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Aug272010

Entrepreneur--Just Add Passion

Kim Lavine

I asked my ten year old son the other day if he knew what an entrepreneur was.

He answered: “Somebody who follows their dreams.” I asked him who his hero was. He said it was me. I asked him why. He said it was because I follow my dreams.

 

If you look up the word in the dictionary, the definition of entrepreneur is simply “one who organizes, manages and assumes the risks of a business or enterprise.”

Funny, it doesn’t say “hero” anywhere.

I don’t see the word “dream” either, but I think the definition would be just as true if you replaced the words “business” or “enterprise” with “dream.”

I’ve spent a good portion of the last year listening to the best and brightest from the highest levels of local government, business and academia, trying to figure out how to turn people into entrepreneurs, because the Michigan economy is desperately in need of risk-taking idealists who have some irrational passion coupled with a visionary idea that could just as easily be qualified as crazy—to start new businesses.

The opinion of all these very smart people was that being an entrepreneur has more to do with growing up in affluent homes, with access to lots of information and resources coupled with great private educations than not. If that’s true, why are 70% of the people who are starting businesses in Michigan born in countries other than the US? Nobody’s living large like Americans!

The truth is, entrepreneurs aren’t born—or born into conditions that make you entrepreneurial. Entrepreneurs aren’t born—they’re made. And it’s really simple.

Entrepreneurs are optimistic

 

But we’re born into a pessimistic world. Being optimistic is not natural in this world, it’s a learned response. Teach yourself to be optimistic! That’s the secret in a nutshell. It’s a lesson straight out of Mommy Millionaire: “A person will achieve success in direct proportion to his ability to let go of negativity in favor of all that is positive. Being negative is easy; being positive is what’s hard. Be a positive, big picture person, always striving to work for the highest good of all parties involved, and you can’t help but succeed.”

Entrepreneurs are risk takers

But nobody is born wanting to take risks! Risk-taking is a learned response. The only way you can evaluate risk is to evaluate reward. Teach yourself to see reward. See it in the morning when you get up, and in the evening when you go to bed. See it when you look in your kids faces at 2pm on a school day for a school party, see it in your business plan’s exit strategy, see it as the hope, dream or aspiration that reward is for you—not just money—every minute of your work day.

Entrepreneurs are passionate

An Excerpt from MOMMY MILLIONAIREBut you’re not born passionate. Being passionate is a learned response. This world is jealous of passionate people. We’re taught early to go to school, get good grades, get a good degree then a good job with a good title in a good career track. Becoming an entrepreneur means learning to value ideas and passion over degrees and job titles. It means stepping out of everything you were taught and redefining success in your own terms. It means boasting unapologetically about your ideas, about your kids, and it means not being afraid to be enthusiastic when the whole world is telling you you’re crazy.

Don’t only be these things—Teach these things!

Teach them to your kids. Be optimistic, passionate, and a risk taker, and teach your kids to be positive, big-picture people who are smart and confident enough to redefine success on their own terms. Be funny and loving and give praise more than often then you take it away to your kids and everybody else’s kids you come in contact with. Learn to see opportunity all around you to make the world a better, or prettier, or kinder, or easier place and have the courage and the passion to face the challenge and get it done.  

Remember you’re  human—not superhuman—and you  need love and encouragement and affirmation too. So the next time you’re feeling down in your daily battle to pick yourself up, ask your kids—the nearest, dearest source of all positive affirmation and love in your life: “Who’s the best mom in the world?” If you taught them right, they’ll answer you: “You’re the best mom in the world!”

ABOUT KIM LAVINE: As the best-selling author of MOMMY MILLIONAIRE and THE MOMMY MANIFESTO, Kim Lavine has transformed the lives of millions by sharing advice and encouragement on The Today Show, Rachel Ray, NBC & ABC news, CNN, CNBC, FOX, NPR, Oprah & Friends Radio Network, LifetimeTV.com, and featured in USA Today, Country Living, Guideposts, Women's World, and American Baby to name a few. Kim is on a mission to empower people to follow their dreams, inspiring them with hope, honesty and faith. Read more...

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