What we’ve learned so far about entrepreneurship

What we’ve learned so far about entrepreneurship

Over the last few years the word entrepreneur has been used and miss-used in an unprecedented fashion and more and more individuals and organisations trying to use that current fashion to make a load of money without delivering any value. This causes more and more people to be frustrated, because it doesn’t seem to work for them.

A recent research study by one of the top 500 companies has shown, that the most wanted trades in todays business world are:

  • Adaptability
  • Creativity
  • Cultural Awareness
  • Education

A successful individual has to be:

  • Artistic
  • Social
  • Personal (individual)

A world-wide study undertaken by the Gallup Research Organisation during 2013 has shown that the most important reasons for becoming an entrepreneur are the search for meaning, happiness and worthiness.
Money is a far less important reason for becoming an entrepreneur, but most schools or training facilities concentrate only on that.

Meaning, happiness and worthiness are not subjects at schools anywhere in the world (maybe beside Finland).
Schools, including business schools or so called Accelerators or Incubators, concentrate purely on the technical aspect of being an entrepreneur. Its mainly about the science, math and technology. Things like Business Model Canvas, Sales Technics, Finance, as important as they might be, are only a tiny part of what makes a successful entrepreneur.

Lets not forget that most people wanting to become an entrepreneur are doing so because the current system does not work for them. They are unhappy with their situation and are looking for a way out. And of course, making lots of money seems to be a great reason to be different.

Lets face it, most of the current teaching and training methods don’t work. Only a tiny percentage ever make it as an entrepreneur in the long-term.

But why is this?

I believe it is very difficult to teach these subjects with conventional teaching methods, which are based on conformity. But as individuals we are everything but conform and that is exactly what most of us are trying to escape from. Why else would we want to become an entrepreneur?
As much as we are individuals we are also part of a social group and beside dealing with ourselves we deal everyday with many other people. In the end entrepreneurship is about the art of dealing with people (including ourselves) in all its facets.

I believe that we need something else. We need to allow each student to discover what makes them tick, what excites them and where their talents lie. And this needs to be on an individual bases. At the same time we need to provide the training, support and motivation to build working connections to others. In its essence it is about people. It is about taking charge of our part in society and to understand our important role in it all. This is what gives us the feeling of worthiness. This is what gives us meaning and makes us happy.

This is why the Entrepreneur Academy puts its focus on creating a lasting positive change in our world. We educate and train creative entrepreneurial spirits that challenge students of all ages to design their own education and projects.
We support each student individually to find their talents and learn the skills to improve on them. We empower our students to work together in groups, to explore their position within the group and to use their talents to bring the group forward. We will take our students on a journey of discovery and understanding and prepare them to become real positive changemakers.
During these three month or one year courses our students will discover their talents, wherever they lay and will meet many social entrepreneurs. They will have many opportunities to take part in, or create their own, real life-changing projects. It is all about the individual, her position in society and how to use her talents and skills to make a real positive change to anyone around her and the world.

If you would like to take part as a student or teacher, just send us a message and we will set-up a meeting to discuss it all in detail. Beside that, I will also organise open meetings on a regular basis. There you will have the chance to ask all your questions and to meet the team (tba).

I wish you all an amazing and fulfilling future

Change

Change

Working as a coach the most common issue my clients are faced with is feeling lost in the constant change and struggle with finding their space. We are looking at the things around us, worry about the things to come and trying to hold on to something that might give us the peace we’re so desperately seek. Change becomes our main problem and to solve it we try everything to slow things down or stop it completely.

From a different perspective change is very important. Imagine you’re out of a job. If nothing changes you will be out of a job forever.
We tend to look forward to change when things are not as we like them to be, but when things are good, we try to hold on to it and don’t want any change to happen.
However, change is always happening and we can’t stop it!

How can we find the happiness, fulfilment and freedom we seek so much in such an ever changing world? I guess the answer lies in the old saying:

  • Love what you do.
  • If you can’t love it, change it.
  • If you can’t change it, love it.

Change is like the water in a river. The water always flows, you can’t stop that. But you can use the water to carve a new way and change the direction the river flows. The water becomes your tool. Let change be your tool to direct your life where you want it to go. Embrace it, love it.

Because change will always happen, the only choice you really have is to love it. Embrace change and make it a condition of your happiness,, fulfilment and freedom. Be clear about where you want to go and use the water (change) to carve your way.

If your life is not what you want it to be, one thing is for sure: It is going to change and you have the chance to decide on the direction you want it to go.
Stop fighting change, but develop a way to direct the change
Very often change is accompanied by fear or excitement of the unknown future. In case of fear it seems to block us and in case of excitement it seems to propel us.
Let’s take two scenarios:

  1. You just lost your job and you worry about your future. You ask yourself how to pay your bills, how to maintain your life style, how to go on. This can be scary and make you freeze up completely. Now you start looking back, how great it was when you had a job, even so you actually hated it. The security constant becomes you main focus point. You are on a downwards spiral and you want time to stop so you don’t sink any deeper.
  2. You just met the guy of your life. You dream about this amazing time you will have with your new found love. You are happy to change anything in your life just to make that dream come true. In your mind you see all the great things that might happen and you can’t wait for the change to happen. You are the happiest person in the world right now.

We already know that things are going to change. It doesn’t matter which scenario you take, it’s going to change. So what is the difference between the two?
The only real difference is that in the second scenario you can’t wait for things to change, because you believe it is for the better. You believe it is going to make you happy. You embrace the change. While in the first scenario you scared and change has become your enemy.
Imaging what you could do if you could have the feeling of the second scenario in the first scenario? Imagine if you couldn’t wait to get a new job, to do the things you always wanted to do. To look forward to all the great things to come.

Don’t try to stop time or avoid change. It is going to happen! But it is on you to decide in which direction change will go. Use the change, love it and embrace it!