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Traditional education will teach you that to have a successful job in a chosen field, you must secure the necessary qualifications to meet the standards expected. In fact, for many professions like dentistry and even carpentry, the key to establishing a rewarding career is fundamentally about the long-term commitment and acquiring the skills and experience within a chosen field.
Just had an insightful interview with Michael E. Gerber this morning on InspireTalkRadio. Michael is the author of 27 E-myth books, and nicknamed the 'Godfather of Business Systems'.
I discovered today that to achieve 'success' in whatever shape or form ultimately requires:
'Inspiration', 'Education', 'Application', 'Implementation', and 'Continuous Improvement'.
I also learnt that to be a true entrepreneur, you ultimately need to be: a 'Dreamer', a 'Thinker', a 'Storyteller', and a 'Leader'.
I've always been fascinated about space exploration, and science fiction movies like 2001: A Space Odyssey, Star Trek, and even the original Star Wars trilogy. As a child, travelling into distant space, discovering new planets, exploring new frontiers and extraterrestrial possibilities, and never returning back to Earth was a vision that has always inspired me.
These memories were brought back to life just recently when I had the exclusive opportunity to meet two Aussie astronaut candidates for the 'Mars One' mission, on a Google Hangout. I was joined by Dianne McGrath and Josh Richards, and together we explored the definition of 'Astropreneurship', and how this new-age term is applicable to the space industry and to entrepreneurship.
I am always inspired by the stories of successful people, including serial entrepreneurs, inventors, explorers, and in particular ‘game changers’.
Game changers are individuals that challenge the status quo, and take unprecedented risks to pursue opportunity. They strongly believe in themselves and are fuelled by their flowing passion to succeed. More uniquely, they often have a legacy that hinges on the success of others, a desire for global change, wellbeing for humanity, innovation in business, etc.
In reflecting on my 20-year career, it’s evident that my success as an entrepreneur largely stems from the planning and understanding I put into my business ventures. My visions and goals have shaped the way I have performed and thought throughout my career.
My vision became my ultimate weapon for success when I was only 22. Before I started my rewarding career in business and during my employment as an engineer, I spent a lot of time dreaming about the possibilities of working for myself, travelling the world, and making lots of money. I was simply not inspired by the confines of traditional employment; I wanted the freedom to explore the possibilities and boundaries of an entrepreneurial career instead.
‘Disruption’ is not just a buzz word commonly used in the entrepreneurial sector; it’s the new-age ‘Gold Rush’ for Australia.
Over the past decade, this phenomenon was again repeated on a massive scale with the discovery of significant iron ore deposits, uranium, diamonds, coal, and other precious minerals.
There is no doubt therefore that Australia’s rich entrepreneurial history is by no means shallow, but to the envy of many developed nations. So what the does the future hold for Australia ?
We all know that entrepreneurial leaders are passionate individuals, with a zest for life, and a willingness to conquer opportunities despite the risks. They typically enjoy operating outside of their comfort zone to chase their ‘dream’.
Despite these positives, entrepreneurs are also challenged by continual setbacks and sometimes failure to pursue their long term aspirations. This might include dealing with sceptics, managing cash-flow issues, and an avalanche of day-to-day operational issues.
Even more challenging is learning how to effectively manage their entrepreneurial employees, or ‘intrapreneurs’, to create a harmonious and productive workplace environment for all those involved.
Innovative companies like 3M, Google, Apple, Toyota, Lockheed, and Virgin, would have not existed so successfully if it hadn’t been for the innovative ideas of their passionate intrapreneurs, and the effective leadership by the management team.
Federico Re shares his intimate thoughts and journey in co-founding ‘The Face of Entrepreneurs’in Melbourne, with a mission of ‘combining entrepreneurship with adventure’.
We all know that entrepreneurs are passionate individuals, with a zest for life, and a willingness to conquer the unknown despite the risks.
We also know that entrepreneurs typically operate outside of their comfort zone to pursue opportunity; they challenge the status quo; whilst dealing with failure, plenty of sceptics, and an avalanche of issues on a day to day.
Another core challenge for the entrepreneur is how to effectively manage their personnel, and ensure that the entrepreneurial spirit continues to manifest throughout the workplace.
Even more challenging is keeping a harmonious relationship between the business owner (the ‘entrepreneur’) and the entrepreneurial employee (the ‘intrapreneur’).
On 3rd September, 2013, Federico Re has been recognized by 'Worldwide Who’s Who' for showing dedication, leadership and excellence in entrepreneurship and business coaching.
As a result, Federico Re has been inducted into Worldwide Who’s Who for Excellence in Entrepreneurship.
What exactly is an ‘intrapreneur’ ?
How often do you come across this word, compared to the more conventional, more widely known word ‘entrepreneur’ ?
My experience is that more than 90% of people have never heard the word intrapreneur before. When I describe its meaning, I often get a look of amazement and curiosity !
What exactly is business mastery ?
When we think of mastery, we normally associate this word with other forms of specialist work or professions within the industry of music, sport, art, science, etc.
I can name a few: a concert pianist or composer; a karate black belt champion or Olympic champion; a writer; a painter; a fighter jet pilot; an astronaut; and the list goes on.
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