Why You Are an Entrepreneur

Posted by Kate Jurras on Fri, Aug 24, 2012

sarah resized 600We love featuring guest posts by our diverse and super fabulous members! This guest post by Sarah Sykora. Sarah is the Chief Marketing Officer at Babson College and is the parent of two young children. She is passionate about empowering women and entrepreneurship. You can follow Sarah at @ssykora.

One long-held notion about entrepreneurs is that they begin their path to superstardom by tinkering in garages. And, by coding in coffee shops. And, by networking in Silicon Valley. While this is an accurate definition of some entrepreneurs, you don’t need to do these things to be defined as an entrepreneur.

We currently face economic uncertainty and a rapidly changing job market where the need for and existence of entrepreneurs absolutely shatters this former notion. Have you ever pivoted your career path? If so, you’re an entrepreneur.

Have you ever navigated through the bureaucracy of your corporation to create change by seeking out and acting on new opportunities? Then, you’re an entrepreneur. At Babson, we believe in entrepreneurship as a method, not a job description, and that it’s applicable to people everywhere, in all types of contexts. To empower these entrepreneurs of all kinds, we created a movement to redefine entrepreneurship, inviting people to share their definitions of the word at define.babson.edu.

Since January, more than 100,000 people from more than 140 countries have visited define.babson.edu, and we have amassed more than 2,000 definitions from entrepreneurs in all types of occupations—from lawyers to shoe designers to UX developers and stay-at-home moms. It is clear that people everywhere agree that entrepreneurship is more than its dictionary definition, and, the more that we practice it in all contexts—taking action to create positive change—the better our world will be.

How do your actions prove that you’re an entrepreneur? Join the movement to tell the world that entrepreneurship is more than a job title, and share what it means to you at define.babson.edu.