So you want to be an entrepreneur?

13.12.10 | Posted in Entrepreneurship

I’ve never worked for anyone else (apart from a casual job while I was still at school) so being an entrepreneur is all I’ve ever known. Most days, I’m happy for this – it suits my personality and mindset, but there are also days when I think “Jeez, it’d be nice to be carefree and not to have so much responsibility.”

Don’t think for a second I’m ungrateful. I’m not. It’s just that I think we’re all guilty of wishing our situation was different from time to time.

The last couple of weeks have been challenging. I’ll go into more detail soon, but all I’ll say for now is that it’s been up and down, both in business and in my personal life.

What it’s taught me is that the most important skill you need to make it as an entrepreneur is resilience. The ability to be knocked down, and get up, time and time again. The ability to have the belief that if you can hang in there and weather the storm, you’ll bounce back in no time.

I believe there’s a wide divide between being a business owner and being a true entrepreneur. To me, entrepreneurs are the guys and gals that have bought and sold multiple businesses, and have turned around again and again and gone back for more. To me, entrepreneurship is about taking big risks, it’s about having your house on the line, and it’s about putting yourself out there. It’s about having a level of confidence and above all, it’s about being resilient.

If you happen to work with an entrepreneur, please take a moment before the year is out to acknowledge them. It ain’t always easy!


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  1. Michelle Falzon

    Emma, you’re awesome. Love your message and your authenticity. You’re right, it ain’t always easy!

    It is always one amazing ride, though x

    Sending you all the best for Christmas and the new year.

  2. Debbie Marks

    Thanks Em, short, thought provoking and to the point.
    As a budding entrepreneur and full time Mum I definitely need resilience and it’s great to remember that even those really successful entrepreneurs (like you) have bad days too. Thanks for your honesty and have a great holiday period! You’re clearly doing a great job!

  3. Kylie

    Emma, thanks so much for writing this post… It’s just what I needed to read today to pick myself back up off the floor to continue marching forward!

    Thanks again, and Happy Holidays!

  4. Jillian Kingsford Smith

    Emma couldnt have said it better. Being an entrepreneur is totally about resilience and sheer guts and determination, sprinkled with hard work and taking risks. There’s no short cuts and it’s a hard road…. but the true-blue entrepreneurs wouldn’t have it any other way. I feel privileged to have learnt from some.

  5. Kylie Green

    You’ve hit thenail on the head Em… resilience!

    When I get asked what is the number #1 characteristic common amongst us ‘e’s’ that is it!

    Funny how we strive to keep on keeping on – we thrive on a challenge and wouldn’t have it any other way.

  6. Sean Finter

    Great post Emma! Resilience is the underpinning factor in most “overnight success stories” 10 years in the making. As Churchill famously said “If you’re going through hell, keep going!”

  7. Graeme

    How true! Having been on both sides of the fence, employed for over 15 years, and now running my own business, usually the starkest reminder of what you have got yourself into is when the buck really does stop with….YOU! The good news is that unless your business is in real trouble, you will always somehow just get through the bad times – you just may be a little tired and exhausted wreck once you get through!