We’ve evolved into an age where most people have become obsessed with finding a job instead of creating one. As a result, people relinquish their personal power and freedom. They aren’t even entirely conscious of how they’re doing it, to begin with.
However, entrepreneurship is actually something anyone can potentially do.
Everyone has the capability to be an entrepreneur. Even if mainstream society has turned it into some kind of elite club reserved for only the world’s mysterious geniuses.
The Original Entrepreneurs
Think back to all of our ancestors. Hundreds and thousands of years ago, entrepreneurship was virtually the only way to bring in money.
Entrepreneurship was the mastery of a skill that was provided to others for a reasonable fee of whatever currency was being used in their part of the world at the time.
The original entrepreneurs were people who built simple things and sold them from their houses. Or, they mastered a skill and traveled around to other villages to provide it to the people they met.
Thus, self-employment was what got us where we are today. It has only become a matter of cultural programming that we should rely on bosses for our livelihoods, rather than ourselves.
This teenager, named Cameron Harrison, demonstrates exactly how that’s true. With that, he proves that you don’t have to be Steve Jobs to run your own business.
Under the tutelage of his father, he’s a teenager who’s started his own seasonal snowplowing business, acquiring contracts all on his own.
What Is Entrepreneurship?
Don’t overcomplicate it. Entrepreneurship is simply the solution to any given problem in exchange for a price. This can apply to any conceivable potential problem in the world, large or small.
This means that entrepreneurs are, by default, problem solvers. Which is why entrepreneurship is vital to the progressive development and evolution of any given society. Especially when there is competition.
What this young man is doing is identifying a problem in his community: the inconvenience and even danger that yearly snows create for people in his vicinity.
To which, he is providing a solution: his snow plow to clear the way.
Notice how he’s only a teenager. He didn’t need a college degree and a 200+ IQ to do what he’s doing. Nor he needed to go into debt to do what he’s doing.
He simply needed to invest in some basic supplies and his tractor. The rest was up to his personal grit-work, which consists of him reaching out to members within his local community in order to get contracts.
And now, he has a means of acquiring income that he can build upon for the rest of his life.
What You Need To Be An Entrepreneur
That’s not to eschew higher education in general. It’s become almost a stereotype that the best entrepreneurs never go to college, or drop out.
But, in fact, some problems just cannot be solved without an education that you can’t otherwise acquire without an actual professor found in a degree program of a university. And there’s absolutely nothing wrong with it.
Take, for instance, this very company that hosts the blog of which you are now reading: OMI Firm.
As its CEO, I have identified a common problem that plagues entrepreneurs worldwide: marketing.
It’s an all-to-common flaw in many aspiring innovators that they can visualize the solution to a problem. And perhaps even create the solution on their own.
But that doesn’t mean that they actually know how to overcome competition and win the attention and loyalty of their target audience.
Becoming knowledgeable enough in the universal field of marketing did, in fact, require me to get a formal bachelor’s degree, along with countless hours of trial and error in my own entrepreneurial ventures.
But, upon finally achieving a professional level of competency, I am now able to employ myself as an Internet marketing consultant for virtually any business on the face of the earth. Hence, this website.
The solution I’m providing is knowledge as well as hands-on skill in Internet marketing, in exchange for a set price.
What You Need To Be An Entrepreneur Depends On You
Thus, what you can do to be an entrepreneur is entirely up to your imagination and willpower.
The young man above can theoretically continue to build his business all throughout school. He can graduate and continue to reinvest and grow his business until he’s got multiple workers and plows handling contracts state-wide from which he makes a massive profit every year that he can keep running for the rest of his life if he so chose.
Or, he can identify some other problem in the world, perhaps a more abstract one. He can get the education he needs to be able to provide that solution. Then, he can follow what would be virtually the same exact pattern of business development that he did with his snowplowing business for anything that he sets his mind to.
All it takes to be an entrepreneur is the identification of a problem and the provision of its solution.
Inventions that make millions of dollars are just new solutions to problems that no one else has hitherto answered in such a way before.
You’re surrounded by problems that you can solve right now. Right at this very moment. All you need is to have the keenness to open your eyes.
You can turn any problem into a business, large or small. The rest is up to marketing to make sure that your product or service gets out there in the world and attracts the right target audience.
Don’t let the thought of it intimidate you; you’ve already got what it takes.
Remember, you don’t need to be magical to be an entrepreneur. Entrepreneurship is simply a state of mind, a mentality, that can be culturally encouraged or discouraged.
Mike Norton is an American award-winning marketing strategist with a BA in Internet marketing from Full Sail University.
He’s also a writer, entrepreneur, and a physicist studying part-time at the University of York who is a veteran of the United States military and the 7-time winner of the USS Dwight Eisenhower award for essays about world peace and respect.
As a mostly self-educated vagabond, he gains inspiration from a myriad of experiences wrought from the adventures of his nomadic lifestyle. He prolifically writes and journals where ever he goes in the world, from one country to the next.