A Salute To The Entrepreneur

A Salute To The Entrepreneur

Today I want to honour the entrepreneurs in our world. I know I’m super biased, but let’s put that aside for a second.

Nothing, and I mean NOTHING, gets better without someone standing up and deciding to make it better. I believe most people go through their day and take for granted that someone, at some point in time, decided that there needed to be a better way.

And that’s why today, I want to salute the entrepreneurs… and here’s why:

Everything Was Created By a Person

Think about your morning. Everything you used to get ready, from the shower head, the shampoo to the clothes you put on (assuming you’re a normal person that gets ready in the morning and doesn’t walk around naked), were created by a company that was started by a person… an entrepreneur.

Just look around you. Everything. All created by an entrepreneur. It’s a special thing to realize. I have so much gratitude and admiration for people who create for others.

The World Doesn’t Want To Change

Even though the world changes all around us, the default state is that no one likes change. Change is uncomfortable because it comes with unknowns. The entrepreneur decides that there needs to be a better way, and starts pushing on the world to become better, to learn new things, or create new habits to improve the human condition.

If you’ve never started a company or created a movement, then let me be the first to tell you that it’s HARD. It kind of feels like pushing a boulder uphill that keeps getting bigger and bigger, the higher you get. As you push, you need to grow and get stronger to be able to continue pushing. That boulder is the world, and the size of the boulder is directly related to your aspiration to improve it, to make it better and to impact more people. It’s tough, but entrepreneurs keep growing and pushing, despite the fact that the world doesn’t want to change!

Most Don’t Get Enough Credit

This goes out to all of the entrepreneurs reading this post. Even though there’s a huge “startup” culture and a celebration of the “American Dream,” there’s still way more unsung heroes that quietly build and grow their business to be of service to others in their communities and around the world.

It doesn’t matter if your motivation was money, to piss off your parents, or to prove someone wrong who didn’t believe in you – regardless of the reason, thank you!

Many times, when I’m speaking in front of a group of entrepreneurs I say, “Thank you to all of the entrepreneurs in the room. Seriously. Everyday you get up to make the world a better place for the rest of us to enjoy, and I want to sincerely thank you for that.” And I really mean it.

Most will never know what it’s like to step into the arena, and many will continue to criticize and doubt, but every now and then, take a step back and appreciate that everything you use to make your life better was once built by a person no different than you… except that they had the determination and the will to push it forward into reality.

Thank you!

What product or service do you use everyday that you love and are grateful for? Leave a comment below with the product and reason. Bonus points if you name the entrepreneur(s) behind the company.

  • http://twitter.com/danmartell Dan Martell

    My 3 favourite objects that I use everyday would be the following.

    iPhone: It allows me to work from any place in the world, so that means I am free to travel and spend time with my kids and still move my dreams and goals forward.
    Thank you Steve Jobs & Steve Wozniak.

    Breville Coffee Maker: I use this machine a dozen times a day… No I don’t drink that much coffee, but I always have people over. I have the Barista Express model: http://www.breville.ca/the-barista-expresstm.html
    Thank you Bill O’Brien & Harry Norville.

    BMW M3 (E92): I’m not even much of a car guy .. but there’s 2 things I appreciate, going fast and great design/engineering and this car has the COMPLETE package. I’ll never sell it, it’s perfect and moment I get to drive it continues to bring a smile to my face.
    Thank you Franz Josef Popp, Petak Grba & Renato Ditrih.

  • http://www.startupmanagement.org/ William Mougayar

    Everything was created by an entrepreneur. So true.
    The top 2 entrepreneurs that shaped my early professional life were Bill Hewlett and David Packard, icons of Silicon Valley. I worked for HP for 14 years, and met Dave Packard once.

    I recently switched from the iPhone to a Xiaomi Android, so the iPhone is out, but I am fond of my Macbook, so ditto for Steve Jobs and the Woz.

    My espresso machine is my best morning companion. I’ve been faithful to Capresso for 15 years. Capresso was founded in 1994 by Michael Kramm — the former president of Krups USA. The short story is that he left his successful corporate success at Krups to start up his own company and develop a higher quality coffee machine for the true coffee lover. Thanks Michael Kramm!

    • http://twitter.com/danmartell Dan Martell

      William, love the comment and the shoutouts!

  • Annie Marie Peters

    Great tribute to entrepreneurs everywhere! Being a consumer is the easy part. Creating a product that improves lives is quite a feat. Personally, I feel grateful for the basic inventions that make our modern life possible: electricity, indoor plumbing, refrigeration. They’re too important to take for granted.

    • http://twitter.com/danmartell Dan Martell

      So true! The other day I decided to be grateful for mirrors so that I could see if I had something on my face before leaving the house.

      Basic but adds so much value in my life.

      Thx for the comment.


  • http://www.tomslatin.com/ Thomas W.P. Slatin

    The best decision I ever made was to take all of the skills I had learned from years of working for other people and start my own business.

    Sure, it is a lot of hard work. A lot. But I can honestly say that I love what I am doing, and I feel great about getting paid directly by clients instead of working for someone else.

    Who knew that one could get paid for creative services? I only wish I had started a long time ago.

    • http://twitter.com/danmartell Dan Martell

      You started, most don’t. Well done!


      • http://www.tomslatin.com/ Thomas W.P. Slatin

        It wasn’t easy, but it was well worth it. Thanks!

  • Sam

    Love this post and blog, always on point and thought provoking topics. Thanks

    • http://twitter.com/danmartell Dan Martell

      Thanks Sam!


  • Emma

    Everyone has to start somewhere with any product or business. You make you’re own destiny

    • http://twitter.com/danmartell Dan Martell


      Thx. DM

  • Vicki

    We are surrounded everyday by entrepreneurs, truly an inspiration.

    • http://twitter.com/danmartell Dan Martell

      They’re hard work is all around us … just thought it was worth mentioning this … I know I’m grateful for their sacrifices.


  • Caroline

    I think entrepreneurs all over the world need a massive shout out and especially those that take that final leap

    • http://twitter.com/danmartell Dan Martell



  • Jenny

    Change is sometimes scary but it is a fact of life for anything to move forward….look at the many Apple updates we get through!! We all know they can be a pain but it needs to happen!

  • Chantelle C.

    I honestly don’t think that a lot of people realize and pay tribute to the entrepreneurs because we aren’t really taught to think in this way. We see big corporations that put out products that we like or want to buy or feel like we need them. The entrepreneur in that company has become lost because they now have so many people working with them due to the success that they’ve created. But when it comes down to it, we definitely need to thank that one person who started it all.

    • http://twitter.com/danmartell Dan Martell


      That’s why I wanted to pay tribute to those who created it all.

      Sure it takes a lot of help from everyone .. but at the beginning it came from a person(s).

      We need to celebrate entrerpeneurs more, cause I believe that will create more and have people aspire to do that!


  • David Howe

    3 things I use daily that I’m grateful for:

    1. Glasses/Contact Lenses: Wouldn’t be able to see without these things! Shout out to Adolf Gaston Eugen Fick and Otto Wichterle!

    2. Backpack: This is a simple one, but I use it daily. I can easily carry my laptop, books, gym clothes, snacks and much more around with me. It may seem simple, but I use it every single day of my life and have for the last 15-20 years. Thanks Dick Kelty!!

    3. Basketball: My favourite sport. I use to play daily, now I play pickup games when I get the chance. Still love the sport and it taught me a lot of lessons I apply to entrepreneurship today. Thanks James Naismith (fellow Canadian!)

    • http://twitter.com/danmartell Dan Martell

      David, love the items and shoutouts … I had no clue who these people are but they’ve left an impact on your life.

      Neat, eh.



  • Piran

    Everyone decides what they want to become in life.
    I believe everyone decides their own destiny, and these stalwarts with unique ideas and will power are known as entrepreneurs. I really liked reading this post, and i am sure it has enthralled every reader who has read the same.

  • Richard

    ahha. 3 things i am grateful to the 21st Century for –
    1. The iPhone – An absolutely vital piece of technology for every teenager or grown up today.
    2. The Football – Everyone needs to get off their Video Gaming sets and have a taste of how it’s really to play the game of Football.
    3. Whatsapp – Free messaging, that’s so cool.

  • Bella

    Hi, Dan!
    I am a total fan of your blog and it’s always a pleasure reading your blog
    You write incredibly well!
    Entrepreneurs are the Aspirations for today’s youth!
    Totally looking forward to being one of them and making a few life changing products
    Wish me luck xx

  • Roxanne

    Little do i think that entrepreneurs are recognized, hardly anyone out there who works get the recognition they deserve. I am sure you’d agree that people don’t get rewarded enough for the hardwork they put in. Everyone deserves credit for what they do.
    Entrepreneurs are those people who make our lives so much more easy
    HATS OFF to every living entrepreneur!

  • Mark

    Entrepreneurs are the reason change is constant in this world. Without them, everything would be so much more stagnant, lacking creativity. These people, constantly strive to achieve better in life, and help change lives.
    Always think that i will be one of the youngest entrepreneurs someday and come up with an idea which will change and benefit every person’s life.

    Thank you for this post, blog more often, cause we enjoy what we read.

    • http://twitter.com/danmartell Dan Martell

      Mark, great comment and point of view.

      I’ll try to blog more but thinking of doing video .. just easier for me.

      We’ll see … I like to experiment.


  • http://www.vinishgarg.com/ Vinish Garg

    Hey Dan, Brad Feld echoes same sentiments today in his post: http://www.feld.com/archives/2016/08/its-all-about-the-entrepreneur.html. I immediately recalled your (this) post. 🙂

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