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What are your motives as an entrepreneur?

What is essentially that passion and purpose that made you start your company and that keeps you moving.

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Shel Horowitz: Shel AT GreenAndProfitable com
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I help organizations thrive by building social transformation into your products, your services, and your marketing
  1. To avoid having a boss
  2. To use my skill in/love of writing, thinking, and speaking
  3. (This came later) To help other businesses and orgs make a difference with their businesses: helping them turn hunger and poverty into sufficiency, war into peace, and catastrophic climate change into planetary balance-at a profit
When I started 35 years ago, my original #3 was to tide me over until my freelance magazine career took off. But as my business evolved into writing, consulting, and speaking, I decided I like what I do. The early years, when I was mostly typing term papers and writing the occasional resume or press release, were not so much fun. I haven't typed a term paper since about 1990.These days,typical projects might include
  • Marketing and strategic planning for green businesses--with an emphasis on how they can find products and services that address one or more of those core problems
  • Ghostwriting entire books for clients (I'm very fussy about what I'll take on--has to be in keeping with my values)--or writing entire books under my own name (my 10th is Guerrilla Marketing to Heal the World)
  • Speaking at environmental and business events
  • Approaching corporate sponsors to fund my ability to reach audiences who cant pay me
In short, I've merged passion, purpose, and skills into a nice career. To get an idea of how business can actually create social change, please watch my TEDx
talk, "Impossible is a Dare"http://www.ted.com/tedx/events/11809(click on "event videos") to see the work as it existed two years ago, and visit http://goingbeyondsustainability.com/freebies and download the sampler from Guerrilla Marketing to Heal the World (you're welcome to take advantage of the other gifts on that page, too.
William Holz
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William Holz Entrepreneur
Data Analyst, Visualizer, and Healthcare Strategist at Lightbeam Health Solutions
I'm pretty new to the entrepreneur side of things, at this point it's more that I'm trying to do something really good with the rest of my life and do right by some good people who are no longer with us.

It's a good motivation though, and has definitely helped when it comes to thinking responsibly and treating my brain like a resource to be honed and exploited rather than just being pleasantly surprised when something shiny/clever comes out of it and saying 'I wonder where this came from?'

I find Shel's answer inspiring, because he's been in the world that I'm just now dabbling in for years and its great to see somebody who's both doing well on the social/networking side that I'm less comfortable with (more of a social introvert myself) while still having a strong 'do good in the world' focus.

Interesting question, I'm looking forward to the answers of others!
Alexandr Semichin
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Alexandr Semichin Entrepreneur
E-commerce expert, helping companies extract signal from overwhelming amount of noise to enable best ROI decisions
My main motive of being an entrepreneur is the ability to make positive impact on global scale.
Based on Game Theory, entrepreneurs are players in the game of Economics. And what really motivates is a challenge to be a winning player this game.
Chicke Fitzgerald
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Chicke Fitzgerald Entrepreneur • Advisor
Game Changing Strategist, Advisor & Technologist | Board Candidate | Zigging where others Zag
I was born to be an entrepreneur. It just took me 15 years in corporate life to realize it.
Dane H. Madsen
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Dane H. Madsen Entrepreneur • Advisor
CEO, SVP Business Development | Domestic & International, Product Marketing | Open to new connections
I had an idea that could not fail (yes, how dumb was that, but the lessons learned overcame that naivete) and I was tired of working for drones that had better politics and education, but room temperature intelligence. So I took the idea and sold people on it; investors, partners, employees, the public, and just fell in love with running the ball. It is an addiction. Never do this for money: Do it to change the world.
Andy Collen
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Andy Collen Advisor
Producer, Director,Owner, Happy Trails Animation
Funny you should ask this. I have never thought of Entrepreneur as a carer rather a term that you acquire. It is not something that you decide to do like wait tables or not. Entrepreneur as about a way of looking at things. Funny how the movie industry trashed the term Indie films jus to make money.. and now folks are walking around over using the word Entrepreneur because it is trending right now. Sorry to say but this term has more to do with vision and determination then a description of what you do. Since every grocery store label now says Organic on it does that mean all these new products are really organic... or has that term been watered down? Or maybe now we need to reconsider what the term Organics really means. Entrepreneur is a spirit and passion not a term from a resume...https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DJTrzP7roak
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