By design, words have semantic significance and they carry weight. We use words to succinctly convey deeper meaning, then we string them together in the form of sentences — the basis of communication structure relating to every aspect of our individual human being and shared cultural existence.
Words come with associated subconscious assumptions, often interpreted and applied in such a way that shapes our understanding of things that make up the world at large.
Yet what happens when a word becomes so casually woven into our collective vocabulary that it loses shared value and intended significance? Can a word, used in a context or capacity, mean different things to different people? Or, could a word as ubiquitous as entrepreneurship get lost in translation?
As the narrative of entrepreneurship continues to rise among mainstream vernacular, it’s about time to take a big step back and wonder:
What is entrepreneurship?
We began asking people what they mean, specifically, whenever they use this word — and were amazed the range of responses; take it to the blog, we were told!
So while we (as in TECHdotMN) have our own internal orientation of the term and where the boundaries lie, it’s clear that usage can imply different things depending on the source. And in light of the myriad of things designed around and for entrepreneurs, a focused perspective is helpful to ensure that our audience is on the same page.
In asking you, we aspire to foster open discussion and drive towards a clearer meaning of the word entrepreneurship going forward. Once established and articulated, we can further dissect and expand upon what it means to be an entrepreneur by definition, the varying types + degrees of entrepreneurship and — most importantly — how those who relate with with a given definition can identify their peers.
As an experiment, the next time you hear someone use the word entrepreneurship (or entrepreneur), simply ask: what does that mean to you?
Because it’s through clarity and communication that we can all learn…