This morning I received an email newsletter with the subject line, “You’re not an entrepreneur.” Since I think we all know that I am definitely an entrepreneur, I was curious about what nonsense might be inside. So I opened it.
Inside that email was an article about how one of the “Shark Tank” judges told a woman that she isn’t an entrepreneur because she had this great product idea, but no funding to pursue it, therefore, even though she’d gotten orders for the product, she had never even written up the orders, because she couldn’t fulfill them.
The article went on to say that the Shark Tank judge was right, that this woman wasn’t an entrepreneur, and listed all the reasons why she wasn’t and listed the characteristics of what a “real” entrepreneur is.
This article made me angry.
You ARE An Entrepreneur.
I admit it: I didn’t see the show. I don’t watch Shark Tank, for a long list of reasons. But hearing about this episode reinforced that I’ve made the right decision all along not to watch this show.
For a successful person—a woman, at that— to tell a woman with a good idea that she’s not an entrepreneur simply because she doesn’t know what steps to take…that’s degrading and unfair.
It’s Okay If You Don’t Have All The Answers.
Nobody knows all the answers in business. Not Barbara Corcoran, not the guy who claims to make millions online working from home, and not even me (hee!) No successful entrepreneur has all the answers now, and I guarantee you that none of them had the answers when they were starting out.
Plenty of entrepreneurs flounder at the beginning. Success isn’t about whether you have questions, self-doubt, or wonder how the heck to do it all. It’s about whether you are able to find the right resources and figure out where to get the answers you need.
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