Reality is often seen by many in a pessimistic light. We all strive for better things, aiming towards a better future. We lead some aspect of our reality with a pessimistic outlook on the impact we can make.
The problem is time, we don’t have enough of it and even if we did or do we can struggle to bring ourselves to use it in the ways that we should. There is always something “better,” to do than that thing that we should be doing.
For the vast majority of people the future can be a bleak or simply one dimensional place. When we are at home we enjoy time with family, but we perhaps dread going into the office on Monday. When we are at work we may similarly wish to avoid a familiar personal conflict and hence we bury ourselves in work. In either situation we can only describe such actions as being unbalanced to some degree.
The question is what is it that can bring an entrepreneur to shape the future for those round them or go further still and shape the future for those outside of their direct influence. The answers can come from a wide number of perspectives.
Entrepreneurs are generally dogged work machines who enjoy nothing else than spending the small hours tweaking an idea for some benefit often only identified by themselves.
Entrepreneurs tend to think in different timeframes than the normal. Something that is short term for an entrepreneur could be 3-5 years of a lifetime. Often entrepreneurs will go through a number of evolutionary ages and change over the course of their lifetime. In personal development speak we would call this “visualisation,” it’s the core fundamental of why the paradox of optimism / pessimism work in the favour of those who endeavour, but is often missed as a core fundamental life lesson for many.
The idealism of an entrepreneur is no doubt paramount to their successful production of ideas. An entrepreneur may not be as intelligent or gifted as another, but they tend to have the foresight and fanatical idealism that brings them to champion ideas that others merely pass through and adopt passively.
From a negative sounding but positive outcome point of view an entrepreneur tends to have a number of other facilities that enable them to operate in a way that can shift the perception of reality for others.
As entrepreneurs grow they adapt to learn the ability to kill ideas quick. This could be as organic as judging the physical reaction of a peer in a conversation and learning to change the topic or it could be as planned as judging the possible outcomes from a pitch or argument and handling theoretical objections.
Entrepreneurs plan reality. Entrenepenur can have limited or significant personal ability in executing their ideas but there is no doubt that the most effective and successful of entrepreneurs are those that can enable and facilitate others to see their vision and to execute it.
Entrepreneurs share vision and enthusiasm. What greater achievement could there be for any entrepreneur than to hear a staff member repeat their part in the picture verbatim and understand fully the impact they have and will make on the dreams of the organisation.
Jobs perhaps the archetypal entrepreneur went further in his achievement to have customers share vision and his iconoclasm has laid down a path for other entrepreneurs to follow in the ultimate search for the perfection of the art.
Icons and symbols work as metaphorical tools. Simplification makes for accessibility and understanding so each of us who has an idea needs to make it simple and accessible at the most fundamental level. Simplicity does not make our projects easily repeatable, after all it is our personal flair that builds the vision of a new and exciting idea.
Jobs made design the fundamental “Soul,” of his ideas, take a concept and make it your soul, breath life and soul into it making it real.
Never be afraid to fail, perhaps the strongest of all entrepreneurial traits is a love and reflection from failure. We all do it but some admit it more than others. An entrepreneur will learn from every activity they are involved in. A microcosm of concepts realities and ideas can be mixed in. Whether it is a slap in the face from saying the wrong thing to a partner, or getting a lower grade than intended in an exam due to a fundamental flaw in understanding of a concept we should all embrace failure, and ensure we learn from it.
Making new mistakes every day is part of what makes us human, fragile and beautiful, making the same ones each day removes the beauty of life and makes it stale. Christian values would dictate a need for learning and self-improvement. Secular values need to reinforce this stand point if the every day person is to get ahead and swallow their own pride and embarrassment from their mistakes in order to learn from them and become truly fulfilled.
There is a little entrepreneur in each of us. Often those who succeed in having vision become reality, the ultimate goal of any entrepreneur are not perhaps the most intelligent or the most driven but those that have found the correct balance in life in order to identify when to try and when to give up. The ultimate realisation of fulfilment after all is succeeding in a way that drives the world forward, in a way that bends reality forever.
Whatever the goal inside or outside of business each of us bitten by the bug will continue our search for perfection.
The guidance I can give, find a goal and focus on it until it’s achieved. Do this for you and seek it for your own sake. Make it happen! never give up! If the idea changes and you change don’t be scared to change with the tide. Enjoy life and learn a little every day.