Entrepreneurship comes in many flavors and sizes and shapes, but there is one constant: the entrepreneur. Entrepreneurs are a different breed. We just don’t think like “regular people.” There is a certain something that sets us apart and that is what makes entrepreneurship so special. This difference in the make-up and mindset of entrepreneurs was brought to my attention when I went to open a savings account for my 8-year-old.
My daughter had $100 in checks she got for Christmas. She wanted to get a bank account. I figured it would be a good lesson in the ways of money, plus she is old enough to have her own savings account. On New Year’s Eve, we went to our local bank.
Bankers don’t know about Entrepreneurship
We sat down with a customer service representative from the bank to open my daughter’s account. There were forms to sign and questions to answer. Since my daughter is only 8, I had to answer the questions. One question they ask when opening a bank account is “what is your occupation?” I said to the lady, “you wouldn’t believe it if I told you.” She, in her sort of banker’s officiousness, said, “tell me anyway.”
I told her I eat hot dogs and watch TV. She said “you do WHAT?” Then I explained myself. And this is where I realized this woman would never be an entrepreneur. She wanted to know where she could get a job like mine!
The simple fact is, there are no jobs like mine. I created this “job” from my passions, interests, and talents. Nobody hires people to do exactly what I do. If they did, my bank representative friend would be first in line to apply, but I doubt she’d ever have the creativity or guts to strike out on her own and create a business or job for herself.
This is not a knock on her character; she seemed very nice and the world needs bankers too. The thing this woman didn’t have is the mindset for entrepreneurship. Her first instinct is to think “where can I get a job doing that?” An entrepreneur’s first instinct is to think “how can I do this better and make money at it?”
Talk to most entrepreneurs and, when asked why they started their business, they’ll answer with something like “I love what I do and I love creating.” They’ll say it in many different ways, but it boils down to that. Entrepreneurship is a mindset. Either you have it or you don’t. It really is that simple.