I used to aspire to change the dictionary definition of the word entrepreneur: from somebody who starts and operates a business, to somebody with innovative ideas who works endlessly to execute them until they are brought to fruition.

Over the last couple years, I’ve learned the difference between what it means to be an entrepreneur vs. being entrepreneurial. Entrepreneurs take on an immense amount of risk, significantly higher than those who do not own and operate their businesses.

While entrepreneurs are not necessarily better at business, they do face difficulties and challenges that are unique to running and growing businesses.

For example, our company made more revenue and profit at our inception with a couple clients and one employee then we do now with several clients and ten employees. However, I wouldn’t change it for the world – I believe in the artists we are building, the premium service offering we are providing, and the mission my team is achieving together. We see immense potential for the future and have an ambitious plan for how to get there – This is the journey we are on and leading my team is what being an entrepreneur is about.

If I could describe the life of an entrepreneur in 90 seconds, I couldn’t do it better than this video by Patrick Bet-David:

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Tranque
January 13, 2018 10:37 pm

Having been in business for a large chunk of my adult life, being an entrepreneur allows me, without a second thought, to fly all the way from Japan to see Grace Vanderwaal perform at the Troubadour in LA, and then fly across the country to see her again at Irvine Plaza in NYC. (Both shows absolutely fantastic, btw!) All the years it took to get to this point and all the crazy times (well described in this video!) seem like nothing but dim memories. But through it all, I can say that one shouldn’t focus on becoming a successful entrepreneur primarily for the things you’ll “get” — but perhaps more importantly for the person you’ll become as you go through the process. All that said, for most of us, there is not final “finish line” as the environment of business — hand in hand with Government — is always throwing little (and sometimes HUUUGE) grenades in your path that are continually needing to be overcome. This process can be torturous at times, and certainly separates the true entrepreneurs from the pretenders, but if you learn from it, it can result in a lot of personal growth.

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