“Entrepreneurship stands for the people and for seizing the opportunity every single time. And a successful entrepreneur is one who is from the people, one of the people, and yet propped up by the people.”
Entrepreneurship – A Genuine Genius Called You, Me and Everyone
By Ashwani Singla, Penn Schoen Berland, 2012
The former flamboyant French President Nicholas Sarkozy had promised the people of France that his presidency would all be about them; but the citizens of France gradually found out that it was mostly about him and his model wife Carla Bruni.
An opportunity exploited well by Francois Hollande, who ousted Sarkozy to become 24th President of France. “You are much more than a people who want change,” Mr.Hollande struck the right chord with a huge gathering in Paris that had congregated to celebrate his victory at the Place de la Bastille.
There are two key messages that helped Hollande win over Sarkozy, other than prevailing economic and social issues. One, Hollande, like a true entrepreneur, seized the moment and turned the tide in his favour. Second. Hollande realised that his predecessor and opponent had lost the connect with the biggest stakeholders in his success – The People.
Politicians across the world are perhaps best examples of entrepreneurship.
Entrepreneurship - That stands for nothing but the people and seizing the opportunity every single time.
And a successful entrepreneur is one who is from the people (amongst you and me), one of the people (employees, peers, customers, business associates, vendors et al) and yet propped up by the people (as a leader).
Some thought leaders believe that the concept of an entrepreneur is difficult to define. The broadest definition of an entrepreneur is someone who owns and operates his / her own small business. However, this definition somehow falls short of describing an entrepreneur. Entrepreneurs are visionaries who change the rule of the game. Every individual, be it politician or an employee, have and display various entrepreneurial traits. The only difference is in their scale and intensity.
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*This article was originally published in International Management Institute (IMI) Interface magazine