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What’s Stopping Your Entrepreneurship?

Written By: Mike Allton in Real-Life Success Lessons! | February 6, 2015

What's Stopping Your Entrepreneurship?

Entrepreneur, from the French entreprendre, is defined as “one who organizes, manages, and assumes the risks of a business or enterprise.”

That’s the Webster definition.

Now, Harvard Business School professor Howard Stevenson put it another way. He said that entrepreneurship is, “the pursuit of opportunity without regard to resources currently controlled.” 1

So let’s get this straight. An entrepreneur is someone who is going after an opportunity, a vision, and assumes the risks involved, typically financial.

That sounds scary!

Yet according to the U.S. Department of Labor, about 600,000 people in the U.S. decide to start a new business every year. 2

I knew that if I failed I wouldn’t regret that, but I knew the one thing I might regret is not trying. Jeff Bezos, Amazon founder and CEO
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What is it that makes all these people decide to go ahead and pursue that opportunity, despite the risk?

Or, to put it more to the point, what’s stopping you? 

What’s stopping you from going after that dream you’ve always had? Whether it’s to own your own business, or to solve a specific problem, or just to lead a certain kind of lifestyle that you’ve associated with owning your business… what’s holding you back?

I doubt I’ll ever go back to corporate work.
Once you see the light, there is no turning back. Magnus Jepson, WooThemes co-founder
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Well, there’s likely a lot of reasons, and that’s something we’re going to explore. In fact, I think there are 5 reasons you haven’t yet taken the plunge into entrepreneurship, and this email series is going to help you identify and overcome each of them.

Over the course of the next week or so, you’re going to get a crash course in what it means to be an entrepreneur, with real life lessons taken from some fairly iconic business people.

The course is completely free, with no hooks, catches or hidden fees. Just sign up below and the first message in the series will be on its way.

Sign up for the entrepreneurship course!

Entrepreneur is someone who has a vision for something and a want to create. David Karp, Tumblr founder and CEO
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Why email?

Well, that’s a fair question. Sure, we could just put all the material here in this blog post and let whomever is interested check it out. But the honest answer is that we want you to be more than just an anonymous reader. We’d like to build a relationship with you, and that’s something that happens one person at a time. Over the course of this series, we’ll be inviting you to email us your questions and thoughts and struggles. And more importantly, we’re going to continue to create additional email courses, all designed to ignite your passion and guide your entrepreneurial spirit.

So sign up, start reading these emails, and let us help you overcome your fears and begin your new life as an entrepreneur.

  1. http://www.inc.com/eric-schurenberg/the-best-definition-of-entepreneurship.html
  2. http://www.bls.gov/bdm/entrepreneurship/entrepreneurship.htm
Mike Allton
Mike is an award-winning blogger, speaker, and author at The Social Media Hat, and Brand Evangelist at Agorapulse where he strengthens relationships with social media educators, influencers and agencies.

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