- Chris McAdoo is an artist, entrepreneur, and strategic advisor to the Knoxville Entrepreneur Middle.
Nov. 16-22 is International Entrepreneurship Week, and 180 international locations have hosted over 40,000 occasions to have a good time individuals who begin and scale companies, and who energy over 40% of the world’s financial system.
An entrepreneur is outlined by dictionary.com as: “an individual who organizes and manages any enterprise, particularly a enterprise, often with appreciable initiative and danger.”
That appears easy sufficient, and I’m gonna make it even easier: An entrepreneur actually solely has two jobs:
- To create worth, and
- Share that worth. (and repeat as crucial).
To be an entrepreneur is to be in service to others. You’ll be able to create a brand new life altering know-how, paint a good looking portray, or have a profitable garden care enterprise. You exist to create a product or a service that issues to folks. That’s it.
You’ll make good choices, you’ll make errors, and you can find your self at 3 a.m. on a Thursday evening sweating payroll. Additionally, you will discover immense pleasure in creating one thing new, one thing that brings consolation, that brings pleasure, that represents a brand new manner of doing issues to the folks that want it most. You’ll additionally be capable of present for your loved ones in ways in which you by no means thought potential.
Entrepreneurship advantages everybody
This previous 12 months has pushed us uncomfortably ahead — in how we talk, how we create, and the way we share concepts … and it’s these concepts that make us who we’re.
The entrepreneurial spirit of independence, enchancment, and problem of the established order permits us to create the most important worth of all, and that’s to be in service to others.
Are you making artwork? Creating the subsequent massive scientific breakthrough?
Offering a wanted service to the neighborhood? We are able to at all times be considering of how to enhance what we do, and it positively impacts the folks that we serve.
Artistic considering isn’t about writing a historical past report – it’s about trying to the long run. It’s not nearly what’s now – it’s about creating worth in what’s subsequent.
“Entrepreneurship” is probably not for everybody, however entrepreneurial, inventive considering is for everybody.
It doesn’t matter what your ability is, what your day seems like, or the place you come from. The magic occurs after we determine the worth of an thought and permit it to flourish.
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Entrepreneurs are so grateful for individuals who assist them
Knoxville: we’ve acquired the assets, we’ve acquired the proper folks, and possibly most significantly, we’ve acquired the desire to “get into the ring.”
To each enterprise proprietor and workforce who has bobbed and weaved their manner by way of essentially the most difficult 12 months of our lives, thanks.
To each artist and maker that continues to hone their craft and share it with the world, thanks.
To each supportive partner, tireless accomplice, and beleaguered accountant, thanks.
We’re on the cusp of one thing massive, and it’s not simply because the “powers that be” make it potential. It’s due to our folks, our entrepreneurs, which might be prepared to make the massive choices, take the dangers, and do the work that it takes to guide.
We’re a various group that cares about our neighborhood, and we need to make a optimistic distinction in our companies, our lives, and the lives of these round us.
So, Knoxville, let’s roll up our sleeves and get to work. It’s time to indicate the world what we’re made for.
Go to madeforknoxville.com and inform your entrepreneurial story; not simply to our pals and neighbors, however to our pals all world wide that would, and may, look to Knoxville as a spot the place superb issues occur day by day.
Chris McAdoo is an artist, entrepreneur, and strategic advisor to the Knoxville Entrepreneur Middle.