Are We All Entrepreneurs?

There is a school of thought that suggests we are all entrepreneurs because we are born with the ability to be creative. That doesn’t mean we should all start a business but it does mean we all possess the basic building blocks of entrepreneurship.

In the beginning

Before society developed to be ruled by rafts of regulations we succeeded by finding enough food each day to feed our self and our family.

We lived by being enterprising and were in effect self-employed as we made our own decisions about what to do and how to survive.

Such an entrepreneurial existence changed over the ages as society civilized and the idea of working for someone else was embedded in our minds as a way to feed an ever-growing economy.

Working as an employee became the accepted norm as millions of people chose it to provide safety and security in an often volatile and unpredictable world.

Over the millennia most of us forgot how to be creative as the education system trained students to do what they were told; not least to fill factories with passive employees and armies with obedient soldiers.

Since then countless people have chosen employment rather than self-employment as the reward of working for someone else trumped the risk of working for one’s self.

Choosing to be an entrepreneur was seen as a frightening option and the idea of starting a business was often frowned upon by the establishment and the already established.

Times are changing

But times have changed and the social contract between employer and employee is wilting, as the supply of secure, well-paid jobs falls to a trickle.

Fewer long-term jobs are available as the balance of part-time and flexible arrangements tilt to favour the employer rather than the employee in the so-called ‘gig-economy’.

One response to such change is to reconnect with the creative side of our brains to identify and take advantage of new business opportunities.

Regardless of what we do or where we work we can be more entrepreneurial; whether or not that leads directly to starting a business.

In reality, we need to be more creative in our thinking and more entrepreneurial in our actions as the workplace changes and rewards flexibility.

Today, there is, luckily, an array of help available to entrepreneurs, unlike the situation faced by our ancestors as they first foraged to find food.

The starting point lies in our attitude and outlook and in how we apply the skills we have to the changes taking place around us.

Being creative doesn’t always mean being entrepreneurial and being entrepreneurial doesn’t always mean starting a business.

But it does mean seeing opportunities and honing our ability to turn them into profitable ideas and products.

So, in our minds and in our bones we are all entrepreneurs even if we haven’t practiced the creative art for the last few thousand years.