Can You Think Like An Entrepreneur?

Entrepreneurs of all ages start businesses and entrepreneurs of all ages don’t. To be an entrepreneur is to be creative and courageous and such qualities live in people whether or not they start in business. True entrepreneurship is a disposition as relevant to the individual as to a business.

The Age of Entrepreneurs

In today’s technology fevered world the workplace has transformed and the idea of employees acting as entrepreneur is gaining in popularity.

Whether you have started a business or work in a business the need to be entrepreneurial has never been more urgent.

Entrepreneurs are found in all organisations and in all areas of activity: some with many years of education and experience and some with little.

Entrepreneurial characteristics are found in all countries and flourish under all regimes even where freedom and free will are stifled.

Entrepreneurship has always been a global phenomenon and a driver of economies, as people’s resilience and resourcefulness fashion new businesses.

The phenomenon of entrepreneurship has gained in status in recent years and is now a common part of everyday conversation.

The media, TV, radio, newspapers, magazines, films and the internet all celebrate the achievements of entrepreneurs and praise their contribution to the economy and to society.

Entrepreneurship has transcended the narrow realms of business and is now relevant to individuals, as they adopt its characteristics to manage careers.

Changing Employment

People’s time at work used to focus on gaining experience, finding security and enjoying stability, which were often given as a reward for loyalty and longevity of service.

Employers hired and trained people for the jobs they wanted and invested in long-term professional training and personal development.

But work practices have changed and today’s career more often stems from a person’s ability to make things happen in a way that entrepreneurs do.

Employers recruit staff and expect them to have the skills they need for the job and to keep up-to-date with new topics and trends.

In such an environment the entrepreneur’s ability to learn, learn quickly and keep learning in non-traditional, non-linear and often haphazard ways is prized.

For many years, entrepreneurs were a little known species active only on the fringes of business but the current iteration of entrepreneurship has spread to engage a wider population.

The journey of the entrepreneur from rare oddity to saviour of the economy is extraordinary and reflects how traditional organisational hierarchies are crumbling.

The avalanche of disruption wrought by technology has forced us to think differently and one way to do so is to think like an entrepreneur.

SO, you may or may not be an entrepreneur who has started your own business but in today’s hyper-driven world of technology you have to think like one to get ahead.