We always aim to do things a little earlier than expected here at Despreneur, so rather than wait for 2016, we begin something new a month earlier. In this launch of a new series on entrepreneurship, we begin to take a hard and honest look at what (and who) is out there that makes you successful. And what qualities do you need to develop that will make your path on the obstacle-ridden path of entrepreneurship smoother?
We have all been there where we saw a super inspiring quote and thought, “wow” that captures everything and if I could live by that I will be on the road to success. The good news is that you will! However being on the road is one thing, getting to the destination is altogether another. Sometimes even just being open to a change of destination is critical to success.
We all read compelling narratives of the immense success of startups happening only when they pivoted. Still we find it hard to radically reshape the product we have created.
In this Entrepreneurship series, we will delve into some of the fundamentally hard questions that are difficult to ask ourselves, let alone answer honestly. For instance – how do you define success?
For most entrepreneurs, success means financial success. The gung-ho approach of “I’ve got a great idea, I’m gonna build an All-Star team, get the funding I need and my product is going to enjoy viral growth and make me rich.”
Then on the other side there’s an idea that material success at the exclusion of other more fundamental aspects of living leaves one with emptiness at the end. Around this idea a new definition of success for entrepreneurs has been born. Success that is sometimes almost devoid of the financial aspect, that rather revolves around the social impact.
In a world that is on the brink of climate disaster, that sees terrorism rearing its ugly head far too frequently in previously deemed safe places, the success of innovation in entrepreneurship is not just about financial success.
Failure of the purely financial approach to success has given roots in the Digital Nomads movement. What we see clearly now is that there is an appetite in the human spirit that needs to be fed. Almost everyone who hears of the Digital Nomad lifestyle, responds with “Wow! That’s amazing. I wish I could give it all up and do what you are doing.”
Why? What is the attraction? What stops you from trying it? And how does this intersect with the wider world of the entrepreneur? These points of intersection are what we will look at.
While the old model of entrepreneurship is still working well for some people, there are certainly some snazzy new models on the block. Models that help you strike a balance between the inner wanderlust and the practical necessity of making yourself financially successful. These two aspects balanced with the harnessing of innovation and technology are the ingredients of the new entrepreneur.
In the coming year, we will also give you more opportunities to interact with us directly, tell us what you’d like to see on Despreneur and even enter some competitions. Once again, everyone is invited to apply to write for Despreneur. If you want to write about design, working while travelling or anything in between – we’d like to hear from you.
“Carpe Diem” in Zulu is “sekunjalo” which literally means “now is the time”. Now is the time to rethink what exactly does it mean to be a new entrepreneur.
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