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April 7, 2011 / innovationinitiator

In or out?

Over the last four installments of the blog we talked about “trigger events” that can set each one of us in an entrepreneurial journey.

A question I ask myself & I’m sure many of you are asking is “Do I have to quit my job to become an entrepreneur?

Credit - The Portland Mercury

In my opinion entrepreneurship is a state of mind rather than a state of being. Let me elucidate.

You are an entrepreneur if you do any of the following –

  1. Set your own goals that are sometimes impossible to achieve
  2. Feel that good enough is never good enough
  3. Always get an opportunity to try out your wild ideas on whatever you are working on
  4. Your biggest supporters are your customers/stakeholders.
  5. Every great deal closed makes you hungry for the next big challenge.
  6. The pace of growth is driven by you

You can be an entrepreneur on your own or even as a part of a larger organization.

The triggers are are still relevant. You can set your own salary, you can chase that dream opportunity & you can live that eureka moment.

If you’ve decided to chase the dream but are unsure if you can build on your own or  within your current organization, try and list out the enablers and the gatekeepers. If the number of gatekeepers is higher than the enablers, start something on your own. If the enabler is senior enough to negate the gatekeepers, you’ve still got a chance.

Before you do anything else, take a step back and list out who really are the enablers and who are the gatekeepers.


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  1. Rubina / Apr 8 2011 8:59 am

    Its a great POV. Always felt that way through the myriad “jobs”…being an entrepreneur now is a culmination of life’s learning….and then some.
    PS: you are turning out to be quite the lucid writer JD.

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