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.
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.