If someone is called an “entrepreneur” do you think they are any better than the average business owner?
To me the term “entrepreneur” brings up thoughts of successful, smart and wealthy people. I think thats wrong because there are many other successful, smart and wealthy business owners who don’t brand themselves with that term – so do we think any less of them? Maybe we do. Maybe we dismiss their success because the media has not branded them with entrepreneur status? Maybe they do not get the recognition they deserve from the community?
The media has a class categorisation system when talking about people doing their own thing: “entrepreneur” for those who have done exceedingly well such as Mark Zuckerberg, the Google guys, Richard Branson – for everyone else we get stamped with some other term such as ‘business owner’.
“Entrepreneur” reminds me of a mens smoking room like the ones you read about in old books – a ‘boys only’ club.
Whats worse is that some people self-brand themselves as entrepreneurs just because they left employee status. Some people, like myself, who run successful businesses for years never use the term entrepreneur when asked what they are.
Some entrepreneurs go from one business failure to another but since they can work the media into a PR frenzy they get stamped with that term.
So whats the issue?
I don’t really know – I just think we should drop the term as it sounds like we are breeding a class system that could alienate people from certain services, publicity, recognition, networks, ideas – whatever.
This post is a bit of a brain dump so I hope you got some value from reading it.