*It’s time you become an entrepreneur*
__Start right where you are, today!
This is one of my business secrets: I look for entrepreneurs all the time. The managers that I value the most are those who show an entrepreneurial flare.  To paraphrase Moses, \”O I would that everyone who works in our organization was an entrepreneur!\”
The other day I stirred quite a discussion when I remarked that some of the greatest entrepreneurs I’d ever met were not in business… that I’d even met civil servants and teachers who were great entrepreneurs! 
Entrepreneurship is not just about making money. 
__Think of an entrepreneur as someone who hungers to see transformation, and goes out to do something about it in an innovative and sustainable way.
A friend of mine who was a senior executive for a well-established business once came to me and said he was thinking of starting his own business:
\”I’ve been working for 20 years; now I want to be an entrepreneur and start my own business.\”
My reply surprised him:
\”If you’ve not been an entrepreneur in your job, you will not be an entrepreneur in your own business.\”
Then I added, \”You should be an entrepreneur, whether or not you own the business. Every day you must go to work with the understanding that, first and foremost, you’re paid for being smart; for being someone who has ideas to innovate and find solutions to help your organization and its customers.\”
I remember discussing this with a guy who once worked for Microsoft, and was amazed when he started to tell me about the great products he’d developed himself, or helped to develop. 
He’d say things like, \”You know that product? Well, some of us went to Bill and said, ‘We’d like to develop this idea’ and he would look at it and say, ‘Go ahead,’ and we did… Great success!\”
\”Wow, you did that?!\”
Then he laughed and said, \”You didn\’t think that Bill Gates comes up with all the ideas, and we then execute, did you? Like little robots?! Hahaha, that\’s funny!\”
“We see him only as the ‘Chief Entrepreneur,’ but there are a lot of entrepreneurs at Microsoft; it\’s not all Bill.”
 A few months ago I visited a start-up company in Silicon Valley that was developing an amazing new product which I think will change the world. I will never forget how a young woman started her presentation:
 \”I wanted to change the world, so I did a PhD in Biochemistry; now I\’m here working on this cool product.\” She wasn’t the owner of the business. Just like the guy from Microsoft, it was a mindset! 
__Nothing can stop an organization once that kind of mindset is encouraged and nurtured.  This powerful mindset should drive our approach.
I know some of you are going to say, \”Where I work they don\’t allow me to come up with ideas or to express myself as an entrepreneur.\”
My answer would surprise you:
# That’s your opportunity! Start thinking about how you can change it. 
# If you succeed, you’re an entrepreneur, and you’ll be successful wherever you go, and in whatever you do after that.
# Unleash the entrepreneur in you, right there where you work now, in whatever vocation it is.
Every organization must be designed in such a way that it attracts and keeps entrepreneurs at all levels, even if that organization is not-for-profit, and that includes government departments, and schools.
# Are you an entrepreneur in your job?
# Does your organization hire entrepreneurs?
If the answer to either of these questions is no, then there’s a problem. But you can change that mindset today, right where you are, because it always starts with one person recognizing it, and getting to work.
Author: Strive Mayisiwa
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PROFILE OF IKECHUKWU ANYANWU Ikechukwu Anyanwu is an Imo State born Nigerian. An Author, Public Speaker, Humanitarian, Blogger, Media Guru and Start-up Coach. He has inspired millions through Arise Africa Network Platform He Is Into Education, Media, Entertainment, Showbiz and Hospitality Industry. Having calved a nitche for himself as a leadership expert, human capital development and management consultant. He is currently the Chairman, Online Media practitioners Association of Nigeria, Imo State Chapter. Ceo Arise Africa Magazine, Founder Arise Africa Network – a non-profit organization. Face of Arise Africa, Managing Consultant GCFN Consult. Member, Imo State Bloggers Association. Ag National President, Association of Pageant CEO’s of Nigeria Human Resource Specialist and Leadership Coach with astute impact on many seeking to maximize their skills, intellectuals and innate potentials He has a track record of reproducing leaders and helping them to gain dominance within their nitch. Mr Anyanwu after a rich career that spanned for 18 years having worked as Human Resources Manger, Outlet Manager Rennys Foods Limited from 2004 – 2019, Management Consultant for various Quick Service Restaurants in Abuja, Enugu, Rivers State, Abia, Ebonyi, Kogi and Imo State is now focusing on helping young people to discover, develop their talents. He has built lots of platforms for young people of Africa to express their talents. He is passionate about writing, consulting, coaching and training. He blogs regularly via and has a thriving social media followership. He is a graduate of Sociology/Anthropology, Imo State University whose passion is to impart knowledge by educating, equipping and empowering young minds for the future. He is an alumni of Living Word Training Center He is also the West African Representative of All African Media Networks He is married to Mrs Carol Anyanwu and blessed with 3 sons.


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