In other words, entrepreneurship is about where we place the responsibility for our experience.”
– Faisal Hoque in Everything Connects
What this quote means to entrepreneurial authors:
I’m currently reading Everything Connects for my next book review post and this quote gave me pause. Not because it was earth-shaking, but because it finally put into words what I’ve been trying to put into words for years now.
Entrepreneurs are everywhere … from big corporations to mom and pop shops to artist colonies. Being an entrepreneur isn’t about how you make your money, but your perspective on the money that shows up in your life.
Entrepreneurs take responsibility for their income, whether they get it as a salaried employee or make it on their own in their business. They own the results they find in their bank account, good or bad, and they take actions to move them toward the results they want.
Entrepreneurial authors don’t blame publishers, readers or any other outside force on the income they have. They understand that they need to do the things they need to do in order to see the results they want to see.
They take charge of their own marketing, even if they get some assistance from a publisher.
They take charge of building rapport with their readers.
They don’t sit on their laurels, their duff or that nice cushy seat by the window waiting for business, readers and clients to come to them. They are doers. They embrace the entrepreneurial nature of successful authorship.
So, I ask you, are you entrepreneur?
Or are you a author hobbyist?
Either answer is OK … no judgement here. Just be clear on which you are and own that.