“Just do it.”
Calling yourself an entrepreneur is the mysterious, badass, and respectable thing to do these days. You meet someone at a cafe and they ask, “So, what do you do?”
You respond, “I’m an entrepreneur.”
Suddenly in their head they go “Whoaaaaaaaaaa,” which is just the effect you were aiming for.
But unless you are chatting up 17 year old girls, the person you are talking to will probably be thinking this, “So basically you live with your mom?”
Stop being an entrepreneur
I was in a bar last weekend and I introduced a guy I didn’t know very well to a group of friends.
One person asked, “So what do you do?” (That notorious, cornering bitch of a question).
He said, “I’m an entrepreneur, of sorts. I just haven’t made it big yet.”
Regardless of what she thought, I almost laughed out loud. And then I realized that calling yourself an entrepreneur sometimes is a clear indicator that you live with your mom and spend more time dreaming than working.
Almost all real entrepreneurs I’ve ever met will say what business they own or will answer something that actually is descriptive of what they do.
And something in their words embodies the actual description of an entrepreneur, which in case you forgot, is the following:
“a person who organizes and manages any enterprise, especially a business,
usually with considerable initiative and risk.”
Unless you are running something and unless there is serious financial risk, you are not an entrepreneur.
Saying you’re an entrepreneur does not make people instantly admire you (except for the aforementioned teenagers).
Saying you’re an entrepreneur does not make people believe you own a business.
Saying you’re an entrepreneur does not mean you’re some world traveling, multiple passport owning, swiss bank account using Jason Bourne.
Saying you’re an entrepreneur does not make people assume you are going to make it big one day via a silicon valley deal.
If you ask real entrepreneurs what they do, they’ll tell you what they do. Not what they intend to do. And that is the single biggest difference.
Next time you meet a wannabe entrepreneur (probably a 20 something living in his parents’ house) that gives his job description as “entrepreneur”, begin violently giggling like a schoolgirl and excuse yourself.
You’ll live longer for it. And it’ll be your reminder to get back to work on makin’ history.
So stop calling yourself an entrepreneur and just be on. The rest is unimportant.