Entrepreneurs are visionaries. Like artists, who look at a blank canvas, and can imagine a beautiful scene, entrepreneurs see uncertainty, inefficiency, and struggle as the key ingredients to success. Unlike artists, who use color, sound, texture and words to communicate their vision, the process of entrepreneurship is slow, full of risk, and lacks a guarantee.
Artists have the power to change the world. Through their work artists have the ability to make us experience our world differently, and to view our surroundings through a different pair of eyes. Entrepreneurs change people’s live in big and small ways. It can take years for the vision to become a reality, but the impact of entrepreneurship is profound.
No great business was ever built overnight, just as no reputable artist became an overnight sensation. Jason Fried of 37 Signals says:
Making money takes practice, just like playing the piano takes practice. No one expects anyone to be any good at the piano unless they’ve put in lots practice. Same with making money. The more you practice the better you get. Eventually making money is as easy for you as piano is for someone who’s been playing for 10 years.
Making money may not be your ultimate goal, but it’s one way to measure the health and impact of your business. If you considered yourself an artist of commerce, money lets you know that your audience appreciates your work.
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