If you’re like a lot of entrepreneurs, it can be difficult to stay optimistic. In fact, according to the Wells Fargo/Gallup Small Business Index, more small business owners were less optimistic as they looked forward to 2014. And most reported having very mixed expectations about the future of their business.
But what is an entrepreneur? And as a small business owner, how can you connect with the source of the entrepreneurial impulse?
The word “entrepreneur” has come with many definitions and connotations over the years. Earlier definitions of the word had a focus towards creating wealth. Entrepreneurs were viewed as people who started a business with a single objective in mind: to make money.
More recent definitions of entrepreneurship, however, include the perspective that entrepreneurs are people who are willing to take on greater than normal financial risk – not just to make money – but to become the master of their own destiny – identifying, developing and bringing their visions to life. “They see an opportunity and don’t feel constrained from pursuing it because they lack resources”.
Seeing opportunity in the absence of resources helps explain much of what differentiates entrepreneurial leaders from corporate managers. A recent blog from INC.com puts it like this:
“Every time you want to make any important decision, there are two possible courses of action. You can look at the array of choices that present themselves, pick the best available option and try to make it fit. Or, you can do what the true entrepreneur does: Figure out the best conceivable option and then make it available”. In short, entrepreneurs hold a worldview which includes a sense of optimism and the understanding that there is unlimited possibility available to each of us.
But how do you tap into that source of unlimited possibility?
This is the focus of a workshop we are offering to small businesses at Stonewall Resort on June 23-25. Amongst the rolling hills of Roanoke, West Virginia, Joseph Jaworski and I, along with our partners at the Inventio Group, will help you to discover the real challenges and opportunities facing you and why you should and can be optimistic about your business.
In this interactive Dialogue workshop, you will:
Discover the real opportunities and challenges facing your business.
Learn about tools that will help you identify and anticipate those challenges.
Reconnect with the reasons you build your business in the first place.
Understand and focus on what is most important to you.
Develop authentic, lasting relationships with other supportive entrepreneurs.