Aren’t we all entrepreneurs?

Aren’t we all entrepreneurs?

50% of young French people would like to become entrepreneurs, self-employment levels are expected to increase, and in the future we will all undoubtedly have more freedom with regard to our roles at work…given all of this, aren’t we all entrepreneurs? Are we capable of it, and if so, up to what point? What really makes an entrepreneur? And what is it that makes an ‘auto-entrepreneur’, who is able to create their own job, different from a complete entrepreneur, who can create and develop a business and sustain a collective effort?

An entrepreneur is not made the same way that developers are, for example, or even managers. If there was ever a profession in which the necessary “driving forces” came from within, from its very DNA, that profession is entrepreneurship. It is not just a skill, nor a prerequisite for managerial roles, nor any kind of universal “must-have” – it is the inherent attitude of an individual towards a full-time role at work. And to be successful, this role must have quite unusual and very specific motivations: a deep-rooted sense of independence, a keen awareness of tangible results, a desire for extensive personal expression, a disregard for risk, a natural ability to adapt, the drive to achieve results, and much more: qualities which – by their very nature – cannot be easily taught at school or university, and which can only be developed, refined, and encouraged…

So, if we want more entrepreneurs of any kind, we must learn to scout them out, as we do with future star tennis players, footballers, or swimmers. We must learn how to understand them, help them, and enable them to grow and experiment. And yet both in schools and at work, systems which are prescriptive by nature instead tend to iron out any differences, and encourage obedience. But entrepreneurs do not like conforming to standards unless they are their own, and do not obey anyone gladly unless it is on their own terms. However, if we don’t protect these types of people which we so badly need, and if we don’t provide ourselves with the means to spot and encourage them whilst respecting their reasoning and giving them the specific things which they are still lacking, we run the great risk of watching them become bored, lose their drive…or leave. Leave for more open-minded countries, or at least countries which are perceived as such.

Whether we are aware of it or not, we are in great need of entrepreneurs. The good news is that they are undoubtedly already right there in front of us, but they still need us, our attention, our help, our skills, our experience, and our support. So, let’s learn how to create them and to guide them in order to better retain them and help them to develop. Let’s give them the benefit of our experience. Let’s give them the right to make mistakes, and so enable them to learn along the way. Let’s also give them the right to succeed, and so enable them to display all their talent, and all their potential. For them, and for us.

For this is the price that we must undoubtedly pay for the future of our country, and for its wealth, its stability, and its drive…

Nadia Nardonnet, Managing Director PerformanSe

 

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