Next week I’m heading to Altitude Summit Winter 2016. It really got me thinking about how much I love creative entrepreneurs. I’m so inspired by the person who creates not only their own business, but a business that is itself deeply rooted in and committed to creativity.
On a not insignigicant level, all entrepreneurs are creative. They literally create a business where there was none before. In my case, Stefanie Borys, the Digital Strategy and Design agency did not exist in 2010. And now it is a business that has completed hundreds of great projects for amazing clients.
But this isn’t about me. 😉 Without further ado, here are the reasons I love creative entrepreneurs.
Creative Entrepreneurs are Passionate
It’s a powerful thing when people decide to make or do something they in which they believe. They are joyously compelled to add to the beauty, truth, and love in the world. Sometimes we talk about how people are lucky to make a living doing what they love. I suppose they are, but WE are also the lucky ones who get to live in this sphere with beauty-makers, truth-seekers, and love-multipliers! They show us that we ourselves can act out our own beauty, truth and love. (So bohemian!) And luckier still, are people like me who get to work alongside them, and help communicate their vision. Their product is their heart and soul. It’s probably why your portrait from a freelance photographer will always look better than your yearbook or driver’s license photo. (Though perhaps there are some passionate photographers at the DMV).
Examples of passionate creative entrepreneurs with small (or recently small) businesses:
Creative Entrepreneurs are Brave
What would you do if you weren’t afraid? Creative entrepreneurs answer that question with action. In this technology age, there are plenty of things to be afraid of. Failure, stress, overwhelm, trolls, being judged, being mocked. Our egos are fragile, and tell us to hide what should be shared. Creative entrepreneurs have learned to move forward despite what egos say. Failure is an illusion and mistakes don’t really exist. Criticism most likely will come from strangers or peers who are also afraid to be judged, and so deserve compassion.
Here are few creatives I absolutely admire for their vulnerability, authenticity, and humor.
Creative Entrepreneurs Take Action
Martin Ritt said, “I don’t have a lot of respect for talent. Talent is genetic. It’s what you do with it that counts.” Creatives take action. They see what needs to be done, and every day they make the choice to do it. Creative entrepreneurs aren’t waiting for someone to give birth to their ideas. They start from the beginning and make sometimes painfully slow but steady progress. They know you can’t skip from beginner to expert, and to be great at anything you have to willing to be bad at it first. Rather than be discouraged, they focus on making progress and realize there really is no such thing as mistakes. It’s all a series of curious steps.
Who wouldn’t want to work with creative entrepreneurs?! But I particularly like working with them because they inspire me, and frankly, it makes me feel good to help them succeed. NO REALLY! Scientific evidence backs me up! Limbic (or empathetic) resonance is a strong part of my personality. It helps me relate to people and see their goals and obstacles from their point of view. It has its drawbacks*, but usually it’s great. Especially when I work with passionate, motivated people, I tend to embody that same enthusiasm. So it actually makes me feel good inside to help others achieve their dreams, and it’s where I do my best work.
So here’s to you, creative entrepreneur. Wherever you are on your path, be proud! Let entrepreneurship change you, even as you change the world.
In the comments, let me know:
Are you a creative entrepreneur?
What awesome creative goal are you working towards?
*Can’t watch the news without crying
*When talking with people with accents, I mysteriously develop the same accent… must… fight… it… I apologize in advance.