Why I want to be an entrepreneur
Making money isn’t bad as long as you’re doing something bigger than yourself
Those were the words of Jeff Hoffman, serial entrepreneur, and founder of Priceline. Jeff spoke these words during the second semester of my senior year of high school. He was there to talk about Global entrepreneurship. Thankfully, he spoke on why I’d want to be an entrepreneur. He talked about creating businesses to solve problems and help people in big and small ways.
Don’t become an entrepreneur to make money. Become an entrepreneur to solve problems. Chase excellence, and wealth will follow.
Jeff also talked about why becoming wealthy can be everything but selfish. Jeff told this inspiring story about his experience after selling his first company, he was watching the news and saw a woman’s shelter closing. Because the rent and bills could not be paid the women would be on the street. Jeff thought to himself “they should do something about this.” and realized
There is no ‘they.’
So, with a bag of cash, he anonymously paid the past due rent and the rent for the next year. Afterward, he thought to himself, “I want to make even more money, so I can do that 10 times better.”
All of this ‘food for thought’ filled my aching stomach, unsatisfied with the idea of being an engineer working 9-5 living ‘comfortably.’ I always wanted to make things that change the world and thought engineers did that. But, I saw that entrepreneurs are the ones that drive world-changing forces. I wanted to be wealthy, but I never thought that money is a tool to be used to help the world, not just to put a roof over my head and food in my stomach. This changed my perspective on how I can make a difference; make a mark in the world.
Desire to change the world through being an entrepreneur
From a young age, I wanted to create things to help people. I’d sketch inventions that solve problems big and small. That’s why I wanted to be an engineer. Now, I need a bigger purpose and working for a company wouldn’t satisfy me, because of limited creativity. Engineers, limited by their field can only invent few things to solve problems. But, only limited by their own imagination entrepreneurs solve any problem they come across.
After hearing Hoffman speak I know that changing the world takes entrepreneurship. I have so many Ideas flowing through my head on how to change the world, how I can help people fulfill their dreams, educate children in a different way, and more continue to flood my mind. Becoming an entrepreneur to me means making the world mirror my ambitions, rather than me mirroring the faults of the world.
Desire for wealth
For generations, my family has only been employees. On a congested, slow highway. They struggle to get by and get crushed by bills upon bills. I want to break that cycle, I want to lift us out of poverty mindsets. No one deserves to be poor, no one should worry if they will have enough, no one should have to work a 9 to 5 to death. Wanting to have wealth to heal my family’s poverty cycle is one small reason, but It’s important. Hopefully, this will stretch beyond my family into other people.
I also want to do things ‘bigger than myself’, that is why I must be rich. I want to be a social entrepreneur, and start scalable businesses that do good for people. By building things like schools, businesses that bring people things that they need affordable, and more. But, I’d like to make things that grow, profit, reinvest in itself, and not things that do little good and only break even.
We are made to do more and to help others around us. Our success is made when we solve others problems. The reason I want to get is to give, and the only way to get is to give.
Thanks for reading, hope it was inspiring. This was something I wanted to write to document the beginning of my entrepreneurial journey. I’d love to know why you want to become an entrepreneur or why you do what you do. Please leave a comment or tweet me @ChristianThePav.