Yes, I Love Being An Entrepreneur

13 Mar

I’m a little late to the party on this one.  The original blog was posted on the Alien Entrepreneur site on February 9.  I just caught sight of it on the Cincinnati Software Companies group on LinkedIn.  Here are the 9 reasons why the author, Karl J. Treier, loves being an entrepreneur, with my comments:

1)I like to do things, not talk about doing things.

When I began my career in aerospace & defense, I learned about meetings.  At this particular company, meetings consisted of a group of strong-willed engineers talking at once, arguing, and, at the end of 90 minutes or so, only agreeing on when the next meeting would be.  I don’t miss that, not even a little…

2) When your an employee it seem ideas flow down, never up.

This has always been a real head scratcher to me.  Since when does a title give someone ‘extra brain power’?  When you go home as a mid level manager and return on Monday as a VP, is there some place you go over the weekend that injects extra smart in you?  I didn’t think so…

3) I hate being judged on what I’m not.

Hey folks, we’re all good at some things, and not so good at others.  I always wondered why someone with a gift in one area is treated like an expert across the board?  It doesn’t work that way.

4) I’m almost fearless.

When we started CIMx in 1996, my 3 kids were 13, 10 and 6, just getting into the expensive years, I had a huge mortgage.  Now I look at those days and think, wow, what was I thinking.  At the time, we all felt invincible!

5) I don’t believe I can achieve my goals working for someone else.

The esteemed philosopher, Robert Zimmerman, once said

You may be an ambassador to England or France
You may like to gamble, you might like to dance
You may be the heavyweight champion of the world
You may be a socialite with a long string of pearls.
But you’re gonna have to serve somebody, yes indeed
You’re gonna have to serve somebody

I guess I’m not 100% buying #5 here, but I think an entrepreneurial culture does not recognize the idea of ‘working for someone else’, at least it doesn’t feel that way.

6)I love hiring smart people (especially people smarter than me).

Those who use the TopGrading approach to hiring like to say that ‘A’ players hire ‘A’ and ‘A+’ players, because they are not threatened by them.  ‘B’ players hire ‘C’ players.

7) I hate having my ideas constrained (I have too many).

At that same aerospace and defense company where I started out, my bosses boss has a poster behind his desk of a stained glass window with the inscription,  “But We’ve Always Done It This Way”.  It was supposed to be a joke, but it was actually more like company policy!

8) I like to be involved in everything.

Often when people ask me what I do for a living, I answer, “whatever is needed”.

9) I have a great support system.

Karl, you can’t beat that.  In my mind, that support system, that trust, is what makes it all work!

I’m with you, I love being an entrepreneur

- RTR

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2 Responses to “Yes, I Love Being An Entrepreneur”

  1. beyondplm March 15, 2012 at 10:35 am #

    Rick, I just want to add one by Nathan Myhrvold, ex-CTO of Microsoft:

    “If you want to have a great future you have to think about it in the present, because when the future’s here you won’t have the time”.

    Best, Oleg

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