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We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard, because that goal will serve to organize and measure the best of our energies and skills, because that challenge is one that we are willing to accept, one we are unwilling to postpone, and one which we intend to win…
John F. Kennedy, September 1962

Good and bad reasons to become an entrepreneur

I’m Jefrey, a dream developer and entrepreneur.

Lot of times I have been asked why I am an entrepreneur and most of those times I don’t have a good answer, basically because of the amount of difficulties an entrepreneur has to face. Trying to answer that question, today, I want to write some false myths about entrepreneurship (so those are not reasons why I am an entrepreneur) and the reasons why I have been an entrepreneur for more than four years. Although my intention is not to write a guide, these facts could help you decide whether or not to become an entrepreneur.

Myths about entrepreneurship – Bad reasons to become an entrepreneur

·      You are the boss— false, everybody else is your boss; even worse is that you have multiple bosses: investors, customers, advisors, etc.

·      Being an entrepreneur can help you manage your time— false, you will have to work at least 14 hours a day and maybe make no money.

·      Being an entrepreneur is cool— false, it’s only cool until you have to pay employees and providers and your credit card bill is due. Don’t do it because it is “cool,” do it because you believe in it.

·      Everybody can be an entrepreneur — false. Entrepreneurs need a special personality to overcome great difficulties. They will need tolerance for failure, flexible thinking, passion and more.

After reading this, you might be saying, “there is no reason to become an entrepreneur.” Several people have told me as much. However, these are my reasons why I keep doing this:

- I like big challenges: I want to get where few can get

- I like difficulties: they make me think seriously and test myself

- I like risk: it is adventure for me

- I like to dream: it keeps me alive

- I like to help others: I feel great when I create jobs and solutions for people

- I am passionate about entrepreneurship: I really, really enjoy it.

As you can see, my reasons come more from personal likes than external factors like money or connections. Even though I understand there are all kinds of entrepreneurs, I truly believe that being an entrepreneur is a matter of personality rather than money or skills.

There you have it! If you have thoughts about why you are an entrepreneur or want to make a comment please write. I will be writing more post about entrepreneurship, the tech world, business, investment and related topics. 

Before closing, I would like to announce  an exciting change in my life. After 26 years living in my home country of Colombia, I am following my heart and moving to New York city. Inspired by love and my own dreams, I am sure a lot of adventures are ahead of me. I am looking forward to getting involved in the startup scene in the Big Apple.


Five lessons entrepreneurs should learn from Steve Jobs

Two days after the genius has passed away, I want to dedicate my first post on Tumblr to Steve Jobs, writing what I learned about his story and extracting lessons I believe other entrepreneurs around the globe should take into account. 

Even though I am a young entrepreneur (26 years old), \it’s been an honor to live part of Steve’s age. I feel he showed us an invaluable lesson about entrepreneurship and life, some of which I would like to summarize below:

1. Think different: he did this by not following crowds, which allowed him to make/create unique products.  

2. Believe in your instinct: Steve Jobs envisioned and executed by trusting his heart.

3. Be patient: Think in the long-term, envision something big and great.

4. Perfect design: he created unique experiences in everything he built. As he stated, “you need to chew it up” and “most people don’t take the time to do it.”.

5. “Love what you do”: being an entrepreneur is complicated; do it only if you are passionate about it, it’s the only way. 

These were just 5 entrepreneurship lessons learned from Steve Jobs, let me know yours!