Do you find, when waking in the small hours, your thoughts turn around and around in your head? My late Mother-in-law would say they would “tumble and toss” and this describes it to a T. It is such a wonderful time, so quiet, except for the lovely early morning chorus of the birds.
Today I was wondering at the amazing changes there have been in the world and how they came about.
This got me thinking #whatisanentrepremeuradefinition. Without the entrepreneurs of our world, who would have come up with all the wonderful things that are available to us, making our lives easier and allowing us time for a lot more fun,
Once out of bed, I hauled out my trusty dictionary and Thesaurus, left with me by my Mother when she emigrated to New Zealand at the age of 92, and looked up, first, “definition”. This is what I found.
DEFINITION is the precise nature of a thing or meaning of a word. To me, that sums up an entrepreneur, in one word.
Here is what it says for
ENTREPRENEUR – a person in effective control of commercial undertaking.
It all made complete sense to me, Entrepreneurs make things happen, they see a need, and find the solution. What could be more exciting than that? It certainly beats sitting in a boring office, being given instructions, day after day, waiting for retirement.
Nature or Nurture? What do You Think?
This question made me so grateful for the parents I was blessed with, both of them had a spirit of adventure and were entrepreneurs. They didn’t develop anything special but they engendered in their four children the thirst for knowledge and how to overcome difficulties.
When Mom and Dad married, during the war, Mom moved from Durban to Johannesburg to set up home. Today would have been their 79th wedding anniversary.
Naturally, Dad was not at home for a lot of the time, it being wartime, and money was very scarce. My Mother found a job but was unable to carry on with it for very long as she fell pregnant very soon after marrying and suffered extreme morning sickness.
No trouble to Mom, she began knitting with 2ply wool and baking in the old coal stove, to earn money. I still have her original book of knitting patterns and recipes, It is falling apart but is so precious as this was written in her own beautiful handwriting, in pencil, and the money she made fed and clothed her newborn babies. All three girls born within four years.
After returning home for good, when the war ended, and three little girls later, Dad walked the streets for a job. He told Mom that he was going out and would not be back until he had secured a position and sure enough, footsore and weary, he arrived home late, with a smile on his face and a job.
Between the two of them, what with Dad’s job, their combined gardening efforts to grow their own vegetables, Mom’s knitting, baking and then sewing on the secondhand Singer sewing machine they were able to buy, on installments. They got by.
There were none of the things we take for granted now. It was cloth diapers, hand washing all the linen and clothing, over the bath. Polishing the floors on your hands and knees. It boggles the mind.
Throughout their 59 years of marriage, and although they moved around a lot, Mom continued to work at a variety of jobs.
On their return to Durban, long after we children had all flown the nest, she worked on a computer which took up the entire room, which had to be kept at a certain temperature. She was completely self-taught.
At this time she also wrote articles on travel and gardening, for various magazines and newspapers. She worked at night after a full days work. An hour and a half journey to and from work and then a long walk from the bus stop. All the photographs for the articles were taken by her.
She featured each week on the radio on “Women’s World”, speaking on the same subjects, gardening and travel. The money she earned doing this enabled them to travel all over the world. The entire trip was paid for with my Mother’s earnings before they left, What an entrepreneur.
Not sure how many of you reading this have become Entrepreneurs using your sewing skills. Judging from all the Social Media Sites I go onto, there are many men and women using their prowess with various machines.
The first Singer Home Sewing Machine was patented in 1851. It was the first one that worked well and was practical for the home dressmaker to use. I personally knew someone who became a millionaire selling Singer Sewing Machines, door to door, in this Country. That takes some doing.
Bernina was manufactured in Switzerland and came out in 1893. This machine was the first to have a hemstitch function.
In Japan in 1908 the first Brother Sewing Machine was manufactured, this was specifically to make straw hats. Seeing the popularity of the machines manufactured in other Countries, the Japanese decided to make machines for home use in 1932.
To Where We are Today, Because Brave Entrepreneurs, Persevered, despite Many Setbacks
Being a dressmaker, quilter and machine embroiderer. I am so thankful to these wonderful Entrepreneurs who battled until they got them right. Have had the pleasure over many years to use all these makes, plus and Empisol and Husqvarna.
Presently had the Bernina, which I use for dressmaking and free-motion quilting, and a Brother Embroidery Machine. I would be lost without them. Not forgetting my trusty little Afsew Overlocker (Serger).
My Favorite Home Appliance of All Time – The Dishwasher
As busy people, with little free time on our hands, buying a dishwasher is a must. With my large family, plus many visitors it was indispensable. Well, I don’t know what type you have but I had a Samsung for many years and only sold it when I moved into the flat and am on my own. This, I would not have done if I could have fitted it into my new kitchen. But…. Alas!
It should go, without saying, that the amazing entrepreneur who came up with this wonderful invention, was a woman. THANK YOU, Josephine Cochrane. ( 1839 -1913)
She was American. The young wife of a wealthy businessman who loved to entertain. As did she. What she didn’t like was having to wash the dishes after the event.
As they had beautiful bone china crockery, and a maid had chipped a cup when washing it, she became very angry and thought there must be an answer to this. She puzzled about it for some time and then went out to the workroom and devised the very first dishwasher, wire racks and all.
Certainly, it did not look anything like the dishwashers of today but it did the job well enough that when her drunken husband died and left her penniless. He left so much debt, which would have made most of us want to run away. What did she do?
She invited a man to assist her, who she knew was a good workman, and, together they worked on the dishwasher plans until they were just what she wanted and she patented it.
Not only did she do this but she also went to the Hotels and Restaurants getting orders. This, I may tell you were in the year 1886. Women did not do this kind of thing in those far off days. She said, the first time she had to cross the foyer of an hotel on her own, was one of the worst experiences of her life.
When she made her first machine for her home use, in 1883, it was not with the thought of making it a business. This admirable entrepreneur was still personally selling machines until 1912, she was then 73 years of age. She died the following year.
That is such an inspiring story of incredible bravery and determination to succeed, and, I for one, am so happy that she persevered in her quest.
No Talents? No Excuse!
We all have talents but some people are not cut out to become an entrepreneur, it seems too “risky” for them. It takes enormous courage and fortitude to see your projects through to the end. You will come across many “naysayers”, people who will scoff at your ideas and will sometimes cause strife in the family…
BUT it can be all worthwhile.
These are Some Attributes Entrepreneurs Would Require becoming Successful
D – Be a DOER – Make things happen. If this means having to take courses, do it. Ask questions, if you think of a good idea do the research. See if there is a need. Who will it help? Could you do better than what is out there already?
E – Enterprise – The initial Excitement won’t be the thing that that gets creates the success, but it will drive you. Don’t allow Skeptics steal your enthusiasm. Count to 10, before replying to detractors. On seeing, your success, they could be your most valued customers. Stick to your guns. If you see what you are doing is not working but the idea is good, try a different angle until you reach your goal.
F – Faith – You must keep the faith in yourself and this will also mean engendering it in those who are closest to you. As you build your business, you will need their support.
I – Inspiration – Gain inspiration from others who have gone before you. Ask for advice if you need it. Trust your Instincts –
N – Nature or Nurture? – In my humble opinion, an Entrepreneur has the benefit of both these wonderful traits.
I – Identify – the needs in the marketplace. If you have competition but you feel your idea is better, identify what you can do to improve what is out there.
T – Be Trustworthy and Honest in all your dealings right from the start. You will gain the respect of your peers and customers. Honor your commitments in all your business and family life.
I – Initiative – Take the Initiative, if a thing has not been tried before and you are sure it will work, go for it.
O – Opposition – Overcome this by being sure of your facts. Using the best materials and resources.
N – The Need to vigilant, careful in all your dealings. Make sure to Patent your product. Seek Legal Advice. Have an accredited Accountant.
What of The Cost?
Costing is so important as it can mount up in ways you do not expect. Be aware and vigilant in your costing. It can be crippling.
It might take more time to get your project out into the wide world but take all the time you need so that you don’t fail.
Keep your end goal in mind and keep patience.
Did you know that there are more Millionaires being made every day in China than anywhere else in the world? Their advice is had the best education, the best governance and the thing that resonated most with me is MAKE ENTREPRENEURS YOUR HEROS. Now, isn’t that something to think about?
Now that you know #What-is-an-Entrepreneur-a-Definition.
Don’t you want to follow suit and be one yourself?
If you are looking for Entrepreneur Heroes to follow, then you don’t have to look further than Carson and Kyle of Wealthy Affiliate who began their Online business in 2005 and look where they are today.
They are definitely two of my heroes and I am so inspired by their integrity, willingness to teach so many people all about the online world and how to go about building your own business. They saw the need, worked like mad to make it all happen and I for one will always be grateful for their dedication to imbue us with their knowledge.
By keeping us updated with new training and making it easier for us to understand, and in fact, are leaders in their field.
New innovations, which will benefit all of us on Wealthy Affiliate, are constantly being generated.
Thank you, Carson and Kyle, of Wealthy Affiliate.
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