My Mom instilled a sense of independence that has stayed with me. And I don't mean the I-N-D-E-P-E-N-D-E-N-T like Webbie but rather the ability to think and the freedom to act on my terms.
You see, my dad and sister were both geniuses, especially when it came to math. As for me, let's say I had to find my way.
My mother recognized my creativity early on and told my father and sister to stop trying to teach me "their way" because I learned differently.
She recognized early that I was a creative, and if she could teach me to think and have confidence in my thoughts, I would excel. And boy, was she ever right.
In the business game, there's no right or wrong way. There is only your way, but you must decide who you are and the lane you're in early.
Usually, business owners fall into 2 categories: Intrapreneurship and Entrepreneurship.
What is an Intrapreneur?
Being an intrapreneur is like being the Beyoncé of the business world. It means you're a visionary, a risk-taker, and a game-changer, all while playing by the company's rules. You apply your entrepreneurial spirit and forward-thinking to your job, constantly developing new ideas and products within the confines of your current role.
And the icing on the cake? You get to reap all the rewards without the high-stakes, make-or-break gamble of starting your own business. So, if you want to be the boss of bosses and make a name for yourself without all the risk, becoming an intrapreneur is definitely the way to go.
What is an Entrepreneur?
An entrepreneur is no ordinary Joe or Jane. They're gamechanger design, launch, and run their business, starting from scratch.
These trailblazers are the ultimate innovators, constantly developing new ideas for services, goods, and businesses. They take on all the risks and hurdles of building a new business, but guess what? They also get to bask in all the sweet, sweet rewards. It's not rocket science, folks - they've just figured out how to monetize the most authentic version of themselves and the life they choose to live.
This is me.
This sense of individuality and creativity led me down the path of entrepreneurship, the kind of entrepreneur who builds and grows a business with soul, creativity, and love.
I've been an entrepreneur and business owner for more than 17 years.
When I started my first business, I knew I wanted to create something truly mine. I didn't want to follow in the footsteps of those who had come before me but to carve out my path. And the only way to do that was to put a little bit of myself into everything I did.
Being a creative entrepreneur isn't always easy. It takes a lot of hard work and determination to succeed in a world that often celebrates instant gratification over creativity. Because sometimes creativity can take time to be understood.
But the rewards are immeasurable for those willing to put themselves out there, take risks and explore new ideas.
When I started my first business, a daycare, I knew I wanted to create something that would positively impact me and reflect who I was-set me apart from other business owners.
One of my favorite examples of a creative entrepreneur is Elon Musk. This man has built an empire based on his vision of a better future for all of us. He didn't start Tesla, SpaceX, and The Boring Company purely for the money. He did it to create something that would positively impact the world. And that's exactly what he's doing.
Another example of a creative entrepreneur is Oprah Winfrey. Oprah created a talk show and media empire to empower women, promote self-improvement, and inspire positive change. She built her empire based on her own experiences and values.
These two individuals are just a few examples of how creativity, love, and soul can be infused into entrepreneurship. And it's not just limited to the big names – many small business owners are doing amazing things in their communities through their unique personalities and creative ideas.
Being a creative entrepreneur is more than just about making money or gaining recognition. It's about putting something of yourself into your work and creating a business that reflects your values and way of life. It's about taking risks and pushing boundaries, even in adversity. And it's about using your skills and experiences to impact the world positively. So, if you're considering starting a business, consider the kind of business owner you want to be.
Let me know in the comments. Are you an Intrapreneur or an Entrepreneur?