April 24, 2015
A certain degree of freedom attends entrepreneurship. Entrepreneurship gives people the liberty to do more than just work from home if they want to; entrepreneurship is more than just being your own “boss.” Entrepreneurship is about taking the reins of your life, steering your destiny in a direction of your own choosing, and doing it your way.
Entrepreneurship can manifest itself in extraordinarily diverse ways. Whether you’re more Richard Branson or more Mark Zuckerberg, you can do your thing and be successful. As an entrepreneur, you can do business internationally, or stick to your own backyard. Whatever your focus, however you approach entrepreneurship, and wherever you take your business, you have the freedom to choose what risks to take and how to manage them to maximize the reward you expect to receive for your investment.
Of course, “with freedom comes responsibility,” as Eleanor Roosevelt said. (Roosevelt, E. (2011). You learn by living: Eleven keys for a more fulfilling life. New York, NY: Harper Perennial.) for business owners, the freedom of entrepreneurship comes with the responsibility of complying with myriad laws, regulations, and taxes. The irony of community is that we all need support to maintain our independence.
Each entrepreneur’s support team should include, at a minimum, an accountant and a business attorney. With these knowledgeable allies, you will be far more equipped and prepared to focus on pursuing your purpose–the thing that made you realize the need, in your life, to become an entrepreneur in the first place.
After all, entrepreneurship is not merely freedom from a nine-to-five gig you do just to pay the bills. Entrepreneurship is not just “sticking it to the man” or going your own way for the sake of being a contrarian. Entrepreneurship is about freedom for a particular purpose–a purpose uniquely your own.
As you go throughout your day, today, keep in mind that purpose you have–that unique, driving force that originates in the intersection between passion, vocation, mission, and profession. Keep in mind, too, this question: I have freed myself for a purpose; am I pursuing it, and, if not, do I need to reach out for support so I can refocus on the purpose I was born to pursue?
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