Jolie O’Dell gives idea fountains (like me) a well deserved kick in the pants:
I am officially taking the word “entrepreneur” away from you.
In the sublime and ever-so-fitting phrasing of Inigo Montoya, “You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.”
Over the past few years, more than a few of you have irresponsibly commandeered the term “entrepreneur” and used it in wholly inappropriate situations. It’s as though you’re afraid to say something simple, such as “I’m working on an idea,” or “I’ve got a side project,” instead announcing to the world, “I’m an entrepreneur!”
Making a sandwich does not make you a chef. Babysitting does not make you a parent. Changing your girlfriend’s oil does not make you a mechanic.
If you have no capital, no employees, and no product, but you DO have another job working for someone else (or if you’re a full-time college student), you’re not an entrepreneur.