Note: This is a part of the series on lessons from different professions. Click here to read the previous one.
Was Buddha an entrepreneur? I was reading an article on how we have an employee mindset in all areas of our lives and it got me thinking about the connection between spirituality and entrepreneurship. If we have an entrepreneurial mindset towards life itself, we can make some serious shift in the way we live our lives.
An entrepreneur is like us. He is dissatisfied with reality. We all want to pursue our dreams and live life on our own terms but reality won’t allow us to do this. But what is reality? It is a combination of situations that are a result of people’s actions and reactions. When we say that the situations are not letting us to be happy, we are in fact saying that we are dependent on other people for our happiness.
An employee is afraid of people. If you want to make a living out of making music, you need people who understand, appreciate and pay for your music. So, when you do not believe in your dream, you are in a way saying that people won’t support your dream.
An entrepreneur on the other hand believes in his dream. And by doing this, he is trusting people to support him. If he succeeds in entrepreneurship, it is because people reward him for trusting them. So the entrepreneur teaches us the most important lesson of the universe: you have to give the very thing you want. The employee waits for others to trust him. An entrepreneur trusts people and himself before they trust him.
An employee is only answerable to the boss and his family. But an entrepreneur is answerable to his employees, customers, suppliers, share holders etc. When we move with an employee mindset, we blame others for our problems. We also trash others’ work because it is so easy. You are bored and you don’t have creative ideas to make efficient use of your time. So you consume others’ content and if you don’t like it, you trash it and insult the creator. But what is difficult is to write your own book or create your own life. By thinking like an employee, we don’t have to take up the responsibility of our own selves. Doing your own thing is a risk because you are vulnerable to criticism.
The employee and the entrepreneur both change themselves because they know that they cannot force others to change. But, there is a difference: the employee changes himself because he thinks that there is no option. It is because of fear. The entrepreneur changes himself out of love.
This doesn’t mean that everybody has to be an entrepreneur in the literal sense (also, some entrepreneurs behave like cowards too). We can be employees and still be entrepreneurs by leading our own selves and having a vision that is not a product of the society.
Buddha was an entrepreneur because he took the responsibility of his ego, enlightenment, emotions etc. Even if someone abused him, he didn’t let his emotions get the better of him. He was his own boss.