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Link: The origins of entrepreneurship

What is your success?

An interesting article that explores the origins of entrepreneurship and the meaning it has in different languages. In interesting one is translated from Maori in Aotearoa (New Zealand), which defines the entrepreneur as ‘the needle that threads’.

What I found most interesting (and upon further research) is that the origins of the word entrepreneurship rarely has any links to commercial success. It is more about doing, creating, and bringing things together, which calls into question – what is the definition of success to the entrepreneur?

This is especially the case in today’s age where social entrepreneurs are becoming increasingly commonplace. Whilst financial viability is always a key goal for any good business, it is increasingly becoming less of a focus. Add on top of this that Generation Y’ers, and the next generation are clueing onto the fact that work is more of a means to life and are finding news ways to live the mantra ‘If you find a job you love, you’ll never work a day in your life.’ The digital world is making it even easier to find your own mould, and be successful in the long tail of the market.

So what does entrepreneurship mean to you?