The entrepreneur’s “irrational state of being”

25 Jan

There’s something I read from a blogger on Harvard Business Review that I cannot seem to shake.  The author concludes that “being an entrepreneur is an irrational state of being.”  He goes on to say that if humans would sit down and calculate what their best odds for financial safety and security would be, they would surely avoid being an entrepreneur and opt for a “real job” instead.  Nowadays with the 10% unemployment and uncertainty of job stability in the workplace, coupled with the fact that there are fewer barriers than ever with starting a business or enterprise, I would posit that becoming an entrepreneur is more and more attractive and financially viable.  If you don’t believe me, then check out the glif to see just how easy it is to create a product from scratch with little money or experience and in no time at all.  But even with this in mind:

Why do we, as entrepreneurs, continue to advance our irrational agendas and bold plans that many view as bordering on insane?

  • Freedom of expression/freedom of lifestyle: Entrepreneurship is a way of life. Heck, this country was founded on this very freedom and we should be proud of taking advantage of this freedom.   You may be gladly writing emails at 2 am, sketching product designs in the middle of the night, and even when you have not seen your friends for weeks at a time, its still completely worth it to entrepreneurs.   The notion of punching the clock for the mundanity of a 9 to 5 has little or no appeal for the true entrepreneur.  At the root of our entrepreneurial core is a deep love of seeing a vision come to fruition and we will stop at nothing to make that a reality.
  • Passion:  I’ve met many entrepreneurs and one thing that ties all of them together is the notion that they have a deep love for what they do and believe in the power of their ideas, products, and services to transform the lives of others in a positive fashion.
  • Desire to create a legacy: Entrepreneurs have had a dramatic impact on the world.  Think Edison, Ford, Franklin, Gates, Jobs et al.  These men had/have the unique ability to view the world beyond themselves even when others could not. They are aiming to create real change even after they are gone.

These are a few thoughts on the values that I find that entrepreneurs hold true.  If you have any other thoughts please message me @CESteinfeld or post on the blog.

More on my current venture this week….I am in the process of creating the rendering of designs and finalizing my choice for the engineering of the prototype.

Always go for glory!


PS: The picture above is from a famously bad version of The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand. Can you guess who it is?


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