I recently read an article that compared Entrepreneurs to Artists. Potentially a bit self serving as an Entrepreneur, I immediately gravitated to the message of the comparison. Although I always felt like a creator and knew my business creations had the potential to touch lives, it was the first time I had seen such a comparison, and to be honest, it did serve to provide me some internal validation that my daily activities were much nobler than just “going to work”.
In our society we often look at creative fields—such as artists, authors, actors—with a kind of reverence that these people created something beautiful out of nothing. They take a blank canvas, blank pages, or simply lines and make them come alive. By the way, I am one of the many that hold such pursuits in high esteem, as I get to enjoy their passionate creation along with everyone else they are able to touch.
Can Entrepreneurs really be looked at in the same light? Absolutely!
Entrepreneurs who start businesses also take a blank canvas and stir up their ideas and passions (and often all of their money, resources, and time) to create something that does not exist—often with much more at risk and much more at stake than any other type of creator. Entrepreneurs/small business owners create hope, opportunity, ideas, innovation and serve not only their customers, but provide a platform for others to live their dreams.
Small businesses, started often with nothing more than an idea and a hope, are responsible for over 70% of all net new jobs over the past 10 years. Over 50% of all non-government payroll is provided by small businesses. Just think how staggering those numbers are. More importantly, think about the risks and obstacles that were overcome in the creation process. Think about the people that were touched, the jobs that were created, the products and services provided, the communities developed.
That to me is the true essence of creation!
Small business statistics from http://www.411sbfacts.com/