Starting a company is easy. Sure, you need a bit of capital, rent some office space, register your business, find your first customers. Clearly, there is work to be done, but if done step by step, none of it is difficult.
Entrepreneurs hate the world
What is difficult is being an entrepreneur. Being an entrepreneur means so much more than just building a company from scratch.
As an entrepreneur, you need a vision. You need to be the kind of person who looks at our society and sees its imperfections. You need to see problems that others either don’t even recognise or don’t bother with. If you think like an entrepreneur, there is a part of you that hates the world you live in, because you envision how much better it could be. And then you make it your job to turn this vision into reality. Nobody tells you to, no boss is looking over your shoulder. As an entrepreneur you work because you have a problem at hand and you feel destined to solve it.
Entrepreneurs are artists
This requires more than just business wit. In fact, business wit is the least of your problems. Running a business is a skill like any other, you can learn it. For creating a business on the other hand, you need to be an artist. Just like a painter or a sculptor, the entrepreneur creates something out of nothing. A business is to the entrepreneur merely what the brush is to the painter and the chisel to the sculptor: a tool he uses to create the art he envisions.
With this in mind, it should by now be apparent that entrepreneurship can’t forced. Just like any great art, it needs to come from a place within. Deep within. You cannot set out to start a company. Rather, it needs to find you. You need to go through the world with open eyes, take it in with all your senses, and wait for the muse to kiss you.
Don’t start companies for the wrong reasons. Consider what Charles Bukowski said about the art of writing:
Unless it comes out of
your soul like a rocket,
unless being still would
drive you to madness or
suicide or murder,
don’t do it.
The same applies for entrepreneurship. If you don’t feel that way about your business idea, don’t do it.
Are you an entrepreneur?
If on the other hand you do have a genuine vision to change the world for the better; if you do see yourself a creator rather than a businessman; if you do feel ready to go through the tedious process of incremental progress that every artist faces; then there is no question that you will become an entrepreneur anyway. No other job would satisfy you, no other profession would allow you to embrace your creativity fully.
If you feel like there is a product to be created; a service to be offered; a problem to be solved. And if you feel like you are the only one who has the creativity, the vision and the bravery to do so – then, and only then, are you ready to call yourself an entrepreneur.