What is entrepreneurship? In the traditional sense of the word, it is starting your own business; creating something out of nothing. To me it’s more than that, though. When most people think of an entrepreneur they think of someone in a suit and tie, perhaps in an office board meeting. In my little world, that’s not what it means to be an entrepreneur.
To me, being an entrepreneur is about freedom. It’s about not having to wake up to an alarm clock. It’s about wearing whatever you feel like, not an uncomfortable suit and tie. It’s about being your own boss, creating your own rules, and owning your own time. It’s about planning your work around your day, instead of planning your day around your work. And most of all, it’s about having the power to make your dreams come true.
When I was 12, I started my first business, writing a newsletter and selling copies for a quarter each. I was ridiculed by many of my classmates, but all the while I was gaining valuable business experience while enjoying my work.
At the age of 17 I watched a video that would change my outlook on careers completely. I learned how time is our most valuable resource, and that most of the population trades their time for money in order to make a living. This barter of time for dollars has its limits, as there are only so many hours in a day. Only by creating leverage from other people’s time and talent can one escape this “rat race” and transcend the time-for-money mentality.
After turning 20 I soon became financially independent and dropped out of college to be an entrepreneur full-time. I received a lot of criticism from friends and family for making this choice, but it did not stop me from trying to achieve my dreams.
Now I’m 26 and it’s hard to imagine what the future will hold. A few short years ago I ran around trying to preach to the world the advantages of being an entrepreneur, only to be ignored by most. Now I sit quietly watching the world go by, and think to myself that I must have done something right to get to where I am today.