Everything existed, but the final product, before the entrepreneur came along. The entrepreneur organized the land, labor, and capital to create and market the final product, something that wouldn’t be without the entrepreneur. When the factors of production are aligned correctly, so are the stars. And yet, we wonder what the entrepreneur did to deserve the fame and fortune they earned from their enterprise.
Scientists are far too concerned with discovery, philosophers with metaphysics, and businesses with profits. An entrepreneur needs to have all three aspects in their personality in the right measure along with unwavering doggedness in order to succeed. Entrepreneurship is not, was not, and never will be easy. Changing the world for the better is a relentless pursuit and not an idle pastime.
Entrepreneurship is about creating something meaningful that helps those around you in an economically viable manner. It does not have to be about creating products and services that are delivered through huge corporations. Any improvement that helps sustain itself through the revenue it generates is a worthwhile endeavor. Even the smallest improvement is a meaningful push in the right direction.
“With a partnership that includes 15 nations and with 68 nations currently using the ISS (International Space Station) in one way or another, this unique orbiting laboratory is a clear demonstration of the benefits to humankind that can be achieved through peaceful global cooperation.”
— Charles Bolden & John Holdren
“In the history of humanity, there have been many languages, including French, that have served as universal languages: Latin, Chinese, Arabic, and more. Yet none of them ever ruled the world the way English does today…
English is becoming a universal language such as humans have never had before.”
— Minae Mizumura
“When we build, let us think that we build forever. Let it not be for present delight nor for present use alone. Let it be such work as our descendants will thank us for; and let us think, as we lay stone on stone, that a time is to come when those stones will be held sacred because our hands have touched them, and that men will say, as they look upon the labor and wrought substance of them, ‘See! This our father did for us.’”
— John Ruskin
“And it is an interesting biological fact that all of us have, in our veins the exact same percentage of salt in our blood that exists in the ocean, and, therefore, we have salt in our blood, in our sweat, in our tears. We are tied to the ocean. And when we go back to the sea, whether it is to sail or to watch it, we are going back from whence we came.”
— John F. Kennedy