The Basics of Entrepreneurship: What You Can Learn About Entrepreneurship From A Teenager In New Brunswick

We’ve evolved into an age where most people have become obsessed with finding a job instead of creating one. In this, people relinquish their personal power and freedom while not being entirely conscious of how they’re doing it to begin with.

However, entrepreneurship is actually something anyone can potentially do. Everyone has the capability to be entrepreneur, even if mainstream society has turned it into some kind of elite club reserved for only the world’s mysterious geniuses.

Think back to all of our ancestors, hundreds and thousands of years ago: entrepreneurship was virtually the only way to bring in money: the mastery of a skill that was provided to others for a  reasonable fee of whatever currency was being used in their part of the world at the time. The original entrepreneurs were people who built simple things and sold them from their houses, or mastered a skill and traveled around to other villages to provide it to the people they met. Self-employment was what got us where we are today; it’s only become a matter of cultural programming that we should rely on bosses for our livelihoods, rather than ourselves.

This teenager, named Cameron Harrison, demonstrates exactly how that’s true, herein proving that you don’t have to be Steve Jobs to run your own business. Under the tutelage of his father, he’s a teenager who’s started his own  seasonal snowplowing business, acquiring contracts all on his own.

What Is Entrepreneurship?

Don’t overcomplicate it: entrepreneurship is simply the solution to any given problem in exchange for a price. This can apply to any conceivable potential problem in the world, large or small. This means that entrepreneurs are, by default, problem solvers, which is why entrepreneurship is vital to the progressive development and evolution of any given society, especially when competition is involved.

What this young man is doing is identifying a problem in his community: the inconvenience and even danger that yearly snows create for people in his vicinity.

To which, he is providing a solution: his snow plow to clear the way.

Notice how he’s only a teenager; he didn’t need a college degree and a 200+ IQ to do what he’s doing. He didn’t need to go into debt to do what he’s doing.

He simply needed to invest in some basic supplies and his tractor. The rest was up to his personal grit-work, which consists of him reaching out to members within his local community in order to get contracts.

And now, he has a means of acquiring income that he can build upon for the rest of his life.

What You Can Do To Be An Entrepreneur

That’s not to eschew higher education in general; it’s become almost a stereotype that the best entrepreneurs never go to college, or drop out. But in fact, some problems just cannot be solved without an education that you can’t otherwise acquire without an actual professor found in a degree program of a university, and that’s okay too.

Take for instance, this very company that hosts the blog of which you are now reading: StrataGem Internet Marketing.

I have, as the CEO, identified a common problem that plagues entrepreneurs worldwide: marketing.

It’s an all-to-common flaw in many aspiring innovators that they can visualize the solution to a problem, and perhaps even create the solution on their own, but that doesn’t mean that they actually know how to overcome competition and win the attention and loyalty of their target audience.

It’s like publishing a book: writing a book and selling a book are two entirely different concepts.

Becoming knowledgeable enough, complete a high-enough level of applicable skill, in the universal field of marketing did in fact require me to get a formal bachelor’s degree, along with countless hours of trial and error in my own entrepreneurial ventures, but upon finally achieving a professional level of competency, I am now able to employ myself as an Internet marketing consultant for virtually any business on the face of the earth, hence this website.

The solution I’m providing is knowledge to those who are not knowledgeable, as well as hands-on skill to those who are not adroit, in Internet marketing, in exchange for a set price that’s agreed upon between my clients and I.

Thus, what you can do to be an entrepreneur is entirely up to your imagination and willpower. The young man above can theoretically continue to build his business all throughout school, graduate, and continue to reinvest and grow his business until he’s got multiple workers and plows handling contracts state-wide from which he makes a massive profit every year that he can keep running for the rest of his life if he so chose.

Or, he can identify some other problem in the world, perhaps a more abstract one, get the education he needs to be able to provide that solution, and follow what would be virtually the same exact pattern of business development that he did with his snowplowing business for anything that he sets his mind to.

In Conclusion…

All it takes to be an entrepreneur is the identification of a problem, and the provision of its solution. That’s all. Inventions that make millions of dollars are just, when distilled to their first principle priori, new solutions to problems that no one else has hitherto answered in such a way before.

You’re surrounded by problems that you can solve right now, right in this very moment, if you have the keenness to open your eyes. Any problem can be turned into a business, large or small. The rest is up to marketing to make sure that your product or service gets out there in the world and attracts the right target audience.

Don’t let the thought of it intimidate you; you’ve already got what it takes. Remember, you don’t need to be magical to be an entrepreneur; entrepreneurship is simply a state of mind, a mentality, that can be culturally encouraged or discouraged.

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Michael Norton
Michael is the bestselling author of Fighting For Redemption, as well as an award-winning essayist, Internet marketing strategist, and mechanical engineer.

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