I'd like to talk about these people, women and men, we often do not see because they usually hide in the shadows: entrepreneurs.
I don't know about you but I'm tired of all the news around the Covid19 pandemic. It's mentally draining. It creates too much distraction at a time where, as an entrepreneur, I need to focus more than ever about what's coming up next. As Olga Zinovyeva says in Inter:views #54: "Entrepreneurs sell the future."
Today, entrepreneurs, big and small, are more important than ever. Many of them have been facing the toughest times ever, regardless of their business size and industry. Simply think about the hospitality sector (restaurants, hotels, entertainment venues) for a minute, and how big of a slap in the face business owners in that industry have taken.
For others, the pandemic has turned out to be a fantastic opportunity to grow their businesses x-fold, providing jobs to thousands.
Entrepreneurship is a journey. It comes with ups and downs, some bigger than others.
I know one thing though. Regardless of the situation they are in, I'm sure that all business owners will always fight as hard as they can because they are passionate about what they do. Being an entrepreneur is a calling. This is our lives.
All entrepreneurs I've been talking to on my podcast Inter:views are genuinely concerned about their people, before their own sake. I know some whom have decided to stop paying themselves a salary so they could keep their staff on the payroll.
Entrepreneurs understand the value in people. They realize that their businesses cannot thrive if their employees do not thrive.
As Sofia Pohls, the co-Founder of Finders Seekers explain: "My task is to bring other people up. It’s the very powerful thing to know about yourself. Once I realized that leadership is to make sure that I have super clever people around me, and I just need to make them bloom, you really become a coach in the organization.“
Listen to her full episode:
According to the World Bank's website, SMEs represent about 90% of businesses and more than 50% of employment worldwide. Formal SMEs contribute up to 40% of national income (GDP) in emerging economies. The impact SMEs make among the world economy is huge.
We do not often pay tribute to the SMEs' driving forces, the entrepreneurs. Instead, we hear these stories about greedy corporations that abuse their people and their customers, and we tend to put everybody in the same basket. As a result, most business owners, the real ones, those who really care, are discredited.
Today, we need to support entrepreneurs to tackle the turmoil. Help them create solutions to pivot their businesses, and find their ways out.
Because once they have passed the turbulence zone, entrepreneurs will continue to create jobs and boost the economy.
Let's take the time to celebrate them. Thank you!
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