If you’re anything like me, you’ve noticed how some people’s passion and drive can be stifled working within the 9-5 grind.  So God said, let there be entrepreneurship, and it was GOOD!

I am not here to force you to join Zuventurez or to start your own business, but merely to inform you of what entrepreneurship is and why it may be a perfect working condition for you.

“Let’s start at the very beginning, a very good place to start.” - Julie Andrews

THINK BIG!  Yes, you read that right. Step one in being involved in an entrepreneurial endeavor is to have the courage to shoot for the stars. Forbes Young Entrepreneur Council  acknowledges that “today’s entrepreneurs need to have grander, revolutionary visions in order to garner support.” . No matter how high you believe you can fly or how much failure scares you, doubt plagues us all from time to time, and in the harsh environment of the start-up world it is important to remember that “Tough times never last, but tough people do” (Robert Schuller, American pastor).  Demonstrating your passion and will to thrive, you can show your co-collaborators and potential investors just how much success you’ll be experiencing in the near future. Step one in this process? You just have to GO FOR IT.  A successful business never emerges if those involved in its founding never have the boldness to be involved in something DIFFERENT.

What if I don’t have a great idea? The definition of “entrepreneurship” in today’s society has become burdened with the connotation that it can only be used to reference those that START a company. We need to recognize that it actually applies to anyone that CONTRIBUTES to its success (or failure, but more on that later). Even if entrepreneurship feels like something you could never be passionate about, taking a job with a company built on an entrepreneurial foundation can be the greatest learning experience of your life. Teams that work within a start-up environment are generally tight-knit and collaborative units that aid members in developing and utilizing their unique talents to pitch great ideas, formulate effective business plans, and achieve tremendous success. Industrialist tycoon, Andrew Carnegie, had a similar understanding saying, “Teamwork is the ability to work together toward a common vision.” Don’t be told “here is your role, work adequately.”  Look to entrepreneur employers where you can say, “here are my talents, let’s put them to work”. When you gauge your success based on how much money you’ve made or how your influence has multiplied, you lose sight of how you can meet a need to make a difference. Consider joining or forming a team whose entrepreneurial goals include changing the world for the better.

“Perseverance and ten years of trying will eventually make you look like an overnight success.” - Biz Stone (Co-founder of Twitter)

Failure... Wow, I can feel the air being sucked out of the room. Unfortunately, it has to be addressed because it is known that 50% of all U.S. companies fail within the first five years of launching (entrepreneur.com, 2017). One-half! That can be a scary statistic, but, let’s be honest, in a group of 10 people how easy would it be to be better at something than 5 of them? So you’ll be fine right? Sorry, that statistic of failure cruises to 90% (Forbes, 2015) when looking at only start-ups. So what now? It’s time to work hard and continue moving forward. Failure is natural and will consistently push you down, it is the resilient nature of successful entrepreneurs that helps them rise above their peers when working within the journey of entrepreneurship. Part of being involved with entrepreneurship means changing the way you think because what once constituted failure should now only be indicative of a setback in one’s master plan of success. As Arianna Huffington, founder of the Huffington Post, explains, “failure is not the opposite of success, it is the stepping stone to success.”

My hope for you now is that you will never allow yourself to be convinced that entrepreneurship is reserved for those that just have the initial idea. Whether you have a brilliant idea that you haven’t been able to get the courage to pitch, a floundering business trying to keep its head above water, or just a general interest in working in entrepreneurship, I’m here to let you know, YOU CAN DO IT! And for those with a business idea, Zuventurez is a great place to start no matter what stage of development you are at! Feel free to join us on Tuesday nights in Wilden Hall on Azusa Pacific University East Campus from 7:00-8:00 PM for our weekly workshops and founder interviews.  If you’re not ready to take that big of a leap yet, that’s okay too! Big or small, every interaction can lead to connections which cultivate a community of difference makers. Let’s start small! Post a comment sharing how you’ve contributed to someone else’s success.

“Whether you think you can or you can’t, you’re right” - Henry Ford

-Haley Scott and Joe Torkelson