Let’s get a few things straight.
Talking about entrepreneurship, to talk about entrepreneurship, to talk about entrepreneurship (and then selling a “private video series” at the end) isn’t actual entrepreneurship.
The purpose of entrepreneurship, while it certainly has a self-serving element to it, is primarily based in service to others. I believe that embedded in all ethical businesses, there is an intrinsic element of social good, even if the owners profit wildly as a result.
You see a problem that you can solve, you fix it for others at scale and if you do it right, you’re rewarded.
If you don’t solve the problem, the market will tell you. By not buying.
But these days, we have confused marketing for entrepreneurship.
We’ve confused the whistle with the train. We’re all eating Hostess without the cream filling.
And the marketers got it backwards.
Instead of identifying a real problem and fixing it, they’re creating problems that weren’t there before, exaggerating the created problem and linking a lot of pain/FOMO to it, then charging to solve it.
This creates a sense of constant neuroses in the entrepreneurial community. It perpetuates the feeling that we are always in the dark. That we will never know what we are doing and that there will always be a guru whose robes we must cling to as we genuflect in awe of their unattainable achievements. “Teach me, wise one.”
This approach is highly profitable for people who want to prey on the confusion — but it doesn’t make anything better. It makes money. And that’s a problem: just because something makes money doesn’t mean that it’s useful. Or helpful. Or wise.
(See: Madoff, Enron, et al.)
If you’re going to make something, make something better for someone else.
Solve real problems.
I have some good friends out there who are living this:
They’re making things a LOT better for people. As a result, their lives are getting better, too. That’s what real entrepreneurs do.
After all, what are you doing if you’re not making things better?
Screw the hype.
Screw the facebook ads with stock photos of impossibly ripped, smiling couples high-fiving as they complete their 45-minute work day from the beach.
Screw the textbook “hero’s journey” viral videos about guys who started with a few dollars and ended up in a garage full of exotic cars.
Screw this inception of ideas about ideas about ideas.
And if you can’t make the lives of others better, then screw you too!
Solve a problem, or get out of the way for the people who can. You’re hogging up our newsfeed.