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5 Non-Cliché Reasons to Be an Entrepreneur

by Nicholas Tart on August 8, 2011 · 14 comments

When asked, “why do you want to be an entrepreneur?”, most people give one of three answers:

  1. I want to by my own boss.
  2. I want to make a lot of money.
  3. I want to do things my way.

These are terrible, thoughtless answers that make you seem like you have no idea what you’re talking about. Instead, here are five meaningful, non-cliché reasons to be an entrepreneur.

1. Freedom

As I mentioned in this heartfelt article, freedom is the number one reason to be an entrepreneur. This is what people actually mean when they say, “I want to be my own boss.”

When you’re an employee, you have to ask permission to do things and you’re at the mercy of a boss.

As an entrepreneur, you can take action the moment an idea pops into your head and you can go play laser tag in the park whenever you want.

2. Continuous Learning

One of my favorite entrepreneurship quotes by Napoleon Hill is, “If you’re not learning while you’re earning, you’re cheating yourself out of the better portion of your compensation.

When you have a job, you get really good at one thing. Maybe it’s flipping burgers, inputting data, or answering phone calls; that’s all you do every day, and you get good at it. Employers pay you to focus all of your time on systemizing one small portion of their business.

But when you’re an entrepreneur, you have to wear different hats and you’re constantly learning how to deal with every portion of running a business.

For instance, the other day I learned that the root word, “bookkeep” is the only word in the English language with back to back to back double letters.

3. Fulfilling Work

A friend of mine and co-founder of Sweets Cosmetics, Katie Barstow summed it up best:

“I am an entrepreneur because working for other companies is completely unfulfilling. It is hard to be proud of stuff that other people told you to do. At least when you are an entrepreneur, you can say “I did that.” Even if it’s a failure, it’s your failure (and a true entrepreneur wouldn’t stop because of a failure).”

A business is like a baby. You start it, you manage it, you help it grow, and eventually you sell it.

4. To Build an Asset

Setting aside the mushy-touchy-feely reasons, starting a business is a smart thing to do.

As an employee, you give your time in exchange for money.

As an entrepreneur, you give your time to build an asset that pays you and increases your net worth.

Now, just because you start a business doesn’t mean it’ll become an asset. But if you stick with it, learn, and implement what you learn, it’ll grow into something that you can eventually sell.

5. To Create Something Permanent

One of my biggest fears is not making a difference. I don’t want to be someone who comes and goes without leaving a mark.

Art, inventions, and businesses are the only three things you can create that can also outlast you.

By starting a company, you not only increase your self-worth, but you provide a product, a service, and a job to people who need it. And if you do it right, the business will carry on when you’re gone.

No Matter Your Reason…

If you choose entrepreneurship, DON’T tell people it’s because, “you want to be your own boss, make lots of money, or do things your way.” Not because those are cliché , but because they’re not genuine.

It’s like saying, “Good.” when someone asks you how you’re doing.

Your real reason is a lot more interesting.

Do you have any non-cliché reasons for becoming an entrepreneur? I’d like to hear them in the comments below..

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kemas hafiez irsyad August 8, 2011 at 6:59 am

what about, “on progress”

Nicholas Tart August 8, 2011 at 5:30 pm

I’m not sure what you mean, Kemas.

Buntu Redempter August 8, 2011 at 4:56 pm

This is a very good article Nick! This really make sense.

Nicholas Tart August 8, 2011 at 5:32 pm

Thanks, Buntu! I try to make sure that there’s an executable takeaway to everything I write and the point here was to give you a few interesting answers to the question, “why are you an entrepreneur?”

Austin Olson August 8, 2011 at 9:45 pm

Very good article Nick, I have to admit I have used those 3 “excuses” countless times. I always seem kind of loss when it comes to the answer part, Inside I know exactly why I want to be an Entrepreneur. I just never knew how to word it right, Thanks for the help and advice once again!

Nicholas Tart August 9, 2011 at 11:26 am

Me too, Austin. I’d love to give an eloquent answer to that question every time. But it’s hard to always be on top of your game. Keep striving.

Extreme John August 13, 2011 at 3:41 am

Excellent write up Nick! I totally agree with all these non-cliche reasons because I myself sticks to these concepts as an entrepreneur for almost 8 years now. My favorite reason is “continuous learning”. You’re totally right. Employees do the same routine everyday but entrepreneurs have different things to do and learn which makes us even more versatile.

Nicholas Tart August 13, 2011 at 11:14 am

Thanks John! There’s something cool about constantly learning new things. Most people are content with wrapping up their formal education then settling into a routine. That just doesn’t sound fun to me. It’s like, “yeah I’ll put in my 8 hours today so I can enjoy the rest of the day and the weekend.”

Daniel Hoang August 27, 2011 at 12:52 pm

Hey Nick, I want want to start a online business but where do I begin? You seem like the type of guy that doesn’t mind sharing your knowledge.

Nicholas Tart August 28, 2011 at 11:24 pm

Hey Daniel! I was delighted to see your email. As I mentioned there, start by writing the first 8-10 blog posts for your site. If you still want to move forward with it, I’ll give you the next step ;).

Jordan Fisher September 3, 2012 at 9:27 pm

Hey Nick, very inspiring article and i paticularly agree with your point about making your mark on the world in your lifetime. The strange thing i find about wanting to become an entrepreneur is that you can tell that not a lot of people support the idea because they don’t believe in doing that with your life. By the way, check out the business and gaming blog that me and my business partner have started called Intawk, if you like it share with all your friends! Once again, a well written article, well done!

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