My Dad, an entrepreneur

February 25, 2011 at 5:17 pm Leave a comment

This week was National Entrepreneurship Week. I reflected all week on what that means: How entrepreneurship impacts our nation; How Lemonade Day inspires entrepreneurship, teaches our youth skills that they carry throughout life  and instills a sense of purpose, pride and accomplishment they might not have experienced in their life yet. With President Obama‘s recent Startup America campaign, “to celebrate, inspire, and accelerate high-growth entrepreneurship throughout the nation,” it seems business is on everyone’s mind and tongues.

My Dad, circa 1948

But for me, entrepreneurship is personal. I grew up with it. Entrepreneurship is my Dad. My dad opened up his own business in the 80’s. It was a computer repair business. Remember the days before Geek Squad? Before laptops and cell phones were in everyone’s hands and classrooms? Remember your first email address? [Mine was a Juno address … those were the days] And when times got tough – when his business was broken into and robbed of everything, when Geek Squad bugs rolled through every street, when the world changed, my dad stayed in business. He changed his business model. He adapted to the change. You see, when you’re an entrepreneur, you see a world full of opportunity. And I’ve never heard my dad say, “That’s not my job.” He instilled in me my unending curiosity for everything in this world. Whether it’s learning Morse code and trying for my ham radio license, teaching myself new software, or learning to cook by almost burning down the kitchen … I credit my dad for my “I can do anything” attitude [and probably for my “I don’t need the directions” attitude, too.]

But I come from a family of entrepreneurs … my grandmother owned her own dress shop; my grandfather, a bar …

Great Grandpa tending bar at Grandpa's place, 1947

The world is full of entrepreneurs. Look out your window, from mobile food trucks to celebrity entrepreneurs like Steve Jobs … they all started with one person who had an idea.

“Entrepreneurs embody the promise of America: the idea that if you have a good idea and are willing to work hard and see it through, you can succeed in this country. And in fulfilling this promise, entrepreneurs also play a critical role in expanding our economy and creating jobs.”

-President Barack Obama, January 31, 2011

So this week, in honor of National Entrepreneurship Week, thank an entrepreneur. We have a movement in Houston called Support Local, Grow Together #SLGT. Support your local business owner. Support your local lemonade stand. Support your local farmers at farmers’ markets. Support businesses large and small – they all started with an idea.

Business is good.

Is there an entrepreneur in your life?
What entrepreneur inspires you?
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