Entrepreneurism has an inextricable relationship to Free Enterprise. Try separating the two…I tried and couldn’t do it. If the Free Enterprise System is the backbone of America, then Entrepreneurship is the very calcium making up the bone. It’s so important in fact, that not a single product or service that we know of today, or at any time in history for that matter, would have been possible if not for Entrepreneurism.
As Raymond Kao explains in his book Entrepreneurism:
Contrary to traditional belief, entrepreneurism is not just about making money, nor is it merely about starting up a venture or owning a small business — it is a way of life, applicable to all human economic activities. Living on a planet with finite resources, humanity is sustainable only if there is constant pursuit of innovation and creativity, not just for personal gain but also for the common good.
Are you simply a consumer, or are you also one of the special few who can call themselves ‘creators’? For it’s the creators among us, past, present and future, that build our standard of living. In fact, every single man-made object you experience every moment of every day, the fabric of life as we know it, came from the creative and inspired ideas of entrepreneurs. They are the ‘economy’. They are ‘life’ as we know it.
Have you kissed an entrepreneur today? Perhaps you should.