I can’t say I have never thought about the difference between a businessman/woman and an entrepreneur, I have. However, I have never had a good answer to exactly what the difference is; until now that is.
Let’s start off with the obvious, dictionary definitions of both starting with businessperson. According to dictionary.com definition, a businessperson is: “a person regularly employed in business, exp. a white-collar worker, executive, or owner”.
Fair enough. Now let’s compare to an entrepreneur.
A dictionary definition entrepreneur is: “a person who organizes or manages a business, usually with considerable initiative and risk; one who undertakes”.
I’m not sure about that. It almost sounds as if that definition was written by a businessperson, and let’s be honest it most likely was. I personally, and feel free to differ, disagree with the dictionary definition of entrepreneur. To be an entrepreneur you must possess one thing that a businessperson does not, and that is passion.
Passion cannot be outwardly measured the way money can because it is a feeling within; a need to change your outward world in a positive way. Money cannot be a passion in the same way a toy itself can’t BE happiness. They are distinctly separate entities and in most cases when an individual labels money as a ‘passion’ they are most likely confusing it with obsession.
If you find yourself disagreeing with this post, before you write it off, I urge you to contemplate two things. One) if you are a mislabeled entrepreneur take a moment and think if what you are doing is your true passion and two) if you have never considered yourself an entrepreneur ask yourself one thing. Do you feel a need to change something, a need to upset the status quo? If so, then today is your first day of entrepreneurship. Congratulations!
Until next time buyers, sellers and friends!
Josh ^theLVD Weaver