I’m not an entrepreneur. I’ve never started my own legitimate business. I never worked in Silicon Valley. I’m just a kid who didn’t want to follow everyone else in my business school and work for a bank or Corporate America.
After working for an entrepreneur, I realized that you don’t need to do any of that to be an entrepreneur. You just need to be able to solve a problem that people want solved.
Not everyone wants to be an entrepreneur, but there’s no denying that there are essential lessons that you learn from working with one. There are countless others, but I’ll focus on 3:
- Teamwork: It’s hard to win a basketball game if you’re the only one who can score. Working with a small entrepreneurial team teaches you to put everyone else in scoring position, and as a team, you consistently get buckets. If everyone tries to help each other score, your team becomes dangerous.
- Ideation: Creativity doesn’t just mean building art. Entrepreneurs are some of the most creative people I’ve met, and by being around them, I’ve learned to identify and find solutions for the problems I see. Who knew I’d help over 50 students move between houses over the summer for a fraction of the normal cost?
Self-Exploration: I never liked advertising, but I’m known as Ken Cosgrove now. I hated manual labor, but I move giant letters for our client - Central Ohio Transit Authority. I wanted to work for a giant company, but I only work with a small intimate team. Working with entrepreneurs allows you to try things that are totally new to you, and you may end up finding your niche because of it.