’m pretty sure true entrepreneurship can’t be taught. I do hope it can be encouraged.
We need it, more than ever.