My blog today is an attempt to tap into my entrepreneurial spirit. To start off, let me paint the picture. I have recently begun a six month course at the School for Social Entrepreneurs, a collaborative and amazing program run through Toronto’s Centre for Social Innovation. My first day in class was this past Tuesday, and it was exactly the high energy, challenging you to think critically, ideas bouncing around kind of space that I was hoping for. In the first afternoon of class, our facilitator Mike Brcic (a successful entrepreneur and former dean of the school) said that, in his view, not everyone is cut out to be entrepreneur. He said that what you need is a work ethic, creativity and an intense drive. So that got me thinking…do I have what it takes?
Being as objective and self-reflective as possible, I think I am a creative person. I have been a writer of fiction since age 9 and my vivid imagination sustained me through childhood; constructing worlds, characters and the like. In addition, my disability has caused me to be creative in the way I look at the world. Some stuff I can’t do, so I find new ways to do it. With that in mind, I feel pretty confident in giving myself a checkmark in creativity.
Work ethic, to be fair, gives me pause to think. I know I have it, and I know when I am ‘on my game’ I can get things done. However, I also know that I have often struggled in my past with procrastination. I do have a tendency, it seems, to let things pile up on me. I have certainly got better over the years and have developed strategies to mitigate damages. Every once in a while, though, it rears its ugly head and my brain sends me into a holding pattern. Do I have the work ethic to pull this off? Sometimes I wonder.
So that’s one checkmark, and one question mark. That leaves me with drive to tip the scales in either direction. And when I think about it, all I’ve ever had is drive to change minds. Everything I’ve ever done comes from a deep rooted desire to break moulds and break stereotypes. In essence, in my view, that is the drive that an entrepreneur needs. There are easier ways to make many, but not change the world. So yeah, I think I’ve got it.
And here’s my ultimate clincher. For years, I struggled to find that career; that path that I want to follow to the top. And since making the commitment to myself, my family and the rest of the world to become an entrepreneur, I feel more alive than ever before. I have a level of focus that my previous attempts at a career had lacked. I will still struggle occasionally with procrastination, I may not achieve a stable income for a while, but I know somewhere deep down that I am a success.
And so I say this with confidence. My name is Tim Rose and I am an entrepreneur.