Having graduated from Bucks New University with a degree in Business and Finance, I now work full time as an Accounts Assistant at Construction Industry Solutions Ltd. Whilst completing my ACCA qualification, I enjoy spending the tiny bit of spare time I have drawing mehndi designs and dreaming of becoming an Entrepreneur.
Many of you will have come across the term “Entrepreneurship” floating around at your university, work place and through numerous media channels. Some may have turned a blind eye to this subject, refocusing your attention to more pressing matters such as, which bills need to be paid this month, or checking how many ‘likes’ your latest Instagram post received. Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) (16th – 22nd November 2015) uses various carefully designed activities and networking opportunities to inspire participants to explore their potential and work towards transforming their dream into something that is achievable.
Founded in 2004, it was originally known as Enterprise Week, with 7.43 million people attending over 33,800 events in 2014 and over 125 countries participating every year.
Each year, it plays a critical role in encouraging the next generation of entrepreneurs to consider starting up their own business.Global Entrepreneurship Website
So why do people get involved? Many prominent brands gained success as a result of entrepreneurship, including the likes of; Henry Ford, Walt Disney, Coco Chanel, Mary Kay Ash and Estee Lauder to name a few and Richard Branson, Mark Zuckerberg, Bill Gates and Oprah Winfrey are amongst today’s most successful entrepreneurs. Whilst there are many factors that differentiate these individuals, such as; background, upbringing or income, common traits of determination, persistence and a refusal to allow failure to shatter their confidence in their ability to be successful are consistent.
As a graduate in Business and Finance, looking back at my entrepreneurship lectures, I recall the dozens of research papers and books that I read and although there have been a myriad of reasons identified for the birth of entrepreneurs, one incentive that remained for all was being your own boss. To be able to take control of your own destiny and create a lasting legacy is important for many people and something that lifestyle entrepreneur Lewis Howes and Dave Kerpen; CEO of Likeable Media highlighted as factors behind their entrepreneurial satisfaction.
You may question whether you’re qualified for this, or if you have what it takes to be an entrepreneur, so here are a few points, which will hopefully encourage you to investigate this further. You don’t need a background of A’s and degree qualifications to be an entrepreneur – there is a long list of successful names who left college to pursue their dreams, notably, Richard Branson; billionaire founder of Virgin Records, Virgin Atlantic Airways, Virgin Mobile. After dropping out of school aged 16, he is one of many successful individuals whose future was created based on an idea rather than his education and learnt in the process. A phrase that I came across in my journey towards becoming an entrepreneur, which I found particularly motivating, is from Curly Martin’s book; The personal success Handbook: Everything you need to be successful:
“Find a need, fill it and do it better than all the rest”Curly Martin: The personal success Handbook: Everything you need to be successful
If these words mean something to you, then you are probably heading in the right direction. For a true entrepreneur, wealth is just a pleasant by-product and the real thrill is the challenge, the risks and the power to make a positive difference in their life. Maslow’s hierarchy of needs supports this, outlining several stages of motivation, self-actualization is situated at the top of the pyramid as something that people strive for once all other basic needs are met. Many spend their lives working to achieve this, but the freedom, variety and untapped opportunities for growth that entrepreneurship offers, means that there is the prospect that self-actualization could be achieved.
I am proud to be part of a firm that has strengthened my belief, not only in entrepreneurship, but also social enterprise and I feel privileged to have the opportunity to work amongst people who are both innovative and socially responsible. Alongside my financial role in the firm, I am advancing through my ACCA qualification, aiming to be a qualified accountant by 2018, however, for me it doesn’t just end here.
My passion of doing self-taught Henna painting has previously been sidelined as just a hobby, but I’m aiming to develop this further, focusing on using my creativity at a higher level. I am currently collating ideas towards my business logo and I am looking forward to revealing my enterprising idea for all in the forthcoming weeks with the COINS Foundation philosophy strongly in my mind:
“If you have creative talent; share it”COINS Foundation
Youth Business International (YBI), a global network dedicated to helping young entrepreneurs to get started in business, has hosted Global Entrepreneurship Week for the last five years, but this year they have joined forces with Start-Up Direct, UnLtd and Virgin Startup. Each company focuses on a different element that can support the entrepreneurial journey, from funding and networking opportunities to various resources that might help your start up to run smoothly, for any budding entrepreneurs – it’s an event not to be missed.
This Global Entrepreneurship Week, we’re encouraging you to seize the opportunity and make it happen. We’d like participants to just do one thing to become more entrepreneurial, whether it’s getting feedback on your business idea at a networking event, signing up for a training course to give you the skills you need or finding a mentor who can give you guidance.Global Entrepreneurship Week
If there’s ever a time to make it happen, it’s during Global Entrepreneurship Week!