Entrepreneur or Small Business Owner?

Recently I read an article that pretty much stopped me dead in my tracks.  The content of the article gave me an expanded version of my interpretation of the term “entrepreneur” and gave me cause for some additional self-examination.

One definition of the term “entrepreneur” I studied basically alluded to a person who began an undertaking related to business and accepts responsibility for its outcome.  A new perspective was presented dealing with entrepreneurship by Austrian economist Joseph Schumpeter.  Schumpeter in his definition focuses on innovation; dealing with new products, manufacturing procedures, markets and methods of organization.

Author Bill Crosby in his article “A Basic Understanding of Entrepreneurship” states that a difference exists in entrepreneurial ventures and small business  with regard to the amount of wealth that is created, the speed at which the wealth is created, amount of risk involved as well as the magnitude of innovation.

Seeing this new (at least new for me) take on the concept of being an entrepreneur made me take a stronger look at what I was doing.  It was somewhat disturbing to say the least to think that my view of being an entrepreneur could be inaccurate.  If I compared myself to Bill Gates, Donald Trump, Sir Richard Branson and Warren Buffett, I would rank as a proverbial nobody.

But one thing cannot be denied and that is the internal presence of a spirit the drives me to do new and great things.  Yes, money is a factor but I also look to the good that can come about as a result of the money.  In addition, the sense of pride in accomplishment that results from doing new and great things is something that cannot have a price-tag placed upon it.  My thanks to Bill Crosby for sharing this article (see link below) that gives new meaning to the term “entrepreneur.”





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Why Pursue Entrepreneurship?

So, why should anyone engage in the pursuit of becoming an entrepreneur?  Why would someone be willing to put it on the line instead of accepting the security of a regular job?  Now don’t get me wrong, if you are content with the regular routine of going to a job and getting a paycheck as a result, that’s great!  But what if you aren’t content with that type of arrangement, what are the options?

As with anything, there are the “pluses” and the “minuses.”  If you are working for yourself, you don’t have the constraints of having an employer.  This in turn leads on to other things such as determining your own work hours, developing your own work environment as well as having a bigger hand in how your run your affairs.  You also end up having more of a commodity that cannot be replaced – time.

Having this extra freedom can also coincide with the risks of not having a regular income that could lead to other difficulties (like meeting any financial obligations that you may have).  But with the risks come the potential rewards.  If you try something, you won’t have the nagging feeling of “what if I…..” that could ensue.  You would have the satisfaction of knowing that you at least made the attempt.  With this satisfaction, you stand the chance of feeling that you have been living a more fulfilling life.  What you end up doing could make a difference in the lives of a great number of people.

Either way, you decide!

Get some quick motivation here!  (press the arrows in the lower right hand corner of the screen of the video to go to “full screen” mode)



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Entrepreneur or Con Artist?

This morning when I picked up a copy of the Sunday paper I saw that the front-page headline made reference to an executive named Carisa Carpenter that is in the process of setting up a film studio close to where I live.  Also included was mention of her long history of failed endeavors in the past that resulted in numerous legal actions taking place.

I immediately thought of Thomas Edison and his numerous attempts to develop a working light bulb.  How many times have people trying to achieve something worthwhile encountered a significant number of failures or setbacks before ultimately achieving their goal?  The subject of today’s newspaper article has tried to build several movie studios at various locations throughout California and of course big money was at stake.  This has been an ongoing saga for just over two decades and for one reason or another, things have  just not panned out which leads me to wonder; is this person genuinely trying to get something going that could buck the Hollywood movie establishment or is this just her way of cashing in on unsuspecting individuals?

Being as how I don’t know Carisa Carpenter personally, I do not feel in a legitimate position to say.   But if I give her the benefit of the doubt, I must say that I am a bit somewhat in admiration for how long her overall story has been taking place dealing with her alleged attempts to build up the movie industry in California.   Granted, I know that worthwhile ventures don’t come to fruition overnight but it does seem like 20 years to get something like this going is a bit excessive.  My feeling is that if this is all some several decades long process of scamming people; things have a way of coming back to do “karmic justice” upon the perpetrators.   But if Carisa Carpenter is in fact on the level, I wish success for her intended goal and hope that it brings resulting economic prosperity to the local community.

To find out more about what is going on with this story, click on the link below.  Also included with the article are a few descriptions of encounters that people have had while dealing with Carisa Carpenter.  After reading,  you then can make your own decision as to whether or not Carisa Carpenter is an entrepreneur or con artist.  Either way, it makes for interesting reading.  In closing I wish to emphasize that I myself have had no first hand dealings with this woman and the content of this post is in no way intended to be taken as a factual depiction of her moral character.



Carisa Carpenter – Entrepreneur or Con Artist?

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How Hesitation Can Result in Missed Opportunities

When it comes to those situations where you find yourself at a loss for what action to take, it may end up that when you decide what it is you want to do, the opportunity will have slipped away.  Also, if you know what it is that you want to do but procrastinate in taking the action, it may also move beyond your reach.

Now granted there are those situations that come up where if one acts hastily, a less than desirable outcome may ensue.  I think it is safe to say that when Trump Tower was built, it was not the result of marking the spot with a piece of chalk and beginning construction the next day. But sometimes we just need to go with our inner feelings and trust that they will give us the guidance that we need for taking the right actions.  So the next time something presents itself to you, you may be left with nothing else than trusting your intuition and using that to make a choice.  If it turns out to be the incorrect choice, see what you can learn from the experience and take it from there.  Make an effort to see the good in whatever you are faced with.

A recent experience of mine dealt with having to write content for when I received an offer for a sponsored review on a product that I liked using.  I was given a three-day deadline for submitting the content but kept on putting it off and putting it off.  By the third day at the time when I decided to start writing, I saw that the offer was withdrawn and no longer available.  So as a consequence, I was out some good money.  But the lesson learned was a good one hence the reason I wanted to share this with you.  One might think that they can do something another time, but it may turn out that this was the only time.

Best Wishes and here’s to you “Thinking Outside The Box!”



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Having Difficulty Finding New Blog Ideas?

In order to keep on adding fresh content to our blogs, we are tasked with finding new blog ideas.  The challenge that comes along with this is to be able to provide fresh new content on a fairly regular basis and keep the blog content relevant.

But after an extended period of time where subjecting ourselves to a daily routine becomes the norm, we may find ourselves in a situation where just the task of engaging in basic thought can be difficult.  Take the case of an individual who has a job at any given set time of the day and combine that with any personal obligations that must be attended to afterwards.  By the time the workday is completed and the other details are taken care of, chances are that there is not much time left for working on updating the blog or looking after online marketing concerns.  After all, we do need to allow time for sleep or else our body will go on strike and make the time if we don’t get enough!

After a couple months of going through what some people call the “daily grind,” having a few days off to take for yourself may not be enough.  I remember many a weekend where I spent all day recuperating from a busy week and went full guns and ammo on Sunday trying to catch up on blogging and marketing matters.

Now there are a couple of things you can consider to help make the task of finding new blog ideas an easier one.  One of the things I like to do is carry a pad of paper with me so when an idea comes to mind, I write it down!  Whenever I get the chance, I like to review articles that deal with how to find new sources of relevant content.

A couple of pointers that were passed along to me via a membership site that I subscribe to is to think of things in terms of mindset, giving tips on how to do something, relevant refresher material and if you get in a bind, insert a video into your blog.

Another approach you can take (I am taking this approach now) is to pack up your bags and get out of town!  Take a trip! Getting out of your everyday surroundings and the constraints that can go along with them can be a great way to clear the mind.  In turn, this can facilitate the process of generating new blog ideas.  This will also help you as far as being able to pause and assess your marketing efforts as well!   During the short time that my current trip has been in progress, three new ideas came to mind for my blogs and I look forward to getting them all incorporated.

I mentioned earlier that I like reviewing articles that talk about finding new things to blog about.  A great way to find new information is to do enter a search on one of the search engines and see what other people have already written.  I entered the phrase “generating new blog content” on Bing.com and it returned close to 8 million results.  Put the efforts of others to work for you.

The importance of finding new blog ideas so that we can provide fresh content cannot be overstated.

Think of your blog as a produce stand.  If the available produce is fresh and appealing, customers will more than likely return.  Should the produce be allowed to become stale and wilt, the customers will likely head elsewhere.  The same goes for a blog. Keep your content fresh and appealing and more than likely your readers will return for more!

Here’s to you “Making It Happen!”

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