Updated: February 5, 2015
What’s the biggest difference between an employee and an entrepreneur?
The obvious answer is that an employee is someone who works in a company, while an entrepreneur is the one who owns the company where the employee works.
But that’s not really an accurate difference in my opinion, because a lot of entrepreneurs also work as employees in their own business.
And my belief is that, a person cannot be both an employee and an entrepreneur – you can only be one or the other.
If that is so, then the difference between the two is not confined within what they simply do – but more accurately, in how they think about themselves and their future.
Below is a video of Dr. Tina Seelig, one of my favorite authors and a professor at Stanford University. In this 2-minute clip entitled, “Don’t Wait to be Anointed”, she gives us the answer to the question above.
Entrepreneurs make their own business cards.
Indeed, the moment you decide that you want to make your own business card, then you’ve officially taken the first step towards entrepreneurship.
To paraphrase what Tina Seelig said in the video, entrepreneurs are the ones who are willing to build the ladder below them, while employees are the ones who simply wait for someone to put the ladder up in front of them.
Which one are you today?
Did you like the video above? Then check her out in these other videos:
- Make Money by Providing Value
- Turning Lemonade Into Helicopters
- On Entrepreneurship and Divergent Thinking