Last night, I attended my first ever Exitevent Social in Durham, NC. The cool thing about this event is that, the people that were there are people actually working on a start-up, and working towards making their dreams and visions a reality. I don’t know about you, but being able to talk with folks that are my age doing awesome things really gets my blood moving or maybe it was the great beer.
Anyway, I had an insightful discussion with the Exitevent founder and serial entrepreneur Joe Procopio today. He broke down the difference between an entrepreneur & a wanterpreneur. Wanterpreneurs are the people who are always five minutes from starting their company. They say all the right preliminary things, but when it comes down to putting in the work to make it happen, there is always an excuse to why it hasn’t happened yet. Maybe it’s due to the lack of time in a day, too much going on around them, or maybe they’ve just become complacent.
A lot of us have the potential to become eminent business owners, but sadly most of us do not live up to those expectations. If you’re one of those people who have had an idea or two, and have not done anything with them, this isn’t meant to chastise you too much. In fact, I can relate to this. I’ve always been what I like to call a calculated risk-taker. Rocking the boat too hard isn’t something that I’m too fond of doing. At the same time, you have to ask yourself one of my favorite questions (compliments of one-half of the musical duo Foreign Exchange, Phonte) “Do you want to win? Or do you want to look good losing?” You’re only going to achieve as much as you allow yourself to step out into the unknown.
Arthur Stuart is the Co-Founder of Shift Here and Director of the The Time is Now Festival. A graduate of North Carolina A&T State University, that continues to serve as a student & young professional liaison and entrepreneurship ambassador. He can be reached by email at Arthur.Stuart10 [at] gmail.com