Entrepreneurship - The Driving Force Behind All Economies
Fraser Doherty started his incredible business career at the age of just fourteen. After being taught how to make jam in his Grandmother’s kitchen in Scotland, he came up with a way of making jam 100% from fruit. At sixteen, he presented his brand, SuperJam, to Waitrose and went on to become the youngest ever supplier to a major supermarket.
SuperJam has since grown into a company that has sold many millions of jars through thousands of supermarkets around the world. As well as being a commercial success, the business has invested in successful charitable projects - running hundreds of free tea parties for the elderly and setting up hundreds of community beekeeping projects.
Fraser has been commended by the Prime Minister at Downing Street, by HRH Prince Charles and was recently awarded a medal (MBE) “for services to business” by The Queen. He has shared his incredible story at more than 500+ conferences in 27 countries around the world, as well as in his best-selling books SuperBusiness - published in UK, US, Australia, Korea and Japan, 48 Hour Startup – published in the UK, US, Netherlands and Korea and The SuperJam Cookbook.
He is also the co-founder of Beer52; the world’s largest craft beer club and one of Scotland’s fastest-growing startup companies with more than 200,000 customers, shipping 50,000+ cases of beer a month and producing the UK’s No. 1 craft beer magazine, Ferment.
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What is an Idea?
Entrepreneurship is the process of starting a business or other organization. The entrepreneur develops a business model, acquires the human and other required resources, and is fully responsible for its success or failure.
An entrepreneur is a person who starts a new business and usually risks their own money to start the venture.
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By Matt Ehrlichman Founder and CEO, Porch
Five indicators that demonstrate that the entrepreneurial spirit is alive and thriving in someone.
1) They are in-tune with their passion.
Think of the last conversation you had with someone about something they were deeply passionate about. It doesn't matter if the subject is completely uninteresting to you, the conviction in their voice and the authentic enthusiasm they have for it is captivating. Passionate people know what it's like to dive deep into a subject and completely understand it. This is something we look for when hiring at my startup Porch.com. When people are genuinely passionate about the problems that your company is trying to solve, they will be energized by any challenge that stands in their way.
2) They are always questioning how it can be done better.
Mark Twain once said, "Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect." The average person rarely considers how ordinary things can be made better or improved--those with the entrepreneurial spirit can't help themselves. They are continually questioning why things are done the way they are and aren't afraid to go against the majority to make changes. It's impressive in an interview when a candidate has real questions for the business and suggestions and ideas on how existing product could be improved.
3) Optimistic about all possibilities
To be entrepreneurial by nature is to be optimistic. People with the entrepreneurial spirit don't spend time thinking about what they can't do, but instead ask themselves, "Why can't I?" When starting up, the odds of success are strongly against you, so you really need people are optimistic more than ever. Look for candidates that get excited by the idea of aggressive challenges and big goals. They are the ones will push the boundaries of what was once thought impossible.
4) They take calculated risks
In addition to optimism, entrepreneurs are predisposed to a high tolerance for risk. But it doesn't mean they jump blindly into action, it's instead the opposite. Those with the entrepreneurial spirit make calculated moves while understanding that there are never any guarantees of success. It's also the ability to work autonomously and be decisive. The playbook isn't always clear, so it's ideal to be able to say agile and adapt in a high degree of ambiguity.
5) Above all, they execute
I can't count how many times I've had aspiring entrepreneurs come up to me for advice on their untested ideas. My response is always to go out and act on your ideas first to get real feedback. That's because ideas are meaningless until they are acted on. Those with the entrepreneurial sprit realize that execution is everything when it comes down to success or failure. Find hire the people that have the drive to execute at all times, no matter what the circumstances.
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Key Facts on Entrepreneurship
Something, such as a thought or conception, that is the product of mental activity or An opinion, conviction, or principle.
The idea is the building block or seed that motivates the entrepreneur to move forward.
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Entrepreneurial spirit is a mindset. It’s an attitude and approach to thinking that actively seeks out change, rather than waiting to adapt to change. It’s a mindset that embraces critical questioning, innovation, service and continuous improvement.
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