Early in my entrepreneurial journey, I asked the cliche question, “What’s the hardest part about being an entrepreneur?” A gentleman responded, “Well, I started with nothing and a year later I still had most of it left!”
At a lively networking event, I asked a fellow entrepreneur why he decided to start his own business. He chuckled and said, “It was two words from my boss: you’re fired.”
I told my mother I was an entrepreneur. She asked, “Does this mean you’re unemployed?”
I recall in 7th grade reading from a pink and green social studies book a passage about what makes America exceptional. The list included benefits such as freedom of religion and our highway system, but the last two words on the list are what I remember most: Free enterprise.