In Episode 6.5 of The Startup Show, Joe Procopio (Automated Insights, ExitEvent), Jon Colgan (Veeto, Cellbreaker), and Andy Roth (RocketBolt) discuss how rare it is when people who aren't entrepreneurs understand what we entrepreneurs do, let alone respect what we do. But we love what we do, and it almost always shows in how we talk about what we do. That's not something a lot of people can say.
It's just as rare that we entrepreneurs can sit for too long and listen to someone who isn't an entrepreneur describe what they do for a living. It's not because we don't care, but it's usually because they don't care -- they tend to gloss over their work, making it more about the duties or the prestige and less about the mission and how it fits into their life.
That's something that entrepreneurs have a hard time computing. There's a huge blur between our work, our life, and our job. To us, being an entrepreneur isn't a job, it's who we are. We'd rather hear someone talk passionately about their work than hear someone drone on about their title.
There's money in startup, but it's usually not the primary reason most entrepreneurs become entrepreneurs. It's more about the happiness and the satisfaction that comes with building something out of nothing.
September 12, 2017