Are You An Entrepreneur?

Ralph M. RiveraCopyright, Entrepreneurship5 Comments

Are You An Entrepreneur? Entrepreneurs are forged and tempered in the sometimes grueling fire of hard work.

What’s an entrepreneur? I don’t even know that the word has a definition at this point. It’s so overused and broadly defined. In a make believe cinematic universe, entrepreneurs are people who hang out at raves every night drinking expensive champagne and traveling the world without a care.

The truth is more gritty.

Entrepreneurs are people who know the feeling of missing dinner with family because they have to work late. Entrepreneurs are people who know what it’s like to pour your heart and soul into a prospect or project only to have that opportunity or project disappear for the most insignificant of reasons. Entrepreneurs are people who have to borrow money, not as capital or funding for their business, but to make this month’s rent. Entrepreneurs are people who compromise in order to close deals that they know are not in their best interest.

Oftentimes, entrepreneurs are people who take a journey of a thousand miserable steps.

Do I consider myself en entrepreneur? I’m not sure, but plenty of people tell me I am. My buddy Charlie Patel once asked me what characterized me as an entrepreneur and I told him that I had to pick up cat puke the prior day before a client meeting. He thought that was a brilliant illustration.

Don’t cry for me though. I live in a nice house in a nice area and drive a BMW. But that doesn’t mean that the journey there was the end result of a night out with a bunch of buddies with ironic mustaches.

Entrepreneurs aren’t the product of their personal brand or social engagement. They don’t spring into existence because of well curated content or a growing mailing list.

Entrepreneurs are forged and tempered in the sometimes grueling fire of hard work.

Are you an entrepreneur?

These are my 300 words for the day. I am Ralph M. Rivera.

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Hi, I'm Ralph! I'm a web developer and founder of Rahvalor Interactive, a creative marketing services company based in Holmdel, New Jersey. I founded Rahvalor in 1999 with my wife and business partner Carol Lynn, and in January 2012 we created Web.Search.Social as a branded service offering that brings enterprise-level services to small businesses in an affordable way. My primary role is programming and development, and with 25 solid years of marketing experience behind me, I write, consult and develop strategy for our customers. I'm also the CTO of Triberr and I teach web development at Manhattan College in New York City. Carol Lynn and I live near the coast in central New Jersey, less than an hour from the place of my birth – the island of Manhattan. We are at the constant beck and call of Ash, our 17-year-old American Shorthair cat. I'm also trying to build a flux capacitor, but that's not going as well as the other stuff I do.
  • Wait, doesn’t everyone clean up cat puke? From what I’ve seen, you are an entrepreneur, Ralph. I tried to act like one for years, but it doesn’t suit me. I’m definitely more of a freelancer. I drive a fifteen year old car. I clean up after my dogs. I don’t work weekends anymore. It works for me. Seth Godin’s Startup School podcast really helped me figure out I want to be a freelancer, even if that means I’ll never be rich.

    • Considering you are my retirement plan, I have a real problem with you saying “I’ll never be rich.”

      • I know. I thought you should know now so you could make a plan B.

  • I clean up dog puke, does that count? I never know what to call myself. I am just following my passion. I found myself answering a new dr the other day, when he asked what time I get up and go to work, ” oh, I dont”… I have been mulling that over for days. I work. I work more hours than anyone I know. Wth? What was I thinking? I don’t however, keep a schedule. With purpose, I sleep when my body says sleep. I wake when my body says wake. But, that doesn’t mean there isn’t 16 hours of work done in between..

  • Jeff Sieh

    I still don’t know what I want to be. But I do know that I don’t want to ever be cleaning up cat puke.