The other day I referred to the “Entrepreneur Tribe” as My Tribe. I had to go on to explain that entrepreneurs are probably the group that I best relate to. Why is that? I think it’s because they, like me, cannot stand to stand still. Entrepreneurs have motors that just don’t stop. Even when we get physically exhausted, we never really stop thinking, dreaming, solving, moving or creating in our minds. Some of us have it worse than others. Personally, I don’t think I’m as bad as many of my friends. Good thing too. I’m not sure I could survive the pace of some of the younger members of my tribe! But then, there are times when deep down, I wish I had more youth and stamina on my side than I do.
Entrepreneurs are nothing more than business people, men and women alike. They don’t mind hard work, and will work hard for themselves or a customer, but almost never for a boss. It’s said that they will work 80 hours a week for themselves to avoid working 40 hours a week for someone else. They prefer the exhilaration of a challenge, risk and reward over a mundane “paycheck” existence. It’s been said that they will jump off a cliff and build a parachute on the way down. Their business plans are often scribbles on the backs of napkins. They’ve never met a problem that they didn’t try to find a solution for, then build a business around the solution. Entrepreneurs are a special breed and I’m proud to call myself one of them.
I can tell when I’m in the presence of them, by the way they talk, their positive attitude and their “Never Quit” way of thinking. My wife and I love driving down to Eureka Springs, Not necessarily for the scenery, food, atmosphere and interesting shops and businesses. Of course all of that is there. But what I really LOVE about Eureka, is the “Entrepreneur Spirit” that permeates the town. Almost every season of the year, but especially in Spring and Summer, the “Tribe” is out in force EVERYWHERE! Painting, fixing, landscaping, sweeping, polishing and prepping their businesses, and homes to within an inch of their life. They are all out there doing something that says; “Come see what I have to show you”. To me, that’s irresistible.
I think we all have a bit of the tribe in us. We all have a creative side that wants to express itself. We have an adventurous side that wants to get out and follow a dream. We all have something in us that wants to occasionally break free of the monotony of a nine to five, forty hour work week and blaze our own trail. We all want to receive the rewards from our hard work, creative thinking and unique ideas that no one else has ever tried. Some of us just have it worse than others.
If you are out there and have that entrepreneurial “Tribal Spirit” in you. It’s time to release the beast and drive your stake in the ground and hang out your shingle. Let’s see the Tribe come Alive!