An entrepreneur, in the words of Victoria Jackson, is “someone who thinks the way you do and you’re trying to get the best of what you can”.
And that’s a challenge for all of us, she said.
The New York Times recently described it as a “challenge that many of us have” but one that is becoming more difficult, she argued.
Jackson, who runs a boutique in Melbourne’s south, is one of a growing number of entrepreneurs who have embraced the word entrepreneur.
“Entrepreneurs are not just entrepreneurs,” she said, “they’re also very much about the people they work with, their team, and how they’re making money.
They’re very entrepreneurial about the world they live in.”
It’s a term that many would argue has become redundant, she added.
But the New York City-based entrepreneur said she has not been discouraged.
She has not had any setbacks in her journey, despite having never been a registered entrepreneur before.
In the past, the word “entrepreneurship” has meant anything from starting a small business to getting a small piece of property, she argues.
It’s been an opportunity for me, but I’ve also learnt how to look at the bigger picture and that I can be really, really good at what I do, she continued.
You don’t need to be a big name to become an entrepreneur.
There’s a lot of things that you need to learn, and you don’t even need to know the word, she insisted.
There are lots of people out there who have been working on their own for a long time, she asserted.
I think that a lot more people are starting to see that they can actually do a little bit of things themselves.
One of the biggest things I think people need to realise is that there’s nothing in life that you have to do in order to be successful.
And if you’re going to be the person that you want to be, you’re either going to succeed or you won’t succeed, she explained.
Being an entrepreneur doesn’t mean that you’re a celebrity, she concluded.
“You can’t be an ‘entrepreneuant’ because you’re only successful if you do something people want to see you do.
Entrepreneur is not something that’s done to be famous.
You need to make a good start.
I think that’s the key.”
In her latest book, Entrepreneur: My Journey of Change, Jackson said she wanted to share what she’s learned.
A New Yorker by birth, Jackson, who was raised in New Jersey, has a bachelor’s degree in English and philosophy.
She also holds a master’s degree from Georgetown University.
Her new book is set to be published next year.