One of the perennial questions that hits many student entrepreneurs’ mind these days is: whether to continue with the entrepreneur’s hat or to wear the employee’s shirt?
This question becomes even more significant in an era and in a country which is seeing noteworthy success in the world of start-up.
But is entrepreneurship all about parenting one’s own business or has it a far deeper significance?
How does one identify the norms of entrepreneurship?
A few reflections on this question could help us explore the inmost core of entrepreneurship.
Being Entrepreneurial: Unleashing Your Highest Potential
Starting up is not entrepreneurship, but keeping the entrepreneurial spirit alive every day is.
Whether you are a start-up owner, intrapreneur (a changemaker within an established firm), or an employee, the key is to live an entrepreneurial life.
As a matter of fact, the success story of a start-up is deeply linked to the combination of an entrepreneurial employer and an entrepreneurial employee.
To live such a life you have to be connected to a higher goal.
In fact, many admirable figures in the leadership realm are apt examples of the entrepreneurial spirit–Jack Welch of GE, Vineet Nayar of HCL, Deepak Parekh of HDFC Bank, and KV Kamath of ICICI Bank, to name a few.
All of them kept their entrepreneurial spirit intact even as they worked in conventional industries. Hence, in a way, they were ‘entrepreneurs’.
And if you are led to wondering what college has got to do with helping you connect to your entrepreneurial spirit, the answer could lie in the opportunities that you may encounter.
Many lose out on these opportunities due to a lack of entrepreneurial spirit.
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Are you asking the ‘Entrepreneurial Questions’?
KV Kamath of ICICI Bank once stated:
“To build a successful business, you have to be able to pick entrepreneurs very early, and get them embedded into the business. They need to go out into the ecosystem, demonstrate their abilities, nurture the business and build it up.”
Entrepreneurship, then, has very less to do with starting up than with asking yourself the following questions:
How do I engage with my ecosystem?
How do I nurture business?
How do I build it up?
How do I Start on an Entrepreneurial Career?
An entrepreneurial career spans across products, markets and job roles.
They are most authentically the ones that gets the sweat and blood out of you!
Here are a few directions:
Look to work for entrepreneurs
Look to catalyse small business
Look to enable friends who have start-up ventures
Look to become useful co-founders
Look to work under experienced entrepreneurs
Look for entrepreneurial roles—which involve risks
Look to challenge yourself and learn, especially in industries like biotechnology, food products, and social enterprises